In a bit of good news, it appears as though South Dakota will soon (relatively speaking) have a new power-generation facility.
Basin Electric Power Cooperative of Bismarck, N.D., is moving ahead with plans for a $405 million plant near Brookings that will use natural gas and steam to produce electricity.
Based on current supply (and demand) for electricity, I’m thinking that quite a bit of the power from this facility may end up going out of state, but that’s not a bad thing. South Dakota struggles at times with exporting products outside of agricultural ones.
I do wonder where they will be getting the natural gas necessary to heat the water into steam. Right now, some power-generation facilities are required to switch from natural gas to diesel over the winter months because residential customers get first priority for natural gas (since it is essential to heating).