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Clean energy has growing role in Montana’s energy mix. Northwestern Energy is honored to be the steward of Montana’s critical energy infrastructure and essential service.


The Bozeman Daily Chronicle editorial board stated, “Alternative energy must be part of the state’s future.” At NorthWestern Energy, we agree. By the end of 2019 we expect to have about 1,000 megawatts of water and wind energy serving our Montana customers. That compares to 222 megawatts from our ownership in Colstrip Unit 4.

The foundation of our Montana system is the 11 mainly run-of-the-river dams distributed around much of our Montana service territory. Hydro provides energy (megawatt hours), helps meet our customers’ peak needs (megawatts), and helps keep our transmission system stable and integrate intermittent energy resources such as wind and solar. That’s why we have been investing in additional cost-effective generation at the existing dams as we maintain and upgrade them.

We are honored to be stewards of Montana’s critical energy infrastructure and essential service.


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An investment of more than $1 billion has allowed NorthWestern Energy to provide more than 60% of its energy from renewable resources, helping it lead the way to a brighter future in Montana.

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