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MontanaWith plentiful open space and a significant amount of waterways, Montana has ample renewable energy potential. The state derived 37% of its electricity from hydropower in 2013,1
Source:
U.S. Energy Information Administration, March 2015
http://1.usa.gov/1ydN3la
and Northwestern Energy, Montana’s largest utility, recently bought all 11 of Montana’s hydropower dams from their Pennsylvania owners.2
Source:
The Missoulian, September 2014
http://bit.ly/19nGExk
The deal will help Northwestern get more than half of its energy from wind and hydro.

Speaking of wind energy, Montana’s wind resources rank third in the U.S.3
Source:
American Wind Energy Association
http://bit.ly/1EYpHF5
But even with 20 MW of new wind capacity added in 2014, Montana ranks just 15th in the U.S. in installed wind capacity.4
Source:
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
http://1.usa.gov/1Yg0hdy
 Still, there are positive signs that the state’s wind energy industry is trending upward – Montana increased wind energy generation by 32% in 2013 alone.5
Source:
U.S. Energy Information Administration, August 2014
http://1.usa.gov/1OB3fHv


Learn more about energy in Montana with ACORE’s Renewable Energy in the 50 States.

  May 22, 2015  |    Renewable Northwest, May 2015
 

 
 
 
 


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