Deadline this Thursday October 31st!
It may not be sexy but this might be the most important thing you can do to support Montana’s move toward clean energy. The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is proposing to upgrade an existing transmission line that extends from Montana to Washington. The upgrade will significantly improve the capacity of the 30-year-old line. In Montana, over 500 megawatts of renewable energy are waiting to use the new capacity. We need you to contact BPA today and support the proposal!
This transmission upgrade represents the lowest hanging fruit for expanding Montana’s renewable energy. No new transmission lines will be built, no condemnation will be necessary, and no new right of way will be created.
Most of the proposed upgrades involve reinforcements to existing infrastructure and the existing 500-kilovolt line. One new substation will be built under existing transmission lines in the existing right of way between Missoula and St. Regis.
Montana has tremendous renewable energy resources. These resources can help the Northwestern United States reduce global warming emissions and meet clean energy goals. Without a way to transport renewable energy, utilities in Washington and Oregon will continue to rely on dirty coal power from Colstrip rather than Montana’s clean wind energy.
BPA is accepting scoping comments through this Thursday, October 31st. Please take action today! Support clean and renewable energy in Montana!
Want to contact BPA directly? You can submit comments by e-mailing BPA at email@example.com. In the subject line put “Montana-to-Washington Transmission System Upgrade Project.”