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Small Montana wind energy producers take on NorthWestern - HB491

February 15, 2009View for printing

In the minds of the public, Montana is awash in wind-power projects — but a group of small power-producers says it’s not so, and is pushing legislation it says will help make perception become reality.

“(Montana is) missing the boat,” says Dana Dogterom, a partner in Two Dot Wind, which develops small wind-power projects in rural, central Montana. “At some point, we’re going to get so far behind, we’re not going to catch up.”

Dogterom and his colleagues are behind a bill (House Bill 491 http://laws.leg.mt.gov/laws09/LAW020 ... ENTY_ID_SEQ= ) they say will push NorthWestern Energy, the state’s largest electric utility, to follow state and federal law requiring it to buy electricity from small projects of “renewable” power, such as wind.

By MIKE DENNISON IR State Bureau

Full Story: http://helenair.com/articles/2009/02 ... _energy.txt
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