Montana-Alberta Tie Line – $213 million Energy line a go

Officials with the U.S. Department of Energy have reached a financing deal with a Canadian energy company, paving the way

According to the DOE, Tonbridge Power Inc. of Toronto will receive up to $161 million in federal stimulus loans to construct the 230-kilovolt transmission project, which will be capable of delivering 300 to 600 megawatts of mostly wind-generated energy to markets outside Montana.

The Western Area Power Administration will use borrowing authority under the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the stimulus package, to help build the transmission project between Great Falls and Lethbridge.

By JOHN S. ADAMS Tribune Capitol Bureau

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