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 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
Resources for Wind Generation Facilities