Bringing Montana's wind power to Northwest utilities looks promising; tapping into the existing capacity of the grid will help.
Modern-day wind turbines are becoming more efficient and productive. If technical advances continue and the cost of wind power declines, opportunities for new wind power development are significant.
Of the nearly 8,700 megawatts of wind generation in the region, under 700 megawatts are in Montana and just over 5,700 megawatts of wind power is sited in the Columbia Gorge. If Montana’s wind resource is so promising, why isn’t there more?