Renewable energy projects in Montana continue to pop up

NorthWestern Energy recently reached a stipulated agreement with the Montana Consumer Counsel to bring an end to the negotiations on the financial components of the proposed Spion Kop Wind Project that would be located in central Montana.

If approved by the Montana Public Service Commission, NorthWestern announced intent to purchase the 40-megawatt project in April 2011 and have the $86 million project developed by Compass Wind and made available for NorthWestern's Montana electric retail customers.

If the MPSC doesn't grant approval for the new project by April 1, 2012, both companies will have the ability to terminate the agreement.

Wind farms are not the only source of renewable energy that are in use in Montana. According to the Kaiman, the University of Montana's independent campus newspaper, in 2010 UM made a commitment to become carbon neutral by 2020, relying heavily on the use of a woody biomass boiler.
"There is a lot of expectation for the future that 10 to 20 percent of the country's energy can be generated from biomass," said Steve Running, UM climate change scientist, told the newspaper. "If we get clever about it, it can happen. But we have to be smart about using wastes that would otherwise be thrown away."

Author: Elysia Niemi

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