The future of energy is uncertain. The most realistic way to plan for a strong and reliable energy future is to find the right balance of all of our resources. Though the numbers fluctuate slightly over time, Cass County Electric Cooperative utilizes an energy portfolio consisting of 55% coal, 34% wind, 8% hydro, and 3% other sources.
Fossil fuels are energy resources that come from the remains of plants and animals. These remains are millions of years old.
Fossil fuels – like coal, oil and natural gas – provide the energy that powers our lifestyles and our economy. Fossil fuels power everything from the planes in the sky to the cars on the road. They heat our homes and light up the night. They're the bedrock on which we base our energy mix.
One of the main uses of fossil fuels is to generate electricity. Coal is the number one fuel source for electric generation, accounting for more than half of all resources used. Thanks to investments in emission reduction technology over the last decade, CCEC's power supplier, Minnkota Power Cooperative, meets or exceeds all state and federal regulations on coal emissions.
Cass County Electric Cooperative is one of 11 distribution cooperatives that own Minnkota Power Cooperative, a generation and transmission utility. Minnkota Power Cooperative operates the Milton R. Young Station, a coal-fired power plant at Center, N.D.; owns two 900-kW wind turbines at Valley City and Petersburg, N.D.; has wind energy contracts with affiliates of NextEra Energy from the Langdon, Ashtabula, and Oliver Wind Energy Centers; and delivers hydroelectric allocations from Western Area Power Administration to its member-owners.
Minnkota Power Cooperative monitors and provides emission reports to the North Dakota Department of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency and continues to invest in and install emissions control technology to reduce emissions. Thanks to these investments, Minnkota currently meets or exceeds all state and federal regulations on coal emissions. The graphs that follow are based on reports filed by Minnkota and show Cass County Electric Cooperative's share of the emissions based on kWh sales. As the graphs indicate, emissions per kWh have trended down over the last decade.