Butte, Mont. – Oct. 21, 2021 – NorthWestern Energy, a leader in delivering clean, affordable energy, is adding the 24/7 energy resource, the Laurel Generating Station, to our 70% carbon-free power serving Montana today to ensure continued reliable energy service.
Additional 24/7 on-demand energy sources are required in order to add more renewable, variable resources – wind and solar – to keep the grid stable as we transition to an even cleaner energy future.
The Laurel Generating Station is located near other industrial operations and NorthWestern Energy is committed to environmental stewardship during its construction and operation.
The existing Byron Pipeline formerly used to transport crude oil is being converted to transport cleaner natural gas for the Laurel Generating Station. The conversion includes testing the entire pipeline and improvements to ensure pipeline integrity. Among the improvements is the installation of new pipe at deeper depth under the Yellowstone River near Laurel.
NorthWestern Corporation, doing business as NorthWestern Energy, provides essential energy infrastructure and valuable services that enrich lives and empower communities while serving as long-term partners to our customers and communities. We are working to deliver safe, reliable, and innovative energy solutions that create value for customers, communities, employees, and investors. This includes bridging our history as a regulated utility safely providing low-cost and reliable service with our future as a globally-aware company offering a broader array of services performed by highly-adaptable and skilled employees. We provide electricity and / or natural gas to approximately 743,000 customers in Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska and Yellowstone National Park. We have provided service in South Dakota and Nebraska since 1923 and in Montana since 2002. More information is available on the company's Web site at www.northwesternenergy.com.