HB 22 would return the contract lengths for independent wind and solar projects to 25 years, the same length they were prior to the Public Service Commission lowering them to 15 years in July 2017.
25 years is in line with the guaranteed revenue recovery (aka contract length) that NorthWestern Energy has asked for and received for its own power plants. In many cases NorthWestern has asked for considerably more years than 25 (see the table below). Independent wind and solar projects deserve equal treatment.
These independent wind and solar projects create jobs, tax revenue, and clean energy in communities across Montana. Counties like Stillwater, Big Horn, Musselshell, and Lewis and Clark all have large-scale solar facilities now thanks to these projects.
HB 22 was heard in the House Energy Committee on 2/13/19; it’s awaiting a vote in that committee.
|NorthWestern Owned Resource||Fuel Type||Guaranteed Revenue Recovery
(aka contract length)
|Basin Creek (under contract)||Gas||20 years (NWE asked for 20)|
|Spion Kop||Wind||25 years (NWE asked for 25)|
|Dave Gates Generating Station||Gas||30 years (NWE asked for 30)|
|Colstrip Unit 4||Coal||34 years (NWE asked for 34)|
|Hydroelectrc Dams||Water||50 years (NWE asked for 40)|
|February 2017 NWE new resource Request for Proposals||NWE required minimum of 20 years for Power Purchase Agreements|