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  • NorthWestern Receives Award for Bozeman-Big Sky Transmission Upgrade

    Nov 09, 2016
    <p><strong>Butte, Mont. &ndash; November 9, 2016</strong> &ndash; NorthWestern Energy and a group of employees have been honored for their work on a large transmission upgrade project now serving customers in the Big Sky area.</p> <p>NorthWestern&rsquo;s Jackrabbit-Big Sky project, a 37-mile, $45 million upgrade to the electrical transmission line between Four Corners and Big Sky&rsquo;s Meadow Village, recently received the 2017 Engineering Excellence Award presented by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Montana.</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;</strong>This project was unique and challenging,&rdquo; said Mike Cashell, NorthWestern Energy&rsquo;s vice president - Transmission. &ldquo;Planning and permitting to meet the growing customer needs in the Big Sky area began nearly a decade ago. I&rsquo;m very proud of what our many employees, contractors and other stakeholders that worked on this project accomplished by working together. The engineering award is a testament to the effort <br /> and we appreciate the recognition&rdquo;</p> <p>The transmission line, which passes through the Gallatin Canyon, went into service this fall and was energized at 161-kilovolts. The line was upgraded from 69-kilovolt to 161-kilovolt capacity. The 69-kilovolt line was constructed in the early 1970s and was nearing the end of its functional life. The new 161-kilovolt line will provide continued reliable service to the Big Sky area, one of the fastest growing communities in NorthWestern&rsquo;s service territory.</p> <p><strong>About NorthWestern Energy</strong><br /> NorthWestern Energy provides electricity and natural gas in the Upper Midwest and Northwest, serving approximately 701,000 customers in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. &nbsp;More information on NorthWestern Energy is available on the company's website at <a href=""></a>. </p> <hr /> <p><strong>Media Contact:<br /> </strong>Butch Larcombe<br /> (866) 622-8081<br /> <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
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