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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch in its noncommercial educational effort to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

September 15, 2022 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm could be built near Colstrip

The operator of Montana’s Colstrip coal-fired power plant said Monday (September 12th) it was buying out one of the site’s co-owners and plans to construct a wind farm nearby that would generate 600 megawatts of electricity. Talen Energy Supply would acquire Puget Sound Energy’s 25% share of Colstrip’s two remaining coal-fired units under the deal. The units combined generate about 1,480 megawatts of electricity. Talen currently has a 30% share of one of the units. Colstrip owners have faced intense . . . Complete story »

June 8, 2022 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Company gets OK for $253 million wind farm, energy storage in central Montana

RAPELJE – The homes are few and far between on the high plains that sweep between Rapelje and Reed Point. Though remote, the area is poised to mark a first in Montana: a place where the power of wind will be stored. Last month, Stillwater County approved two phases of a wind farm that will incorporate large batteries for storing energy. The new-to-Montana concept addresses what skeptics fault about wind power: that it’s inconsistent and unreliable. The batteries offer a way . . . Complete story »

May 27, 2022 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

MT Supreme Court rules in favor of wind energy company

The Montana Supreme Court has ruled against state utility regulators and NorthWestern Energy for requiring a wind farm developer to pay $267 million to connect to NorthWestern’s transmission system. Consolidated Edison Development planned to build wind farms in Wheatland, Pondera and Teton counties with NorthWestern Energy as its target customer under a 44-year-old law requiring utilities to purchase power from small generators. Those plans ran aground when NorthWestern chose to bill CED $267 million for network upgrades. After the Montana . . . Complete story »

December 18, 2021 • Montana, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Protesting non-union, out-of-state labor on wind farm project

As most in our community know, the Colstrip coal-fired power plant has been dismantling equipment and preparing for closure. With the plant winding down, that leaves a number of Montanans that have lost, or will soon lose, their jobs and livelihoods. To replace the old energy source, NextEra Energy has been selected by power purchaser Puget Sound Energy to build the first phase of the Clearwater Wind Farm. Unfortunately, the workers in Montana are being left behind on this project, . . . Complete story »

September 28, 2021 • Idaho, Montana, Oregon, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

More renewable energy, less energy efficiency in new Northwest power plan

More renewable energy development and less room for energy conservation are two of the biggest changes in the draft of the new regional power plan. The Northwest Power Plan guides the electricity demand decisions of the Bonneville Power Administration over the next 20 years. Energy experts say the draft of the 2021 Northwest Power Plan is dramatically different from previous versions. “A lot of things are changing right now because of people’s concern about carbon emissions and greenhouse gas emissions that . . . Complete story »

April 17, 2021 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Colstrip operator eyeing wind farm in southeast Montana

Colstrip Power Plant operator and co-owner Talen Energy is eyeing a wind farm on the southeast Montana plains just outside the community where the coal-fired generator is located. Documents obtained by The Billings Gazette show a targeted project area of roughly 14 square miles in Rosebud and Treasure counties where Talen Energy, in a joint venture with Pattern Energy, is pursuing lease agreements for a wind farm of unspecified capacity. Both companies have energy interests in Montana currently. Talen has . . . Complete story »

April 10, 2021 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Avista eyes Montana wind energy

Colstrip Power Plant owner Avista Corp. is eyeing 300 megawatts of Montana wind power over the next seven years as it determines where its future energy will come from. The Spokane-based utility included Montana wind energy in its preferred strategy for resources, with 100 megawatts of the capacity coming online in 2023, plus an additional 100 in 2024, and another 100 megawatts of capacity in 2028. Details were disclosed April 2 in the utility’s 2021 Integrated Resource Plan, which gives . . . Complete story »

March 1, 2021 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

PSC sets terms for small renewable energy projects

The Montana Public Service Commission is starting to unwind renewable energy policies ruled unlawful by the state Supreme Court. Commissioners last week set 20-year contracts for renewable energy projects that qualify for favorable treatment under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act. More often referred to as PURPA, the policy requires that alternative energy projects smaller than 80 megawatts in capacity receive favorable prices and contract lengths from utilities. It’s the PSC that sets the terms. Previously, the court ruled the . . . Complete story »

February 11, 2021 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Trifecta: Missoula, Bozeman, Helena team up in push for green tariff

With parallel goals of addressing the climate crisis and reducing carbon emissions, the city and county of Missoula, along with the cities of Bozeman and Helena, have formally adopted a joint agreement to work with NorthWestern Energy in developing a green tariff. The agreement, now approved by all four governments, authorizes them to hire a national consultant with expertise in designing utility rates and green tariffs. The consultant will collaborate with NorthWestern in developing the tariff – a move intended . . . Complete story »

January 19, 2021 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Roaring speeds meant little wind energy in Montana on Jan. 13

NorthWestern Energy’s energy portfolio that serves Montana customers includes 450 megawatts of wind energy, a piece of the diverse 67% carbon-free energy mix. Wind is a good clean energy resource, the company said in a news release, but it is not a capacity resource available 24/7. Because it is a variable resource, it creates unique challenges to operating the energy grid reliably. The windstorm that ripped across Montana on Jan. 13 is an example of that challenge. Gusts ranged from . . . Complete story »

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