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CEO Bob Rowe: NorthWestern Energy committed to renewable energy

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March 5, 2009View for printing

NorthWestern Energy strongly supports the development of renewable energy in Montana. We back up that commitment with actions and results. Advertisement

Over 8 percent of the electricity we deliver to our Montana customers comes from wind and other renewables. This is higher than any other regulated utility in the Pacific Northwest and we are on target to achieve at least 15 percent by 2015. We're also committing humanresources to understanding how best to integrate wind (a highly variable resource) into our system, and to working with wind developers on cost-effective projects.


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I read your post on alternate energy with interest. My own experience with NWE and even the former MPC is that they are only interested in brokering power with the highest profit and the lowest hassle. Since their rates are fixed and their profit is garunteed they do not have a reason to cater to alternate energy suppliers.

I was involved with a project in Carbon County where I had 4000 gallons per minute of water available with 300 feet of head. I made numerous inquiries to NWE about installing a hydroelectric plant that would produce up to 250 KW. No one ever returned my calls. The local manager, in Bridger, basically told me that they would not be interested in coordinating on the project. I was also told that a grid tie system for the 16 KW plant that I eventually installed would cost me $12,000 and would be nothing short of a "pain in the ass" for NWE.

In over twenty years of engineering projects I have never been involved with a comapany with a lower dedication to service than NWE. Their true moto should be "Profit First, Customers when and if we have the time".

I am in the process of preparing, at the request of three clients, a detailed accounting of the service we have recieved from NWE. Once complete, we will present the report to the Public Service Commission.

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