Big Sky hopes for energy boost with new power line

2013-05-05T14:14:00Z 2013-05-05T21:28:06Z Big Sky hopes for energy boost with new power lineThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 05, 2013 2:14 pm  • 

BOZEMAN — NorthWestern Energy is close to starting work on a two-year, $34 million project to upgrade a transmission line to Big Sky.

The utility is in the final stages of approval to double the capacity of the power line that runs from the town of Four Corners to Big Sky.

Amy Waring, a National Environmental Policy Act planner with the U.S. Forest Service, said the project could start May 20 at the earliest.

Company officials say the current line can't meet peak demand, and that a second line running through rugged country from Ennis sometimes gets knocked out by high winds or falling limbs.

Big Sky residents say the town's infrastructure needs to be shored up as it appears development is starting again.

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