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Power Supply

West Central Electric, along with other cooperatives, are members in Basin Electric Power Cooperative, headquartered in Bismarck, North Dakota. Basin is our wholesale power supplier and the nation’s largest generation and transmission cooperative serving an eight state area in the midwest.

Through this joint ownership of Basin Electric, West Central Electric is a co-owner of four power plants, including three coal-fired and one oil-fired facility. The combined electric generating capacity of the units is 3,304 megawatts.

Basin Electric provides approximately 70 percent of our power requirements; the remainder is purchased from the Western Area Power Administration, the marketing agency for the federally-owned hydroelectric facilities in this region.

All our power is transmitted to us through Rushmore Electric Power Cooperative, a jointly-owed generation and transmission cooperative based in Rapid City, South Dakota. Thanks to deliberate planning and careful management, Basin Electric and Rushmore Electric ensure West Central Electric members a reliable, economical supply of energy - now and in the future.


West Central Electric’s commitment to you is to provide the most reliable power supply at the most economical cost. Key to this strategy is a redundancy of facilities and ability to offer fast, efficient service from a variety of sources.

Electric service is provided by many distribution circuits within our service area. Each circuit is designed to tie with other circuits so, should the need arise, power is available from an adjoining circuit.

We offer electric service at a variety of standard voltages, both single phase and three phase, to meet the requirements of your project.

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