Others at the meeting advocated wind power as an alternative. Bob Quinn, the developer of the 135-megawatt Judith Gap wind farm, said he believes a 250-megawatt wind project would cost about $300 million, or $215 million less than the coal plant.
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On the heels of Montana's first major wind-power project and legislative changes that promote wind, several counties and developers are surging forward with new projects.
LIVINGSTON -- Park County and the city of Livingston are moving ahead in efforts to erect wind turbines.
The Rocky Mountain Front - home to spectacular wildlife habitat and rugged ranchland - may also be the perfect setting for wind farms of the future, a panel of speakers told the Golden Triangle Pachyderm Club in Choteau recently.
The unpredictability of wind requires energy suppliers to coordinate backup supplies. For that reason, "free" wind isn't exactly free.
Mike Yagelski, an ironworker from Livingston, Mont., is dwarfed by the huge rotor that he helped set Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005, high atop a huge wind-powered generator near Judith Gap, Mont.
And, while I agree with Mr. Shutkin that wind power, as a source of clean and renewable energy, should and will play a role in our future energy portfolio, its role will necessarily be small because of its fundamental limitation as an energy source: wind power is ‘intermittent’, i.e. it provides energy only when the wind blows, and, as such, wind power is a source of supplemental, not ‘base load’ energy.