A growing community
The Big Sky area is currently served by two transmission lines, one stretching from the Jackrabbit Substation west of Bozeman to the Meadow Village area, the other reaching Big Sky from Ennis. During periods of heavy demand for electricity, typically in the winter months, an outage on either transmission line would leave the other unable to fully provide the electricity that Big Sky needs. In some conditions, extended outages, blackouts, safety issues and customer inconvenience could be the result.
Jackrabbit-Big Sky Upgrade: NorthWestern completed the $45 million transmission upgrade focused on the 69 kV line from Four Corners to Meadow Village in 2016. The line, along with the Meadow Village Substation has been upgraded to a 161 kV line, which more than doubles its capacity and will allow us to more reliably serve existing customers and allow for future demand growth.