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NorthWestern Energy Seeks Montana Renewable Energy Projects

May 06, 2019

BUTTE, MONT. – NorthWestern Energy today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking additional renewable generation to comply with a statutory-mandate.

The Montana Renewable Portfolio Standard requires NorthWestern to procure energy from Community Renewable Energy Projects (CREP) that meet certain criteria as defined in Montana Code Annotated Section 69-3-2003(10) and Section 69-3-2003 (4).

orthWestern estimates its current CREP need to be between 10 MW and 30 MW of additional installed capacity. Based on the current projected need, the RFP seeks proposals with targeted Commercial Operation Dates in 2020, although projects with later or earlier CODs will be considered.


Proposals must meet all CREP criteria established by Montana statutes and administered by the Montana Public Service Commission. The criteria include limitations on project size and specific ownership structures, and required renewable energy attributes. Selected proposals must also deliver a resource that complies with NorthWestern’s cost cap as set forth in Montana law.


Responses are requested from developers, Montana landowners, energy companies and businesses, Montana municipal governments, and tribal authorities, and/or other Montana businesses. With this RFP, NorthWestern is not seeking proposals for non-CREP projects, unbundled renewable energy credits, or non-renewable resources.

Proposals are due on June 13, 2019, with selection of finalists expected in August.


The RFP and related information can be found at


Sapere Consulting will administer the RFP and serve as a point of contact for those submitting proposals. All inquiries and correspondence regarding this RFP must be directed to Sapere Consulting at or by phone at:


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