“Open season” sounds like something for big game hunters, but for Butte’s NorthWestern Energy it’s for companies hunting for energy.
NorthWestern is telling a federal agency that it wants to declare “open seasons” to allow potential customers to reserve space on two new transmission line projects.
There are more than 5,000 megawatts of proposed new electric generation facilities in the state, much of it wind energy, and the Montana company said it wants to help transport all that new power around the West.
Northwestern representatives said the company it has already met state environmental standards for the lines and they think there is great potential for new business even during a slowing economy.
The new lines are expected to be in service by 2013.