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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch 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.

December 10, 2020 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

$500 million Rapelje wind farm wins lawsuit against PSC

Another renewable energy project has won a lawsuit against Montana’s Public Service Commission. District Judge Kathy Seeley of Helena threw out most of the commission’s work on Caithness Beaver Creek, a $500 million wind and battery storage project located near Rapelje. The judge, in her ruling, said the terms set by the PSC underpaid Caithness for the electricity it’s to sell to NorthWestern Energy, the state’s largest monopoly utility. It was the third time this year a court has ruled . . . Complete story »

December 9, 2020 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

As coal taxes decline, Republicans eye renewables

Citing a need to “level the playing field” on energy taxes, Montana’s majority Republican Legislature will consider raising taxes on wind and solar developments as the coal industry struggles. The tax increase on renewables isn’t likely to replace all of the revenue lost to coal’s decline, but it would help, said state Sen. Duane Ankney, a Republican from Colstrip, home to a large, but struggling, coal-fired power plant and coal mine. “I see it as a backfill for a lot . . . Complete story »

August 16, 2020 • Letters, MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Is wind farm the beginning of the end?

This Billings Gazette subscriber, born and educated in Montana and now a resident of Texas, has read with disturbing interest the construction of a wind farm south of the town of Bridger overlooking the Pryor Mountains. Montana, with its stunning landscapes, from mountain scenery, to tranquil lakes, roaring rivers and lush prairies, is considered one of the best places to visit by visitors from all over the world. Now, its idyllic view of the Pryor Mountains is being disturbed by . . . Complete story »

January 12, 2020 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm projects lining up to call hills around south-central Montana town home

In the hills around Rapelje, where jackrabbits far outnumber people, there’s a renewable energy powerhouse in the making. Wind farms, four of them in various stages of development, promise to deliver up to 480 megawatts of capacity just as planned coal power plant retirements in Montana are escalating. There are 80 megawatts of generation spinning at Stillwater Wind, and four projects of similar size on a slow walk through the regulatory process of Montana’s Public Service Commission. A little further . . . Complete story »

January 3, 2020 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

NorthWestern Energy power plan heard in Billings

In Billings, the biggest city in Montana coal country, people, a few, finally spoke in support of NorthWestern Energy’s fossil-fuel-heavy plan to keep half the state powered up for the next 20 years. In the final 35 minutes of a two hour hearing about the utility’s 20-year supply plan, witnesses spoke passionately about coal, Colstrip Power Plant and their faith in NorthWestern’s plan to essentially double the generation capacity in its portfolio. The expansion, the utility says, is needed to . . . Complete story »

December 30, 2019 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Next-gen wind farm stalls under PSC terms

A cutting-edge wind farm paired with battery storage cannot advance under what developers are calling unworkable terms set by Montana’s Public Service Commission. Caithness Beaver Creek is asking the state’s utility regulators to reconsider terms for the $500 million project near Rapelje. Terms by which Caithness was to sell renewable energy to the utility NorthWestern Energy were set by the PSC in early December. The PSC put the overall avoided cost of the energy at $6 a megawatt hour effectively . . . Complete story »

November 23, 2019 • Letters, MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Power line easement restricted to Colstrip plants

I recently attended a wind power meeting about a new wind farm. The interesting part of this proposal was that the wind farm was going to have a tie in with the 500 KV lines that runs through our ranch. This caught my ear. I was in on the original negotiations in 1980 with Montana Power. My mother, Mary McFarland White, disliked the power lines and what they stood for and never missed her chance to express a very negative . . . Complete story »

November 2, 2019 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Facebook deal spurs PacifiCorp’s rush to build a Montana wind farm

Facebook, it turns out, is a key reason PacifiCorp moved quickly this year to acquire and begin work on a proposed Montana wind farm that had been kicking around for nearly a decade. The social media giant agreed to buy the renewable energy credits generated by the 239.8 megawatt Pryor Mountain Wind Project, according to a PacifiCorp filing with utility regulators in Oregon. That helped make the project a better deal for PacifiCorp and by extension its ratepayers, about a . . . Complete story »

November 2, 2019 • Letters, MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Climate article didn’t mention important statistics

Your article on wind energy – “Powerhouse” (Oct. 27) – failed to mention two important statistics. According to “Subsidy Tracker,” Invenergy has received subsidies of $41,223,979 from 10 state/local grants and $531,915,559 from nine federal grants since 2010. Sound sustainable? Terry Anderson Bozeman Complete story »

October 24, 2019 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

PacifiCorp outlines launch of wind farm near Bridger

Construction crews are in the beginning stages of a $400 million wind farm near Bridger, and the company discussed the Pryor Mountain Wind Project at Bridger Elementary School on Wednesday night. Close to 100 came out to hear from PacifiCorp out of Salt Lake City and Mortenson Construction from Minneapolis. This fall, the crews will build the roads so the heavy trucks and equipment can get around the 15,000 acres. Crews will work until Thanksgiving and if necessary finish the . . . Complete story »

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