NorthWestern awaits bids in community renewables RfP in Montana

The Musselshell wind farm in Montana. Image by: Goldwind Americas.

May 4 (Renewables Now) - US utility NorthWestern Energy (NYSE:NWE) has issued a request for proposals (RfP) for renewable power generation from community-owned projects in Montana.

Getting a certain percentage of power from community renewable energy parks is a requirement under the Montana Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). NorthWestern Energy, officially known as NorthWestern Corp, calculates that it currently needs between 25 MW and 30 MW of additional Community Renewable Energy Projects (CREP) capacity by in-state owners.

Interested parties can submit proposals by August 20, 2020, while the selection of finalists will be made on October 1, 2020. All projects need to have a targeted Commercial Operation Date (COD) in 2021 but the utility said it will also consider projects with a later commissioning deadline.

NorthWestern noted the competition will be carried out with an extended timeline in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus situation. Montana developers, landowners, energy companies and businesses are all eligible to participate. Proposals for non-CREP projects, unbundled renewable energy credits or non-renewable resources will not be accepted in the RfP.

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