Montana's largest wind farm fires up

Southeast Montana’s Clearwater Wind Project began generating electricity for Puget Sound Energy this month.

The Washington utility announced Nov. 16 that it was receiving power from its 350 megawatt share of the wind project roughly 30 miles northwest of Miles City. Puget acquired the energy through a 2021 purchase power agreement with project owner NextEra.

The first phase of Clearwater Wind project includes 131 turbines and a power line to the Colstrip substation. The turbines are 584 feet tall and weigh 798,000 pounds.

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Clearwater is Montana’s largest wind project at 150,000 acres and 269 wind turbines, when completed in 2023. The 750-megawatt project touches three Montana counties, Custer, Garfield, and Rosebud.

“Today is a big day for PSE as we start to bring on new clean energy from the Clearwater Wind Project,” said Ron Roberts, PSE vice president of energy supply, in a press release. “This is another step that will help us move towards achieving our goal of reducing our own carbon emissions to net zero by 2045. We know Montana has great wind resources and this

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