Wind power in Montana

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Wind power in Montana is a growing industry. At a nameplate capacity of 210 megawatts (MW),[1][2] the $500 million[3] Glacier Wind Farm, which is located in Toole and Glacier counties,[1] became Montana's largest in October 2009,[3] surpassing the 135 MW Judith Gap Wind Farm in Wheatland County.[3]

Rim Rock Wind Farm, brought online in September 2012, is located about 25 miles due north of the Glacier project. The wind farm has 126 wind turbines of 1.5 megawatts each, to be supplied by Acciona.[4] The project had been delayed due to issues with the Montana-Alberta Tie Line, which connects wind farms in the area to Lethbridge, Alberta.[5][1][6] Montana added two significant wind projects in 2012. The Gordon Butte Wind Farm, 9 MW, was completed early in the year and the Rim Rock Wind Project, 189 MW, was completed in September.

Installed capacity growth[edit]

Wind Farms[edit]

List of wind farms in Montana
Wind farm Installed
capacity (MW)
Turbine
Manufacturer
County Date in Service
Glacier Wind Farm I and II (NaturEner) 210 Acciona 1.5MW Glacier/Toole 2008-2009
Rim Rock Wind Farm (NaturEner) 189 Acciona 1.5MW Glacier/Toole 2012
Judith Gap Energy Center (Invenergy) 135 GE 1.5MW Wheatland 2005
Diamond Willow Wind Farm (Montana-Dakota Utilities) 30 GE 1.5MW Fallon 2007
Musselshell Wind Project 1 and II 20 GW 1.5-87 1.5MW Musselshell 2012
Gordon Butte Wind 9.6 GE 1.6MW Meagher 2012
Horseshoe Bend Wind Park (United Materials of Great Falls) 9 GE 1.5MW Cascade 2006
Two Dot Wind Farm 3.8 Wheatland (2014 expected)
Fairfield wind project 10 Wheatland (2014 expected)

[11] [12][13] [14]

Wind generation[edit]

Montana Wind Generation (GWh, Million kWh)
Year Total Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
2009 821 104 59 81 77 64 41 37 24 49 75 130 82
2010 930 82 55 92 104 85 69 62 61 60 81 101 80
2011 1,265 144 108 85 112 102 84 74 59 73 113 138 164
2012 1,262 160 88 130 96 99 108 58 58 37 121 127 164
2013 1,661 204 186 140 80 133 110 88 59 87 127 195 252

Source:[13]EIA - Electric Power Monthly

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "NaturEner plans another massive wind farm in Glacier, Toole counties in Montana". San Francisco Examiner. 2009-09-15. 
  2. ^ "U.S. Wind Energy Projects - Montana". American Wind Energy Association. 2009-12-31. Retrieved 2010-03-27. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b c "210-Megawatt Glacier Wind Farm Becomes State's Largest" (PDF). Great Falls Tribune. 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2010-03-27. [dead link]
  4. ^ Acciona gets contract for nacelles
  5. ^ "NatureEner Wind Farm project a go; construction underway". Cut Bank Pioneer Press. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  6. ^ Rim Rock Wind Farm near Cut Bank hosts welcoming ceremony
  7. ^ Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (2010-03-05). "U.S. Installed Wind Capacity and Wind Project Locations". United States Department of Energy. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  8. ^ Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (2010-02-04). "Installed Wind Capacity by State". United States Department of Energy. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  9. ^ a b "AWEA 4th quarter 2012 Public Market Report". American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). January 2013. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Electric Power Monthly, December 2013". U.S. Energy Information Administration, Department Of Energy. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  11. ^ Department of Environmental Quality Retrieved September 29, 2012
  12. ^ Wind Project Retrieved February 25, 2013
  13. ^ a b EIA (January 23, 2013). "Electric Power Monthly". United States Department of Energy. Retrieved 2013-02-25. 
  14. ^ Murray, David. "Wind farm breaks ground". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved 13 November 2013.