NorthWestern Energy Seeks Approval To Purchase, Operate Montana Wind Farm

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NorthWestern Energy has asked the Montana Public Service Commission (MPSC) for approval to purchase and operate the proposed Spion Kop wind project, which is planned for central Montana.

NorthWestern announced its intent to purchase the 40 MW project in April. If approved by the MPSC, the proposed $86.1 million project would be developed by Compass Wind and placed into a utility rate-base for NorthWestern's Montana electric retail customers. Both the energy and associated renewable energy credits will be used to meet Montana's renewable portfolio standards, according to NorthWestern.

If the MPSC fails to grant approval for the project on or before April 1, 2012, either party may terminate the agreement. Construction would commence upon a favorable ruling, with commercial operation projected to begin by the end of 2012.

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