Northwestern seeks community RE

NorthWestern Energy in Montana has issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking up to 45MW of community-owned renewable generation.

The company is required to purchase energy from qualified community renewable energy projects with total generating capacity under 25MW. The projects must have a majority ownership stake by in-state residents or entities.

The utility says it “generally” has adequate energy resources to meet customer needs and the state’s renewable mandate that takes effect in 2015.

Still, it must comply with its legal requirements to enter into contracts to purchase the output from qualified community-owned projects.

NorthWestern’s service area also includes Nebraska and South Dakota.