Learn From Previous Experience
The solar industry in Montana is currently about where the wind industry was more than a decade ago, so it’s a valid comparison. Although there were some early adopters that installed private wind, it was the “wind farm” approach that yielded the best results for all customers. And, as a result, we’ve learned that intermittent resources require additional always-available generation resources that can be called upon on short notice to maintain the consistent voltage necessary to provide reliable energy to customers. Currently, we rely on hydro, coal and natural gas-fired resources to provide this type of energy on the system. This approach allows all of our generation assets to work well together to provide energy to customers when they need it and at the lowest cost.