Winter as we know it in South Dakota finally showed up with below zero wind chills along with snow. As a point of interest – when the temperatures dropped well below zero the last week in January, the generation mix providing us power looked like the map below which was provided by Basin Electric Power Cooperative.
Coal generation took care of approximately 50 percent of the required loads and natural gas was more than 30 percent. Wind generation at one point had to be completely turned off due to the extreme low temperatures. This serves as a stark reminder that the coal and gas generators provide us stable firm power that protects us through some of our most extreme weather conditions. I can’t imagine how one would respond to the membership if we could not provide power during these periods due to lack of generation and thankful that our power supplier plans for such.
Jessica Keller from Trail City began her duties as material/work order clerk on Jan. 14. Jess is a 2000 graduate of Timber Lake High School; she loves the outdoors including riding horseback and caring for livestock. We congratulate Jess and welcome her to our cooperative.
Until next month…God Bless.