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Split PSC shoots down agreement for wind power project

HELENA — A divided state Public Service Commission this week rejected NorthWestern Energy’s agreement to buy power from a new wind project at a cost lower than the utility is paying for power from hydroelectric dams purchased earlier this year.

December 18, 2014 7:00 pmLoading…
Major wind farm breaks ground near Bridger

Major wind farm breaks ground near Bridger

Construction of a 120-turbine wind farm is underway in Carbon County as developers scramble to benefit from a last-minute federal tax credit passed this week.

December 18, 2014 4:20 pmLoading…
Time is running out for action on federal tax breaks

Time is running out for action on federal tax breaks

Death and taxes are the certain things in life, or so goes the adage. Tax breaks, hung up in an unproductive Congress, haven’t been a sure bet for Montanans depending on them.

December 05, 2014 7:45 pm Photos


State grants Wasatch Wind site granted final extension

State grants Wasatch Wind site granted final extension

CASPER, Wyo. — The Industrial Siting Council granted Wasatch Wind a final permit extension to begin construction on the company’s long-disputed Pioneer Park wind farm near Glenrock.

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Guest opinion: New thinking needed to solve energy problems

Albert Einstein said, "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."

May 28, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Permit submitted for proposed wind farm in Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The developers of what could become the largest wind energy project in the U.S. have submitted their application for a state permit to build the wind farm.

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Fairfield wind project to rise from the plains

GREAT FALLS — Construction crews working on the 10 megawatt Fairfield Wind Generation Project have braved cold and snow to prepare the site north of Fairfield for the installation of six wind turbines to harness the steady winds that blow out of the southwest.

March 24, 2014 3:28 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Beware of industry, consumer costs in sage grouse plan

Since February, Montana’s Sage Grouse Advisory Council has been working overtime to create a management plan for the bird whose habitat spans central, northern and Eastern Montana.

December 04, 2013 12:00 am

Panel says Wyoming must market its wind potential to Calif.

JACKSON, Wyo. — Wyoming wind energy must be marketed properly to skeptical Californians in order to capitalize on the Golden State’s strict renewable-energy laws, according to a panel of energy experts.

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Guest opinion: Taxpayers’ small investment will enrich future generations

WASHINGTON — As more and more Americans become aware of the critical need to combat global warming, one of our key weapons literally is blowing in the wind.

July 14, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Wind power subsidies no windfall for taxpayers

WASHINGTON — “The thing about money is that when you have it you don’t need it and when you need it you don’t have it,” my grandfather used to tell me. He could have said the same thing about wind power. It’s most abundant when demand for energy is lowest and least abundant when demand is highest.

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Last defendant pleads guilty in wind farm fraud

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The last of five defendants charged with defrauding investors of more than $4 million by promoting nonexistent wind farm projects in Wyoming and South Dakota has pleaded guilty to federal felony charges.

May 21, 2013 4:40 pmLoading…

Wind tax credit unlikely to affect Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. — Many in the nation's wind industry survived a major scare with the recent one-year extension of the federal Wind Production Tax Credit. However, a Wyoming wind energy lobbyist and representatives of wind energy companies active in the state say extending the measure will do li…

January 13, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…

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Governors call for renewing wind energy tax credit

Governors call for renewing wind energy tax credit

The fate of a tax credit that advocates say is needed to maintain tens of thousands of wind energy jobs will be decided during high-stakes, last-minute negotiations between President Obama and House Republicans over fiscal issues, officials said Tuesday. The wind energy production tax credi…

November 13, 2012 4:26 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Wind energy delivers good value for Montana customers

“It’s not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It’s the customer who pays the wages.” ― Henry Ford

November 10, 2012 12:05 amLoading…
Wind turbine pressure change kills bats, research may help prevent future deaths

Wind turbine pressure change kills bats, research may help prevent future deaths

SHIRLEY BASIN, Wyo. — Catching bats requires long poles, water, yards and yards of super-fine netting and patience.

October 28, 2012 2:22 pm Photos


Guest opinion: Montana has great wind energy potential — for power and jobs

Guest opinion: Montana has great wind energy potential — for power and jobs

Right now, hundreds of jobs in our state are at risk because Congress has not renewed the production tax credit for wind energy — a 2.2-cent-per-megawatt tax incentive that levels the playing field for wind against other forms of energy.

September 08, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Work continues on wind farm near Geyser

GREAT FALLS — Officials gave a rare tour of a 25-turbine wind farm 40 miles southeast of Great Falls near Geyser.

September 02, 2012 2:11 pmLoading…
Wyoming wind energy

Wyoming wind energy

Turbines in Chevron's Casper Wind Farm spin in a soft breeze in the early morning. Federal agencies aim to have the permit and review decisions for a 3,000 megawatt wind famr project south of Rawlins completed by October 2014.

August 07, 2012 3:00 pmLoading…

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