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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.

February 13, 2018 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

$2M loan will help pay for a single Two Dot Wind turbine going up in Broadview

Construction of single wind turbine is expected in Broadview later this spring. Two Dot Wind will build a single wind turbine capable of electrifying 487 homes. The company secured a $1.9 million loan Feb. 5 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program. Two Dot Wind will contribute $1.2 million to the project. The Company will sell its power to NorthWestern Energy. Wind developer Dave Healow said work on the site could begin this spring. The turbine . . . Complete story »

December 14, 2017 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Developer scraps Montana wind farm over power price

A Calgary-based energy company said Wednesday it won’t build a 21-megawatt wind farm in Montana because it won’t be paid enough for the power it generates. The Public Service Commission approved a price of $23.30 per megawatt hour. TransAlta wanted $43.63 per megawatt hour for the power; Northwestern Energy, which would have purchased it, proposed paying $13.96. The price discrepancy had gone to the PSC for mediation. Stacey Hatcher, TransAlta communications manager, said Wednesday the company can’t accept the terms . . . Complete story »

December 14, 2017 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Montana wind farm may not happen under ‘extremely difficult’ terms, developer says

Canadian renewable energy giant TransAlta says it cannot develop a wind project near Harlowton under terms set this week by Montana’s Public Service Commission. The developer’s comments come one day after the PSC announced the New Colony Wind Project was “one step closer to breaking ground after receiving the go-ahead from state regulators.” “These terms would make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for any new QF projects to be constructed in the State of Montana,” said Stacy Hatch, spokesperson . . . Complete story »

December 14, 2017 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

NaturEner USA formally protests its tax bill, again

NaturEner USA has formally protested 2017 centrally assessed taxes for its three wind farms in Glacier and Toole counties, according to the Montana Department of Revenue. Currently, NaturEner is appealing their centrally assessed taxes for 2015 and 2016 for its Glacier Wind Energy 1, Glacier Wind Energy 2 and Rim Rock Wind Energy facilities. At the heart of the protests is a disagreement between NaturEner USA and the Montana Department of Revenue (MDOR) over the valuation and possible deduction of . . . Complete story »

November 10, 2017 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Montana now makes wind farms put up bonds to ensure towers are taken down

New rules will require big wind farm owners to post bonds with the state of Montana to ensure decommissioning including the removal of giant towers. Draft decommissioning rules were published Thursday by the state Department of Environmental Quality detailing the process and requirements. Public comment is being accepted. “It’s the old story, they’re great now but 15 years from now maybe there’s going to be a whole change in who owns the things,” said Rep. Jim Keane, D-Butte. Keane was . . . Complete story »

November 10, 2017 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm picks up speed

In the near future, tall, sleek wind turbines will become a part of the landscape of western Stillwater County. Those turbines are expected to bring in about $18 million of taxes into the county. Michael Thompson, the project developer, visited Columbus Tuesday to give a presentation to the public about the Stillwater Wind project prior to a public hearing. The project began in 2001 and was acquired in July by Stillwater Wind LLC, owned by Pattern Energy. Pattern is based . . . Complete story »

October 14, 2017 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind developer sues PSC, NorthWestern over pricing

A wind farm developer is suing the Montana Public Service Commission and NorthWestern Energy, alleging discriminatory pricing for small renewable energy developers, a charge they denied. Martin Wilde developed two wind projects near Fairfield and sold the power to NorthWestern, and is planning additional wind farms as well. The PSC regulates public utilities including rates. Wilde argues in a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in state district court in Great Falls that Montana’s renewable energy industry has come under attack from . . . Complete story »

August 3, 2017 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Energy company offers outreach after shooting of Montana wind turbines

GREAT FALLS – NaturEner, a company that operates wind farms in Montana, says it wants to start a community discussion to help improve the safety of their employees. NaturEner is concerned about the safety of their employees after two of their wind turbines were shot in May. The shooting happened in north Toole County. The FBI and state officials are investigating. It is the second shooting of NaturEner wind turbines in the last five years. NaturEner has asked for a . . . Complete story »

July 22, 2017 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Bat, bird deaths focus of wind farm study

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is leading a study of how a NorthWestern Energy-owned wind farm called Spion Kop is affecting bats and birds east of Great Falls. One of the initial findings is that the project has been harder on bats than a pre-construction study predicted, with bats possibly mistaking the turbines for trees. But no raptor carcasses have been discovered, with NorthWestern crediting upfront investigation into the location of raptor nests prior to the siting of giant turbines . . . Complete story »

July 19, 2017 • Letters, MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Eagle deaths from wind farms OK?

The Missoulian recently (July 16) published an anti-hunting tirade by the AP mentioning that 38 out of 336 bald eagle deaths over a 15-year period in New York were due to lead poisoning blamed on hunters. The hit piece goes on to discuss banning lead ammunition. All one has to do is google “number of bald eagles killed by wind turbines” to get a more complete story. Wind farms, according to a government study, will kill “only” 1.4 million birds . . . Complete story »

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