NorthWestern Energy planning transmission with Western Area Power Administration

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Butte, Mont., September 13, 2010 — NorthWestern Energy is pleased to announce the signing of two separate Memorandums of Understanding with Western Area Power Administration to coordinate planning of regional transmission projects.

Under the agreements, NorthWestern Energy and Western will undertake joint planning and study work to determine how the Montana Renewable Collector System and the Mountain States Transmission Intertie projects may enhance Western Transmission Infrastructure Program‘s mission of enabling renewable energy development.

Should these joint efforts identify value to Western, it could lead to further cooperative agreements between the utilities.

“We believe these MOUs provide a significant step forward in determining how NorthWestern and Western can work together to provide regional, cost-effective solutions for renewable project developers’ transmission capacity needs,” said Bob Rowe, NorthWestern Energy’s President and CEO.

These agreements do not request or obligate any government funding for development or construction of any specific project. That does not preclude future participation by either party should the joint planning studies determine that there is value in participating.

NorthWestern Energy provides electricity and natural gas in the Upper Midwest and Northwest, serving about 661,000 customers in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska.

Western Area Power Administration annually markets and transmits more than 10,000 MW of clean, renewable power from hydroelectric power plants owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 15 western and central states. It is part of the Department of Energy.

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  • The Clarion Energy Content Team is made up of editors from various publications, including POWERGRID International, Power Engineering, Renewable Energy World, Hydro Review, Smart Energy International, and Power Engineering International. Contact the content lead for this publication at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com.

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