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Wind Power News: Montana


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

March 21, 2019 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Judge temporarily halts construction on Crazy Mountain Wind project

A Montana District Court judge has temporarily blocked the construction of a proposed wind farm on the Park and Sweet Grass county lines. Judge Jon Oldenburg ruled Tuesday that San Francisco-based Pattern Energy cannot start the construction of a 22-turbine wind farm on the properties of ranchers Rick Jarrett and Alfred Anderson until the case goes to trial. But a group of neighbors sued to stop the project, arguing it would hurt their ability to enjoy their land as it . . . Complete story »

January 19, 2019 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed wind farm subject of lawsuits

A proposed wind farm between Livingston and Big Timber has received multiple legal challenges from a group of landowners opposed to the project. The latest action came Thursday, when the nearby ranches filed a lawsuit against Sweet Grass County, alleging a proposed road use agreement ceded too much control over county roads to Crazy Mountain Wind, LLC, the company behind the project. Hours later, the Sweet Grass County Commission declined to make a decision on the agreement, saying at the . . . Complete story »

January 9, 2019 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine project near Crazy Mountains raises concern among residents

Dozens of wind turbines are being considered for installation in the Crazy Mountains, stirring controversy among those who live in the area. Pattern Energy has plans to install 500-foot wind turbines between the Yellowstone River and the mountain range. The turbines would span parts of Park and Sweet Grass counties. Many Montanans living close to the Crazy Mountains—and even ones who don’t—have signed a petition put together by the Crazy Mountain Neighbor Coalition to stop the wind turbine project that . . . Complete story »

November 19, 2018 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Montana wind farm exempted from frequency response rule

FERC ruled last week that an existing Montana wind farm awaiting a new interconnection is exempt from a recent commission order requiring all new generators to be capable of providing primary frequency response. The commission’s Nov. 15 ruling said Order 842 does not apply to NaturEner’s Glacier Wind Farm II, which has been in the queue for Enbridge’s Montana-Alberta Tie-Line (MATL) since 2013 and currently the only resource to request to join the 214-mile, 230-kV AC line extending from Lethbridge, . . . Complete story »

October 15, 2018 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Neighbors sue to block planned Montana wind farm near Crazy Mountains

LIVINGSTON – Neighbors of a planned wind farm in southwestern Montana are suing to block the project. The Livingston Enterprise reports the Crazy Mountain Wind Farm would harvest 80 megawatts of electricity from 24 wind towers near the Sweet Grass and Park county line. Construction is scheduled to begin next spring. The lawsuit filed late last month in Park County is by four neighboring property owners with ranching and agricultural land. They allege the wind project will threaten wetlands, migratory birds, . . . Complete story »

August 28, 2018 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Montana wind energy project paused

HELENA – A developer is proposing a 320-megawatt wind energy project in south-central Montana. This comes with battery storage for the power it produces, but the project is on hold due to an impasse in negotiations over rates with NorthWestern Energy. The Beaver Creek project would include four, 80-megawatt wind farms north of Columbus. They will have battery storage that enables the project to provide a steady flow of power. Developers say it would create 350 jobs during construction as . . . Complete story »

August 28, 2018 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm moving in North of Springdale

An 80-megawatt wind facility is moving in just North of Springdale. KULR-8’s Luke Laster was at a meeting tonight in Big Timber where people for and against the project were in attendance. The Crazy Mountain Wind Project is planned to span over both Park and Sweetgrass counties and is expected to entail around 24 wind turbines altogether. Some residents are for the project, and believe it will bring in work for Montana laborers. Adam Renz, Government Relations Representative for Pattern . . . Complete story »

August 22, 2018 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Montana developer eyes PURPA contracts for 320 MW of wind, 640 MWh of storage

Dive Brief: A renewable energy developer filed with the Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) this month to build 320 MW of wind and 160 MW/640 MWh of battery storage spread over four separate projects in the state. Caithness Beaver Creek wants to develop the four 80 MW wind projects and 40 MW/160 MWh batteries as qualifying facilities (QFs) under the Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA) after negotiations over capacity payments broke down with Northwestern Energy, Montana’s largest utility. PURPA requires . . . Complete story »

July 14, 2018 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Montana wind power: Big projects on tap in central Montana

MARTINSDALE – From the top of Gordon Butte, Montana’s sparsely populated upper Musselshell River Valley stretches below, dotted with the occasional irrigation pivot, ranch house or wind turbine. But if the plans of renewable-power developers pan out, the butte and the valley will become major construction sites – a large wind farm, or two, and a $1 billion hydropower project that serves as a “battery” storage to complement intermittent wind power. “As we look to export more and more wind . . . Complete story »

July 12, 2018 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

One of Great Falls’ first wind turbines coming down

Great Falls College MSU is removing the wind turbine from its campus. Deconstruction is expected to be complete next week. The wind turbine was purchased used from the University of North Dakota. It had been installed at the wind farm near Raynesford before being moved to GFC MSU. The turbine, which is no longer operational, stopped working in November and the cost to fix and continually maintain it is prohibitive. The purchase and installation of the wind turbine was paid . . . Complete story »

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