NorthWestern Corporation d/b/a NorthWestern Energy has issued a Community Renewable Energy Projects Request for Proposals (“RFP”) today to seek additional small renewable generation owned or developed by Montana residents or Montana companies. NorthWestern will run this RFP with an extended timeline to prepare and submit proposals in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the renewable development community.

The Community Renewable Energy Project (“CREP”) requirement was established as part of the Montana Renewable Portfolio to promote the development of small renewable projects by in-state owners. Further details regarding CREP eligibility can be found in Montana Code Annotated Section 69-3-2003 (10) and Section 69-3-2003 (4).

NorthWestern estimates its CREP need to be between 25 and 30 MW of additional installed capacity. This RFP preferentially seeks proposals with targeted Commercial Operation Dates of 2021, although projects with later CODs are welcome and will be considered.

Proposals must meet all CREP criteria established by Montana statute and administered by the Montana Public Service Commission. The criteria include limitations on project size ownership structures, and required renewable attributes. Selected proposals must also deliver a cost-effective resource for NorthWestern electric utility customers.

Responses are requested from Montana developers, landowners, energy companies, and businesses. NorthWestern is not seeking proposals for non-CREP renewable energy projects, unbundled renewable energy credits, or non-renewable resources with this RFP.

Proposals will be due on August 20, 2020, with a finalist selection expected on October 1, 2020.