STATE OF MONTANA Tom Kaiserski - Program Manager
The Energy Governor Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer Governor Schweitzer’s vision for economic development within the State of Montana includes the robust development of Montana’s vast energy resources in order for the United States to achieve a clean, independent, and sustainable energy future.
The Schweitzer Energy Policy • Long term, sustainable, reliable, and affordable energy • Economic growth • National energy independence • Clean and renewable energy technology • Clean and healthful environment • Maintain the Montana quality of life
The Schweitzer Energy Policy • Diversified Energy Development • Renewable Energy Development • Cleaner Energy Development • Value Adding Energy Development • Energy Efficiency and Conservation • Energy Availability and Affordability • Adherence to Environmental Laws and Community Acceptance • Support Infrastructure Development
Support of our nation’s R&D programs, colleges of technology ,and university systems will produce the innovative workforce of tomorrow. The United States is the world’s greatest innovation economy. Building a smarter energy system and a more secure energy future will stem from the investment we make in the critical thinkers of tomorrow. “Innovators will change the world, not politicians.” – Governor Schweitzer
A Diverse, Balanced Energy Portfolio Traditional Energy Resources Renewable Energy Resources • Coal • Oil • Natural Gas • Wind • Geothermal • Hydroelectric • BioEnergy
Montana Energy Highlights • #1 in U.S. coal deposits • #1 in wind potential class 3 and above. #2 in overall potential • Over 50 wind farms in various levels of production • More than 15 locations for potential geothermal energy • Oil production doubled in the last decade • 16.5 million acres of crop land • 19 million acres of non-reserved forest
Clean and renewable energy production will help the nation gain energy independence through a domestically produced, sustainable energy portfolio. Development in this field will provide an economic boon to the nation. But, renewable resources alone cannot meet our national demand and further development of our traditional resources must continue if we are to attain energy independence. What role will “clean and green” energy play in the future of US energy production and consumption?
Montana has a vast portfolio of clean, renewable resources that can produce thousands of MWs • Untapped resources • Montana is an energy exporter • Montana can help other states meet Renewable Energy Standards • Investment in transmission infrastructure is essential • Lack of transmission infrastructure impedes development How green can Montana energy be? As Green as we can! Montana can help the nation increase its clean & green energy supply ,& production, through development of: Montana Wind Montana Biofuels Montana Biomass Montana Geothermal Montana Hydro
Energy and Agriculture Judith Gap Wind Farm – Central Montana Montana has seen a dramatic decrease in the number of family farms as agriculture production on a smaller scale has become less and less sustainable. Our farmers are finding energy development and agriculture can go hand in hand, supplying a supplemental income through royalty and lease payments while having minimal impacts to farm operation. Montana has 16.5 million acres of crop land, much of which lies within one of the world’s best energy corridors.
Montana is Wind Country US Annual Average Wind Power #1 state in wind power potential, Class 3 and above
Wind: Montana’s fastest growing renewable • Montana is the fastest growing state for wind energy production • 1 MW in 2005; 386 MW today • Huge potential • Limited by transmission • Minimal citizen resistance to wind farms • Development could easily reach 5000+ MW in the near future with increased transmission capacity
Montana Renewable Programs Wind for Schools • Facilitate and promote the use of wind energy generation for public facilities. • 2010 installations are in Lewistown, Townsend, Valier, Glasgow, Wolf Point, and Forsyth. These were all done over a period of 4 weeks. Other installations shown on map are Fairfield, Livingston, Cascade, Stanford & MSU Bozeman.
Energy Development is Good Economics Development of energy projects provides jobs and tax revenue to rural areas of Montana that have bared economic hardship over the past decade.
Transmission is Key National energy security and stability requires a transmission system that is able to move energy supply to energy demand. Creation of a transcontinental grid will enhance renewable energy development throughout the nation.
Montana’s Export Markets Regional market demand in the west is increasing. Renewable Energy Standards have also placed an increased demand on renewable energy. Montana currently export ~60% of its electrical generation; increased export is hindered by limited transmission capacity.
Western States Wind Energy Potential Energy Supply Adversely, renewable energy supply is not located near the region’s large demand near the pacific coast and southwest. Montana’s renewable resource supply must be able to reach these markets through an intelligent transmission system.
Montana Transmission for America High-capacity, high-voltage interstate lines Montana Alberta Tie Line Mountain States Transmission Intertie Chinook Wind Spirit Wind Collector Systems NorthWestern Energy Wind Spirit
Energy Development is Good Economics Transmission projects also bring millions of dollars of economic impact to local and state economies.
Conclusion • Montana has vast Energy Resources • Renewable and Traditional • Exporting Montana energy can help secure a domestic energy supply and help other states and the nation meet Renewable Energy Standards • Transmission Capacity is Essential • Development of our energy resources hinders upon our ability to deliver a product to larger markets • A stable energy grid requires an integrated transmission system • Energy Development is Good Economics • Billions of dollars in capital investment, millions of dollars in state and local revenues, and thousands of jobs are being generated due to new energy development in Montana and the nation. • Innovation within this industry will come from supporting our universities and R&D programs.