March 7, 2023

Planned Montana-Dakota transmission line to connect eastern and western electric grids

Energy companies are pursuing projects in central and eastern Montana that address the ongoing need to bolster the state and the region’s decades-old electric grid.

A February draft transmission study from the U.S. Department of Energy identifies a need for more infrastructure to transfer energy between regional electric systems.

Brant Johnson with Grid United, a Texas company that wants to build a new transmission line between Montana and North Dakota, said there’s “just not much connection east of Colstrip.”

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