Judith Gap power also is a bargain for NorthWestern, at about 3.2 cents/kWh. However, wind power provides virtually none of NorthWestern's capacity requirements, and the utility needs on-call contracts and other means to ensure it meets load. The relationship between load and wind output is almost zero. That's a real issue for us.
Northwest wind farms can be big on energy, low on peak capacity, July 29, 2008