Crazy Mountain Wind seeks Montana PSC order on 78-MW project

Crazy Mountain Wind LLC applied July 20 at the Montana Public Service Commission to set either order NorthWestern Energy to sign a negotiated power purchase agreement (PPA) or alternatively set the rates and conditions for a PPA with NorthWestern Energy for capacity out of a 78-MW wind project.

The development company said it has been unable since 2013 to get a PPA worked out and signed with NorthWestern as a PURPA project, so that it is why it needs the commission to set the terms of such contract. It wants to begin construction of this project this year. The commission has set an Aug. 22 deadline for parties to intervene in this case.

Crazy Mountain Wind said it is offering a levelized rate of $49.83/MWh for a bundled package of energy, capacity and environmental attributes under a 25-year PPA to begin in 2019.

WINData LLC is the managing member of Crazy Mountain Wind. This project is located in Springdale, Sweet Grass County, Montana, and began life in 2005 as an 80-MW project under Coyote Wind LLC. The project got the Crazy Mountain Wind name in 2012.

The project would interconnect at Park Electric‘s Lower Duck Creek Substation, with a short run from there to interconnect into the NorthWestern Energy system.

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