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2013 will be a watershed year for NorthWestern Energy’s seven-year Distribution System Infrastructure Project. After two years of planning, inspection and phase-in work, the company will greatly step up its investment in the reliability and safety of its electric and natural gas distribution system.
NorthWestern will spend about $66 million in 2013 inspecting and replacing wooden power poles, replacing existing underground electric cable, improving gas lines, boosting the capacity of distribution systems and improving the reliability of service provided to rural customers.
The expanded DSIP work will take place over the next five years across NorthWestern’s Montana service territory. The extensive initiative began in 2011 as the company recognized that proactive investment in its distribution infrastructure now could pay significant future dividends and provide more reliable service to customers. Over seven years, NorthWestern will spend more than $300 million on the infrastructure program in addition to its annual maintenance spending.
Documents (unless otherwise indicated, all links open a PDF document in a new browser window):
- Quarterly Reports to Montana Public Service Commission
- May 21, 2012