“We have incredible potential for wind energy.”
– Gov. Steve Bullock, at the first ever Montana Wind Forum, sponsored by the American Wind Energy Association, on Sept. 9 in Bozeman.
To date, Montana has developed 665 megawatts (MW) of wind energy, supporting hundreds of well-paying jobs in the state and creating $1.2 billion in capital investment. Montana landowners currently receive approximately $2 million annually in land lease payments, and wind energy provided 6.5 percent of all electricity production in the state in 2014. Nationally, wind supplies nearly 5 percent of electricity in the U.S. today.