Transmission Project Announced for Montana

October 24, 2006

Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer announced on October 23 that TransCanada's proposed NorthernLights Transmission project is moving forward with detailed siting and permitting activities for the portion of its high voltage direct current transmission line that will be located in Montana.

The line is expected to carry up to 3,500 megawatts of green energy — electricity created by either wind power or synthetic gas derived from coal — to electric load centers in the Southwest. The project will cost about $2 billion; about $600 million of this is for the Montana portion of the project. The transmission line will originate in Montana, move through Idaho, and terminate in Las Vegas. Schweitzer signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Governor James Risch of Idaho and Governor Kenny Guinn of Nevada to coordinate the siting and permitting of the project in the three states.

"The NorthernLights project will help the economy by stimulating new energy production in Montana, helping us stabilize energy costs and diversifying our energy supplies," said Governor Schweitzer. "This transmission project, combined with power from wind generation and new clean coal power projects coming online, will be a huge boost to the economy of the state and will help with future power costs to Montanans."

For more information, read Governor Schweitzer's October 23 press release.