Facility Siting Projects


Projects considered for certification under the Major Facility Siting Act

Project Name Applicant Status
Mountain States Transmission Intertie NorthWestern Energy Applicant withdrew application 2/4/14
Keystone-XL Pipeline TransCanada Keystone Pipeline Certificate issued 3/30/12
Montana Alberta Tie Ltd. (MATL) Montana Alberta Tie Ltd Certificate issued 10/22/2008
Havre Rainbow Project Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) Determined MFSA compliant, reconstruction begun 05/24/10
Valley County Wind Project Wind Hunter, LLC Project Withdrawn
Montanore Project Mines Management, Inc. Certificate issued 2/12/16
Colstrip Amendment 2 PPL Montana Completed
Wolf Point-Williston Western Area Power Administration ( WAPA) Under construction
Edgar & Straw On-Site Diesel Generation Express Pipeline No longer covered under MFSA
Fort Peck-Wolf Point Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) Construction complete
Townsend-Garrison 500 kV transmission line Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) MFSA Compliance, 6/87 & 9/82
Garrison-West 500 kV transmission line Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) MFSA Compliance, 5/83 & 8/83
Colstrip-Townsend 500 kV transmission line Montana Power Co. (MPC) Certified 9/80
Colstrip-Hot Springs 500 kV transmission line Montana Power Co. (MPC) Certified 7/76
Buffalo Station Amendment Express Pipeline Amendment approved September 2000.
Madison Missouri Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Relicensing of nine dams on the Madison and Missouri Rivers Montana Power Company – PPL Montana DEQ served as lead state agency in presenting a recommendation to FERC. FERC approved the license on September 27, 2000.
Noxon and Cabinet Gorge dams Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Relicensing. Avista Corp (Formerly Washington Water Power) DEQ presented state recommendation to FERC. A settlement agreement was submitted as a part of the application and FERC approved the license February 23, 2000.
Express Crude Oil Pipeline (24" diameter, 305 miles in Montana) Alberta Express Corporation BER approved the project 7/26/96 and it was constructed in 1996 and 1997.
Noranda 230 kV transmission line Noranda Certificate status: DNRC approved the project 6/03/93. The transmission line was not built and the certificate has expired.
Great Falls – Conrad 230 kV transmission line Western Area Power Administration Certificate status: Board determined that line complied with substantive requirements of MFSA 9/24/84.
Laurel – Bridger "B" Line Montana Power Company Certificate status: DNRC approved the project 3/03/86.
Noxon – Pine Creek, ID 230 kV transmission line Washington Water Power Company Certificate status: Board ruled that the project is exempt from MFSA. Board also adopted construction and mitigation standards for project 3/9/84.
Central Montana (Glengarry – Judith Gap) 100 kV transmission line Montana Power Company Certificate status: DNRC approved the project 10/11/85.
Resource 89 (Salem) Coal Fired Power Plant – 350 mW Montana Power Company Certificate status: DNRC found MPC’s application to be deficient in certain areas and not in compliance with MFSA 5/5/83.
Fort Peck – Havre 230 kV transmission line Western Area Power Administration Certificate status: Board determined that project complied with the substantive requirements of MFSA 8/19/83
Kootenai Falls Hydroelectric Project – 144 mW Northern Lights, Inc. Certificate status: DNRC and Northern Lights signed agreement to waive MFSA time frames on application (to await conclusion of FERC licensing process) 1/21/83.
Troy – Mt Vernon 115 kV transmission line Northern Lights, Inc. Certificate granted: 5/4/79. Centerline locations approved 9/21/79 and 6/6/80.
Broadview – Grass Range – Glengarry 100 kV transmission line Montana Power Company, Fergus Electric Coop. Certificate granted: 9/29/78. Board approved changed in certificate as proposed by applicant 10/15/79. Centerline locations approved 9/21/78.
Clyde Park – Dillon 161 kV transmission line Montana Power Company Certificate granted: 10/28/77. Centerline locations approved in 6/21/78, 8/7/81, 8/19/83, 1/20/84, and 4/13/84.
Wilsall – Clyde Park 161 kV transmission line Montana Power Company Certificate granted: 6/26/75, Board approved centerline location 12/5/75.
Continental Oil 100 kV transmission line Montana Power Company Certificate granted: 5/16/75
Broadview – Alkali Creek 230 kV transmission line Montana Power Company Certificate granted: 1/28/77, Board approved amendment to certificate 2/23/79.
Anaconda – Hamilton 161 kV transmission line Montana Power Company Certificate granted: 10/28/77, Board approval amendment to certificate 6/5/81, centerline locations approval 8/7/81 and 1/20/84.
Ulm 100 kV transmission line Montana Power Company Certificate granted: 3/10/75, Board approval amendment to certificate 5/16/75
Bridger – Roberts 50/69 kV transmission line Beartooth Electric Cooperative Certificate granted: 5/16/75, Board requested Applicants to submit exact centerline location – no record of a later request.
Circle – Flowing Well 69kV transmission line McCone Electric Cooperative Certificate granted: 9/13/74
Colstrip 1 and 2 Associated Facilities: water supply system and 115 kV transmission line from Colstrip to pumping station Montana Power Company, Puget Sound Power and Light Company Certificate granted: 3/1/74
Colstrip – Broadview 230 kV transmission line Montana Power Company, Puget Sound Power and Light Company Certificate granted: 11/15/74. Centerline approvals were granted in 1975.
Colstrip Units 3 and 4, and 500 kV transmission lines from Colstrip to Hot Springs Montana Power Company (30%), Puget Sound Power and Light (25%), Portland General Electric Company (20%), Washington Water Power Company (now Avista)(15%), Pacific Power and Light Company (10%) Certificate granted: 7/22/76. Centerline approvals for various portions of the transmission lines were granted later.
Laurel – Billings 100 kV transmission line Montana Power Company Certificate granted: 9/14/73
Billings Eastside Substation 100 kV transmission line Montana Power Company Certificate granted: 7/20/73
Anaconda – Arbiter 230 kV transmission line Montana Power Company Certificate granted: 7/20/73, 3/10/73
Laurel – Bridger 100 Montana Power Company Certificate granted: 9/14/73
Billings - Yellowtail 161 kV transmission line Pacific Power and Light Certificate granted 5/04/73