NorthWestern to seek more power capacity amid coal closures

By Matthew Brown, Associated Press

Northwestern Energy executives say the utility will seek 55 megawatts of additional power capacity by 2019 to ensure it can satisfy peak customer demands for electricity.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Northwestern Energy executives say the utility will seek 55 megawatts of additional power capacity by 2019 to ensure it can satisfy peak customer demands for electricity.

NorthWestern Vice President John Hines said Monday that the utility will issue a formal request for proposals to meet its future power needs by early next year.

The move comes as coal plants including Colstrip in eastern Montana have announced plans to scale back or end operations in coming years.

Environmental activists protested in front of NorthWestern's headquarters in Butte on Monday to urge it to use more renewable wind and solar energy.

Hines says NorthWestern will consider all sources of electricity, including natural gas. He says gas plants have advantages over renewables because they can be switched on and off quickly.

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