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NorthWestern Energy announces Schwend as new Key Accounts and Economic Development Specialist

Date: Aug 26, 2022

TYPE: News

Billings, Mont. – Aug. 26, 2022  – Molly Schwend recently joined NorthWestern Energy as a Key Accounts and Economic Development Specialist. She is based in the energy company’s Billings Division.

NorthWestern Energy Key Accounts and Economic Development Specialist Molly Schwend

“Molly’s extensive experience in the energy industry and her commitment to Montana make her a great fit for this important role,” said NorthWestern Energy Director of Community Connections Rick Edwards. “Molly will work directly with our largest accounts to support their energy needs. She will also work with the communities we provide energy service to, ensuring NorthWestern Energy is an active partner in their healthy and growing economies.”  

Previously Schwend was the executive director of the Montana Coal Council before joining NorthWestern Energy. She worked as an engineer for Westmoreland Mining Co. and was the community relations manager for Cloud Peak Energy Co. Schwend earned a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering from Montana Tech in Butte. 

Schwend succeeds Debbie Singer, who is retiring at the end of September. 

NorthWestern Energy Senior Key Accounts and Economic Development Specialist Debbie Singer

“Debbie’s valuable work to establish strong relations between NorthWestern Energy and our largest customers and communities is a strong foundation that Molly will build on” said Edwards. “Debbie has served the company admirably over the past 43 years.  During her tenure, Debbie was respected and admired by all with whom she interacted.”

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NorthWestern Corporation, doing business as NorthWestern Energy, provides essential energy infrastructure and valuable services that enrich lives and empower communities while serving as long-term partners to our customers and communities. We are working to deliver safe, reliable, and innovative energy solutions that create value for customers, communities, employees, and investors. This includes bridging our history as a regulated utility safely providing low-cost and reliable service with our future as a globally-aware company offering a broader array of services performed by highly-adaptable and skilled employees. We provide electricity and / or natural gas to approximately 753,600 customers in Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska and Yellowstone National Park. We have provided service in South Dakota and Nebraska since 1923 and in Montana since 2002. More information is available on the company's Web site at


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