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Basin Electric Power – Why Work For Us?

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About Us

We are a not-for-profit generation and transmission cooperative incorporated in 1961 to provide supplemental power to a consortium of rural electric cooperatives. Today we are 137 member cooperatives strong. Our member service territories comprise 540,000 square miles in nine states. By the end of year 2014, Basin Electric will operate 4,913 megawatts (MW) of wholesale electric generating capacity, and have 5,478 MW of capacity within its generation portfolio. We own 2,168 miles and maintain 2,253 miles of high-voltage transmission, and we own and maintain equipment in 70 switchyards and 149 telecommunication sites. We serve 2.85 million electric consumers.

Basin Electric Headquarters in Bismarck, North Dakota is the administrative hub of our parent and subsidiary companies, including the offices of Dakota Gasification Company (Dakota Gas), Dakota Coal Company (Dakota Coal), and Basin Telecommunications Inc. (BTInet).
 
Our core business is coal-based electric generation and transmission (G&T) with coal gasification, synthetic natural gas production, carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and transport, gas turbine generation, wind energy, waste heat (renewable) energy, and nuclear power expanding our energy portfolio.


undefinedDakota Gasification Company is a for-profit subsidiary of Basin Electric Power Cooperative. Dakota Gas acquired the plant from the U.S. Department of Energy in 1988. The Synfuels Plant is the only commercial-scale coal gasification plant in the United States that manufactures natural gas.

The plant is located near Beulah, ND, and adjacent to Basin Electric's Antelope Valley Station, a 900-megawatt baseload electric generating plant.

Dakota Gasification is people - a workforce of knowledgeable and skilled plant personnel, technicians, engineers, accountants, administrators, assistants and communicators.

If you're looking for a career that offers competitive pay, benefits, career growth opportunities and a sense of pride, we invite you to explore our Careers pages. Discover why Dakota Gasification is a great place toundefined work.

Dakota Coal Company is not a mining company. It controls rights to lignite reserves in North Dakota and provides financing for the Freedom Mine north of Beulah, ND. Dakota Coal is also responsible for marketing Freedom Mine lignite production. The Freedom Mine is owned and operated by The Coteau Properties Company, a subsidiary of the North American Coal Corporation, Dallas, TX.

Dakota Coal's customers include Basin Electric's Antelope Valley Station, near Beulah, ND; the Leland Olds Station, near Stanton, ND; and Dakota Gasification Company's Great Plains Synfuels Plant.

Dakota Coal and Coteau work closely with their customers to ensure lignite quality doesn't hamper daily plant operations. Customers know the quality of every shipment of lignite coal before they receive it. This information helps them handle their fuel to meet production and emissions goals.

Dakota Coal also has a division, Wyoming Lime Producers, and a subsidiary, Montana Limestone Company.

undefinedPrairieWinds includes two for-profit subsidiaries, PrairieWinds ND 1 Inc. and PrairieWinds SD 1 Inc. to develop wind projects in North Dakota and South Dakota, respectively. PrairieWinds ND 1, Inc. was formed to develop a new 115.5 megawatt (MW) wind project south of Minot, ND, called PrairieWinds 1. It's the largest wind project solely owned and operated by an electric cooperative in the United States. PrairieWinds ND 1, Inc. also owns Minot Wind Project, which consists of two 1.3-MW turbines built in 2002, and three 1.5-MW turbines built in 2009. Minot Wind is located south of Minot, ND.

PrairieWinds SD 1 Inc. was formed to develop wind projects in South Dakota. Crow Lake Wind consists of 108 GE 1.5-megawatt turbines – 100 are owned and operated by PrairieWinds SD 1, Inc., one turbine is owned by Mitchell Technical Institute, and the remaining seven are owned by a group of local community investors called the South Dakota Wind Partners.


I love my Job

Basin Electric and its subsidiaries offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to full-time and part-time employees:

401(k) plan

  • Two options available: Traditional 401(k) and Roth 401(k)
  • Basin Electric contributes/matches a percentage of employee contribution based on employment status
  • A loan option is available

Cancer care / intensive care plans

  • Supplemental insurance for expenses incurred either due to cancer or extended stays in a hospital intensive care unit
  • Different options available
  • Premiums paid by employee through payroll deduction

Dental insurance

  • Two options of coverage available
  • Coverage starts on the first of the month following three months of employment
  • Premiums paid by Employer for Denta 50
  • Employee pays difference in premium for Denta 150
  • Part-time employee is eligible for a single Denta 50 dental plan
  • Part-time employee pays difference in premium for other than a single Denta 50 plan

Dependent life and accidental death & dismemberment (AD&D) insurance

  • Coverage available for spouse and eligible dependent children.
  • Coverage starts the first of the month following three months of employment
  • Premiums paid by employee through bank deduction

Educational assistance

  • Full-time employees who complete undergraduate or graduate course work at a local/regional accredited educational institution in an approved program may receive up to 100 percent education reimbursement
  • Part-time employees may be eligible for pro-rated reimbursement

Employee Assistance Program

  • Offers confidential help in areas of personal concern and difficulty
  • Includes emotional crisis; individual, marital, and parenting concerns; financial and legal difficulties; chemical addiction evaluation; and work-related problems
  • The Cooperative will provide up to eight appointments with an employee assistance counselor for each problem

Flexible spending accounts

  • Two separate accounts: Dependent Care Account and Health Care Account
  • Dependent Care Accounts are used to pay for child care expenses while employee and spouse are working
  • Health Care Accounts are used to pay out-of-pocket expenses such as deductibles, co-insurances, and other medical expenses not covered by insurance
  • Contributions are pretax and begin the first of the month following date of employment
  • Minimum pay period contribution of $5; maximum pay period contribution of $208

Life and accidental death & dismemberment (AD&D) insurance

  • Coverage determined by rounding up base annual salary to next thousand
  • Coverage starts on the first of the month following three months of employment
    Employer provides 2X coverage
  • Employee can purchase up to 3X additional coverage through payroll deduction
  • Coverage maximum of $1,000,000 for life insurance
  • Coverage maximum of $1,000,000 for AD&D insurance

Long-term care

  • Includes nursing home, assisted living, home care, respite care, bed reservation, alternate care, caregiver training, and equipment
  • Different options available
  • Premiums paid by employee through bank deduction

Long-term disability insurance

  • 90-day waiting period
  • Pays 60 percent of predisability salary or 70 percent of all sources of income
  • Payment begins after 90 days of total disability
  • Premiums paid by Employer

Medical insurance

  • Coverage starts the first day of employment
  • Part-time employee is eligible for a single medical plan
  • Part-time employee pays difference in premium for other than a single plan

Exercise Equipment / PC loan program

  • Employees purchase their own computer systems or exercise equipment and, based on qualified purchases, repay the loan per the terms of the loan agreement through payroll deduction.

Retirement program

  • Waiting period based on employment status
  • Normal retirement is age 62
  • Retirement benefits are calculated using a predefined benefit formula
  • Premiums paid by Employer

Vision insurance

  • Coverage starts on the first of the month following the first day of employment
  • Enrollment in plan is for a 24-month period
  • Premiums paid by employee through payroll deduction

Wellness program

Basin Electric and its subsidiaries promote a total lifestyle approach to employee wellness by providing blood screenings, flu shots, fitness facilities, and wellness and health education programs.

Basin Electric is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

Internships

 

Basin Electric's paid internships run parallel with students attending regular full-time classes. Internships are available in a variety of professional positions. Students work part-time while attending school and full-time during the summer months. The internship is flexible, working around the students' classroom schedule. Internships typically run from 18-24 months.

Basin Electric, along with other utility companies, also works hand-in-hand with Bismarck State College's Power Plant Technology/Process Plant Technology Program. An internship has been implemented as part of the curriculum whereby students must intern at a power plant. This is a paid two-week ONLY internship.

Students interested in gaining a meaningful work experience should contact their college advisor, department chairperson or placement office located at the educational institution they are attending. Internships may be located at Headquarters in Bismarck or at a plant facility.

Cooperative Education Program

This program is designed to assist students in applying their education to productive work experiences in their field of study by offering full-time paid work instead of regular classes.

To be eligible for the Cooperative Education Program, students must take a semester or two away from college.

Basin Electric pays the cost of tuition and fees for credits received for Cooperative Education Program work experience. The maximum credits allowable per semester will be four.

Placements are available in a variety of professional positions. Students may be placed at Headquarters in Bismarck or at a plant facility.

Students interested in gaining a meaningful work experience should contact their college advisor, department chairperson or placement office located at the educational institution they are attending.

Student placements usually take place in the spring or fall, but are also done as workforce needs dictate.

Basin Electric is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

Professional Development

Bismarck State College Basin Electric believes in investing in people – our employees, our members, and the next generation of workers.

We also believe that investing in a person's continuing education is an investment in a stronger future for electric cooperatives and rural America. Basin Electric's future as a diverse energy supplier requires a skilled, educated workforce that can construct, operate and support coal-based, gasification and renewable facilities.

We offer a variety of educational opportunities:

  • Educational assistance program (reimbursement for tuition and books based on company policy
  • External seminars and conferences
  • Internal seminars offered through Human Resources

Basin Electric is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.


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    I have been working at Basin Electric Power full-time for more than 3 years

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    I applied online. The process took 4 months - interviewed at Basin Electric Power in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied in November 2013. Spoke with the hiring manager at my college's career fair and said he had my resume and asked about coming onsite for an interview. A few weeks later I received a call to set up the interview. They were very flexible in getting me down, as I was unable to make it when many of the other candidates were coming.

    The interview was pretty laid back. Mostly some questions about experiences and then questions about living in the area (as it is a small town). Had lunch onsite which was good and went for a tour. To end the day I was asked to take a drug test which was a bit unusual from the 10 or so other interviews I had been on, but most likely is more convenient for them.

    Was told I would hear back within a week. A day after a week I emailed them as I had other offers to respond on. I did not hear back so the following day I sent an email to withdraw my name if it was still being considered.

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Basin Electric Power Awards & Accolades

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Top 10 Young Professional Workplaces, Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network, 2013
Best Large Company to Work For, The Bismarck Tribune's Best of the Best - Readers' Choice, 2013
Best Large Company to Work For, The Bismarck Tribune's Best of the Best - Readers' Choice, 2014
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Additional Info

Website www.basinelectric.com
Headquarters Bismarck, ND
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1961
Type Company - Private
Industry Oil, Gas, Energy & Utilities
Revenue $1 to $2 billion (USD) per year

Basin Electric is one of the largest electric generation and transmission cooperatives in the United States. We were created to provide reliable low-cost power for our members and today we serve 137 member cooperative systems in nine states from the Canadian border to the border of Mexico. We have a diverse energy portfolio that includes coal, gas, oil, nuclear, distributed... More

Mission: Basin Electric Power Cooperative will provide cost-effective wholesale energy along with products and services that support and unite rural America.

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