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.
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.