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NorthWestern Energy has concluded a six month stakeholder working group to help the company identify potential sustainable energy pilot projects in Montana. Members of the stakeholder group met monthly in various locations around western Montana in day-long sessions moderated by representatives from the Smart Electric Power Alliance (formerly the Solar Electric Power Association).

The purpose of the Community Sustainable Energy Working Group was to help identify potential pilot projects that would contribute to learning how emerging technologies could benefit NorthWestern’s Montana customers now and in the future. The feedback will be used in the company’s strategic planning process over the near and long-term.

The working group began meeting in November 2015 and finished in April 2016. NorthWestern is currently evaluating the feedback and working to refine appropriate pilot projects in addition to the previously announced Bozeman Solar Pilot Project.

Invited and participating stakeholders included the Montana Public Service Commission staff, Montana Consumer Counsel staff, Lewis and Clark County, City of Missoula (Climate Smart Missoula), City of Bozeman, Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Alternative Energy Resources Organization, Montana Environmental Information Center, Northern Plains Resource Council, Renewable Northwest, Montana Renewable Energy Association, National Center for Appropriate Technology, Human Resource Development Council, Montana AFL – CIO, Winpower West, and Onsite Energy.


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