New Power Station Gets Going
by KDLT News
August 16, 2012 10:06 PM
The Deer Creek Station opened in Elkton earlier this month. Basin Electric unveiled their new facility. The new plant is operational but wasn’t fully up and running while our cameras were there.
“The unique for Basin Electric is that it is a first for us, it is a first for South Dakota and we are very proud of this plant and happy we are able to locate here and produce electricity,” said Daryl Hill, spokesperson for Basin.
It’s a first for the company because the plant produces electricity with both natural gas and steam. The Plant has two turbines and generators to generate even more electricity for the surrounding areas.
Andrew Serri, CEO of Basin Electric said, “The plant offers 28 full time jobs, it is low-cost, clean energy for the future.”
There are two turbines in the plant. When all units run together, they can generate three hundred megawatts, which is enough for 240,000 homes. The plant is planning on running when highest and shut down at night when demand is lower.
“This is a brand new plant for eastern South Dakota. It is one more aspect of providing electricity for rural residents not only in South Dakota but for other regions as well,” said Hill.
Basin Electric hopes the new plant will generate both electricity and different opportunities.
The $4 million facility has about thirty full time employees.