Our Commitment to Environmental Stewardship

We know having the privilege to be your energy provider comes with both a profound obligation and wonderful opportunity to be good stewards of the environment.

Clean Energy

Our Commitment to Clean Energy

At NorthWestern, we understand that almost everything we do to produce and deliver energy to our customers impacts the environment. With every business decision at NorthWestern,  from the planning of new transmission lines to the licensing requirements of our hydroelectric plants to evaluating the impacts of new energy resources being added to our supply portfolio, we consider the environmental consequences. Our Environmental Policy establishes that we will provide cost-effective, reliable and stably priced energy while being good stewards of the natural resources and complying with environmental regulations.

Clean Hydroelectricity

We own 10 hydroelectric generating facilities in Montana, which supplied 34% of our electric generation in 2023.

55% Carbon Free

In 2023, 55% of our electric generation was from carbon-free resources, compared to about 40% for the U.S. electric power industry.

South Dakota Wind Energy

40% of our electricity for our South Dakota customers comes from wind resources.

Bright Magazine

We work to balance the need to provide reliable energy at a low cost while also protecting the environment. The Environment issue of Bright highlights our many environmental stewardship projects.

Where Does Your Energy Come From?

A collage showing a wind turbine, hydro plant and solar array.

Where Does Your Energy Come From?

55% of our electric generation portfolio comes from carbon-free resources. Over the last decade, we have reduced the carbon intensity of our Montana generation portfolio by more than 50%.

Our Net Zero Vision

While staying true to our core responsibilities, we are also committing to achieve carbon neutrality in our electric and natural gas operations by 2050.

Our Commitment to Sustainability

Sustainability means meeting today’s needs while planning for tomorrow’s as well. It is not just a matter of good environmental practices, being a sustainable enterprise must also incorporate social and governance best practices.