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  • Low-cost qualifying facility to add 80-megawatts of wind to Montana portfolio

    Dec 19, 2016
    <p><strong>Butte, Mont. &ndash; December 19, 2016 &ndash; </strong>NorthWestern Energy has entered into an agreement with WKN Montana II to purchase the energy, capacity and environmental attributes from an 80-megawatt qualifying facility (QF) wind farm to be developed in south-central Montana.&nbsp; After extensive negotiations between the developer and NorthWestern Energy, the price to be paid for this power is $37.63 per megawatt hour.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are pleased to have negotiated an agreement that will result in a very low cost QF renewable project for our portfolio and that also incorporates important contract terms including reasonable curtailment rights which help protect our customers&rsquo; bills,&rdquo; said John Hines, vice president - energy supply. &ldquo;Qualifying facilities can be problematic since we&rsquo;re mandated by federal law to purchase the power, regardless of our customers&rsquo; needs.&nbsp; However, we&rsquo;re pleased in this instance to work with a developer that takes into consideration our customers&rsquo; best interest while still having a viable project.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;This project is a great balance between the need for local economic development and the need for affordable electricity in our local communities,&rdquo; said Stillwater County Commissioner Maureen Davey. </p> <p>The Vivaldi Springtime Wind Project will be located in Stillwater County approximately eleven miles north of Reed Point. It will include 26-35 turbines depending on the manufacturer and is due begin construction second quarter 2017 and be completed by first quarter of 2018. </p> <p>For more news about NorthWestern Energy, follow us on Facebook and on Twitter (NorthWestern_MT).&nbsp; </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="http://www.northwesternenergy.com">www.northwesternenergy.com</a>. </p> <hr /> <p><strong>Investor Relations:</strong><br /> Travis Meyer<br /> (605) 978-2967<br /> Travis.Meyer@northwestern.com</p> <p><strong>Media Contact:</strong><br /> Claudia Rapkoch<br /> (866) 622-8081</p>
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