NorthWestern Energy

If you’re headed uphill toward Big Sky Resort from Town Center on Lone Mountain Trail, the selected site is off to your right as you travel by the intersection with Browtine Road. What do you think about NorthWestern's decision? Email editor@lonepeaklookout.com or call (406) 548-7628.

Substation site selected

Late in 2016, NorthWestern Energy announced the need to construct a new, mid-mountain substation in the Big Sky community, which will enhance the reliability of existing electric service in the area and support the growth of the community.

NorthWestern Energy hasn’t made a decision about the location and type of substation it will build, but the company sees a lot of upside in a low-profile traditional substation, pictured here in a rendering of the Midway site.

Substation evaluation

Looking to flip the breaker on the public’s perception of plans for a new mid-mountain substation, NorthWestern Energy invited Big Sky residents to the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center on April 11 for a presentation by company representatives, an engineer working on the project and a professional facilitator from Montana State University. 

MAPS AND IMAGES COURTESY OF NORTHWESTERN ENERGY AND THE BURTON K. WHEELER CENTER

New possibilities

On March 9, NorthWestern Energy sent a letter to 3,650 Big Sky ratepayers inviting them to a public forum on April 11. At the meeting, NorthWestern Energy will unveil new renderings illustrating options for a mid-mountain substation at one of two proposed sites just off of Lone Mountain Trail.

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