Wind in Montana

Judith Gap Wind Farm, Credit: Montana Film Office


Montana is ranked among the top five states for wind power potential and several large, utility-scale wind farms are in operation. A recent report by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council indicates that Montana's wind resources may be consistently more productive than the Columbia River Gorge.

Montana's total capacity of installed commercial wind turbines was about 650 megawatts in 2015. 

About 7 percent of the electricity generated in Montana that year came from wind, a percentage that is expected to continue to grow.

 The following links offer more information about wind and wind development opportunities in Montana. 

House Bill 216 (HB216) passed the Legislature and was signed by the Governor in May 2017. The bill requires owners of wind generation facilities 25 megawatts and greater to submit decommissioning plans and bonds to the Department of Environmental Quality and requires DEQ to adopt rules by January 1, 2018 prescribing:  

- The standards and procedures for the submission of reasonable bonds with good and sufficient surety by the owners of wind generation facilities

- The collection of penalties;

- Criteria and the process for releasing the bond;

- DEQ's use of a bond in the event that the owner of a wind generation facility fails to decommission a wind generation facility;

- Information required by DEQ to determine bond requirements, and;

- Any additional requirements to ensure compliance with the bill

Stakeholders and any member of the public can review the draft rule here. To be added to the interested parties list for the wind bonding rule developments please send your contact information to Kyla Maki at

Proposed Wind Bonding Rules are now available for public comment through December 7, 2017 at 5:00 pm. Anyone can submit written comments during this comment period, and can attend the public meeting on November 29, 2017 in Helena, MT at 2:00 pm in the Metcalf Building Room 111.

Site/Subject Comment Period Ends Document Location Send Comments To

The Department proposes adoption of new decommissioning and bonding rules for wind generating facilities

MAR Notice No 17-394

A Public Hearing will be held on November 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm in Room 111 of the Metcalf Building

December 7, 2017 at 5:00pm

Montana Department of Environmental Quality

1520 East 6th Avenue

Helena, MT 59601

Attn: Sandy Scherer

Montana Department of Environmental Quality

P.O. Box 200901

Helena, MT 59601

Or electronically to