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NorthWestern Receives Award for Bozeman-Big Sky Transmission Upgrade

Nov 09, 2016

Butte, Mont. – November 9, 2016 – NorthWestern Energy and a group of employees have been honored for their work on a large transmission upgrade project now serving customers in the Big Sky area.

NorthWestern’s Jackrabbit-Big Sky project, a 37-mile, $45 million upgrade to the electrical transmission line between Four Corners and Big Sky’s Meadow Village, recently received the 2017 Engineering Excellence Award presented by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Montana.

This project was unique and challenging,” said Mike Cashell, NorthWestern Energy’s vice president - Transmission. “Planning and permitting to meet the growing customer needs in the Big Sky area began nearly a decade ago. I’m very proud of what our many employees, contractors and other stakeholders that worked on this project accomplished by working together. The engineering award is a testament to the effort
and we appreciate the recognition”

The transmission line, which passes through the Gallatin Canyon, went into service this fall and was energized at 161-kilovolts. The line was upgraded from 69-kilovolt to 161-kilovolt capacity. The 69-kilovolt line was constructed in the early 1970s and was nearing the end of its functional life. The new 161-kilovolt line will provide continued reliable service to the Big Sky area, one of the fastest growing communities in NorthWestern’s service territory.

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