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Guest opinion: EPA's proposed carbon rule puts electric co-ops at risk

Eight people served by electric cooperatives in Montana issued a joint letter, published Nov. 21 in The Billings Gazette, urging electric cooperatives’ support for actions by the EPA to reduce carbon emissions. Among these eight individuals was the former chairman of the Northern Plains Reso…

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XGR panel: Montana’s renewable-power mandate, while successful, shouldn’t be expanded

HELENA — Montana’s requirement that utilities buy a minimum amount of renewable power, such as wind, has been an economic success, but shouldn’t be expanded, a legislative panel’s draft study says.

August 06, 2014 5:30 pmLoading…

Wyoming wind could save California ratepayers $1B

CASPER, Wyo. — California ratepayers would save up to $1 billion annually by buying Wyoming wind power, a new study commissioned by the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority shows.

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Council OKs wind project changes

SARATOGA — The Wyoming Industrial Siting Council this week approved changes to the planned Wasatch Wind project in Converse County.

December 22, 2013 12:00 pmLoading…

Environmentalists oppose longer eagle-take permits

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Some environmental groups in Wyoming oppose the Obama administration's decision to allow wind companies to kill or injure eagles without fear of prosecution for up to three decades.

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Government to extend authorizations for eagle deaths

WASHINGTON —The Obama administration will allow companies to seek authorization to kill and harm bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty in an effort to balance some of the environmental trade-offs of green energy.

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Wind energy company pleads guilty to eagle deaths

Wind energy company pleads guilty to eagle deaths

WASHINGTON — The government for the first time has enforced environmental laws protecting birds against wind energy facilities, winning a $1 million settlement Friday from a power company that pleaded guilty to killing 14 eagles and 149 other birds at two Wyoming wind farms.

November 22, 2013 3:00 pmLoading…

Wasatch Wind gets more time to start building wind farm near Glenrock

CASPER, Wyo. — A Utah company with plans to build a wind farm near Glenrock got a new lease on life for its turbine project from a state board Monday.

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Developers, landowners urge PSC to reject rule change that sinks small power projects

HELENA – Developers of small renewable-power projects in Montana on Monday urged the state Public Service Commission to reject a rule change they say will sink any future projects.

June 24, 2013 4:13 pmLoading…

Small renewable-power producers take complaints about PSC to federal agency

HELENA – Small renewable-power producers in Montana, who say the state Public Service Commission is making it increasingly difficult for them to get a power-sale contract, have taken their complaint to federal regulators.

June 21, 2013 4:49 pmLoading…

2nd Southwest power line to carry wind power

SALT LAKE CITY — Two industry partners are proposing to carry wind-generated electricity from Wyoming's southwest corner to the Las Vegas area on a 950-mile transmission line.

April 22, 2013 1:17 pmLoading…
NorthWestern works to clamp down on independent, renewable power projects

NorthWestern works to clamp down on independent, renewable power projects

HELENA – NorthWestern Energy, the state’s largest electric utility, is attempting to use the courts, the Legislature and state regulators to severely restrict any new power it must buy from small, independent wind power projects in Montana.

April 07, 2013 8:30 am Photos


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Senate kills bill to expand size of `net-metered’ renewable-power systems for businesses, homes

Senate kills bill to expand size of `net-metered’ renewable-power systems for businesses, homes

HELENA – The state Senate on Monday narrowly killed a measure to allow homes and businesses to install larger renewable-power systems that can sell excess power they generate back to the utility.

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Massive wind farm proposal back on track

Massive wind farm proposal back on track

CASPER, Wyo. — The company developing what could be the country's largest wind farm will wait at least another month to file a state application.

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New PSC chair Gallagher raps wind power

New PSC chair Gallagher raps wind power

HELENA – Montana’s Public Service Commission, with its newly minted 5-0 Republican majority, chose Commissioner Bill Gallagher as its new chairman Monday.

January 07, 2013 4:15 pmLoading…
Wind power industry pushes to extend subsidy

Wind power industry pushes to extend subsidy

Editor’s note: This story is the second of a two-day series on the dip in regional electricity prices, their cause and their impact on power production.

December 25, 2012 12:00 am Photos


Sweetwater extends wind farm moratorium

Sweetwater extends wind farm moratorium

ROCK SPRINGS — The Sweetwater County Commission has extended a moratorium on wind farms by six months.

October 24, 2012 2:27 pmLoading…
Shawmut wind farm to spin by year's end

Shawmut wind farm to spin by year's end

SHAWMUT — A new wind farm on the ridges southeast of this tiny ranch town will begin spinning electricity for NorthWestern Energy customers by year’s end.

October 18, 2012 8:00 pm Photos


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NaturEner to move wind turbines to protect birds

GREAT FALLS — A San Francisco-based wind energy company building a 126-tower wind farm on private land in north-central Montana has agreed to move 25 of the towers farther away from raptor nests.

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Wyoming seeks California, Colorado wind power buyers

CASPER, Wyo. -- Wyoming officials have started a campaign to sell Wyoming wind to California and are preparing a similar sales pitch to Colorado.

July 26, 2012 12:58 pmLoading…

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