Wind power in Montana
Wind power in Montana is a growing industry. At a nameplate capacity of 210 megawatts (MW), the $500 million Glacier Wind Farm, which is located in Toole and Glacier counties, became Montana's largest in October 2009, surpassing the 135 MW Judith Gap Wind Farm in Wheatland County.
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. The project had been delayed due to issues with the Montana-Alberta Tie Line, which connects wind farms in the area to Lethbridge, Alberta. 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.
Montana had over 650 MW of wind generation capability at the start of 2015 and a new 240 MW project had been started in Carbon county.
Installed capacity growth
|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||9.8||GE 1.6MW||Wheatland||2014 |
|Fairfield wind project||10||GE 1.6/1.7MW||Wheatland||2014|
|Montana Wind Generation (GWh, Million kWh)|
Source: EIA - Electricity Data Browser
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