Talking Points


Your cooperative is welcome to use these grab-and-go documents about key issues.

Value of Dakota Gas

Two sets of talking points detail the value of Dakota Gas to the membership.

  • Dakota Gas overview: A comprehensive piece that details how Dakota Gas brings value to the membership.
  • Dakota Gas Q&A: A question-and-answer piece that addresses Dakota Gas and its relationship to Basin Electric and the membership.
  • Dakota Gas fact sheet: As members, you deserve the facts.


Cooperative Power Supply

  • Co-op vs for-profit: A comparison piece examining the benefits of cooperative power supply versus for-profit suppliers.

Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule

On Sept. 6, 2019 the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule became effective. This rule replaced the 2015 Clean Power Plan (CPP) to regulates carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from coal-based generating units only. On Sept. 17, 2019 the DC Circuit Court dismissed the CPP.

To help you learn more about this topic and communicate it to your members, please refer to these talking points about the ACE rule.

Clean Power Plan

On June 19, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final rule to replace the 2015 Clean Power Plan and regulate carbon dioxide emissions from coal-based power plants. See information above about the ACE rule.

Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA)

PURPA was enacated in 1978 in part to require utilities to buy power from qualifying facilities.


Fact sheets

PDFs available for these fact sheets:

  • Energy Security
  • Environmental Commitment
  • Renewable Energy
  • Great Plains Synfuels Plant
  • Innovation
  • Serving the Bakken
  • Transmission and Southwest Power Pool (SPP)
  • Commitment to Community