With 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
and Northwestern Energy, Montana’s largest utility, recently bought all 11 of Montana’s hydropower dams from their Pennsylvania owners.2
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
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
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
Learn more about energy in Montana with ACORE’s Renewable Energy in the 50 States