Dry Fork Power Plant

The proposed 385-megawatt Dry Fork Power Plant north of Gillette is a clear case of reliance on aging technology in a 21st century world. Proposed by North Dakota-based Basin Electric Power Cooperative and funded with low-cost taxpayer-guaranteed loans, the plant's 1950s-era approach to generating power would sacrifice efficiency gains developed over decades in favor of the lowest possible cost of generation. And most of the electricity from this plant would go to power coal mines and coalbed methane wells, not homes or ranches.

Powder River has urged that Basin be required to use-or at least explore the use of-modern, more efficient technology at the Dry Fork Power Plant.