NorthWestern Energy and OwnEnergy Inc. say they have signed a 25-year qualifying facility (QF) agreement for the 9.7 MW Two Dot Wind Farm. The project is located in Wheatland County, Mont., near the town of Two Dot, about 90 miles northwest of Billings.
OwnEnergy will sell the electricity from the community wind farm to NorthWestern Energy under the terms and conditions set forth by the Montana Public Service Commission (MPSC) in the QF-1, Option 3 electric tariff. The companies say they negotiated a long-term rate substantially below the current qualifying facility rate of $69.21. In return, OwnEnergy obtained curtailment provisions that are significantly more favorable than those contained in new QF agreements, the companies note.
The project is being developed as a result of the partnership between OwnEnergy and Two Dot Wind LLC, whose owners, Dave Healow and Dana Dogetrom, are local businesspeople.
The MPSC set a rate for NorthWestern Energy to purchase up to 50 MW of wind generation. When the company reaches the cap, the MPSC will re-examine the wind QF tariff and related policies. Construction of the Two Dot Wind Farm will begin by spring 2012.