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May 2016 – Rocky Mountain Power enters historic partnership with Wind Power Inc. (WPI) for electricity and storage. Press Release

May 2013 – Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) is pleased to announce that it has joined WADE Canada. WADE Canada is a national not-for-profit organization and the country chapter of the World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (WADE). RMP is dedicated to the development of innovative transmission, generation and energy storage solutions that promote growth in decentralized energy. Our projects are designed to enable a more reliable, affordable and sustainable energy future.


December 2011 – Rocky Mountain Power has sold its interest in the Wind Spirit Project and the related project entities to the other participants in the project.Terms of the agreement were not released.  The RMP management team conceived of this unique project and managed the project through the pre-development stages.  The Wind Spirit Project involves the aggregation of diverse wind energy generation, integration of energy firming and shaping technologies, and connection to a collector and trunk line transmission system.  Additional information on the Wind Spirit Project can be found at the Grasslands website www.gre-llc.com


July 2011 - Rocky Mountain Power is pleased to announce that the Qu'Appelle Dam Hydro Project has been selected by SaskPower as part of the 2011 Green Options (GO) Partner Program. This award will enable Rocky Mountain Power to increase the maximum size of the run-of-river hydroelectric project from 0.5 MW to 2.0 MW. The project is eligible to receive a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) from SaskPower. Under the terms of the PPA, SaskPower will purchase all the electricity produced by the project at a pre-determined price for a term not to exceed 40 years.


March 2011 - Rocky Mountain Power and LECTRIX, LLC have established a project development company called SATL Inc. for the purpose of developing the Saskatchewan-Alberta Tie Line (SATL) project.  SATL Phase I will consist of a 150MW back-to-back HVDC converter station and a short transmission line near the City of Lloydminster.  Lloydminster straddles the Alberta/Saskatchewan provincial border and has strong access to the power transmission grids in both provinces.

The planned in-service date for Phase I is late 2015.  Total project costs for this phase are expected to be between $100-120 million.  Phase II will expand the facility to provide an additional 150MW of transfer capability and Phase III will integrate a portfolio of utility-scale storage technologies.


June 2010 - Rocky Mountain Power is pleased to announce that the Qu'Appelle Dam Hydro Project has been selected by SaskPower as part of the Green Options (GO) Partner Program.  This 0.5MW run-of-river hydroelectric project is now eligible to receive a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) from SaskPower. Under the terms of the PPA, SaskPower will purchase all electricity produced by the project at a pre-determined price for a term not to exceed 40 years.


June 2010 - Governor of Montana announces support of agreement between Grasslands Renewable Energy, LLC and Western Area Power Administration. read more Grasslands Renewable Energy, LLC was established by Rocky Mountain Power in 2008 to develop the Wind Spirit Project.


May 2010 - Grasslands Renewable Energy today announced a major milestone in the development of its Montana based Wind Spirit Project. Grasslands has executed letters of intent, which include initial financial contributions, with ten wind energy developers from across Montana and the Northern Plains to join its Wind Spirit Project. These ten developers account for over 3,000 MW of clean, renewable wind energy that will be aggregated, firmed and delivered to energy consumers.  President Carl Borgquist explained, "The Wind Spirit Project will combine intermittent, geographically diverse wind with an integrated transmission and energy storage system that will be able to deliver 1,000 MW of firm renewable energy. The agreements with these ten wind developers help us move closer to that goal."

The wind resources for the Wind Spirit Project will be collected via a series of regional transmission lines and transported to population centers using either high voltage AC or DC transmission lines. By combining renewable energy from multiple geographic areas with energy storage technologies and smart grid components, Grasslands will create a more reliable and cost-effective renewable energy supply.

"Montana and the surrounding region have some of the best wind resources in the nation. The Wind Spirit Project's unique and innovative business model will allow wind developers from diverse geographic areas to work together in new ways to fully realize our potential," explained Jeff Arcel, the Managing Partner of Windmaker Energy, one of the participating wind developers.

Recently, Grasslands petitioned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a declaratory order to approve the business structure of the Wind Spirit Project. Grasslands is also awaiting a preliminary permit from FERC for a 350 MW closed-loop pumped storage hydro project in central Montana. The pumped storage system will provide the energy firming and energy storage needed for the Wind Spirit Project. Founded in 2008 by Rocky Mountain Power (2006) Inc. and Absaroka Energy LLC, Grasslands Renewable Energy LLC is a renewable energy leader focused on providing an integrated renewable energy solution in North America. Grasslands has partnered with a Spanish engineering and renewable energy company, Elecnor S.A., offering international expertise in wind, solar and smart grid technologies.

April 2010
- Grasslands Renewable Energy LLC (Grasslands) announced on April 8 that it has applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requesting regulatory approvals needed to advance its innovative Wind Spirit Project.  Based in the wind-rich state of Montana, Grasslands has introduced the Wind Spirit Project, an integrated and green approach to harnessing, storing, and transporting clean renewable energy to consumers. "Our goal is to create a package of renewable energy that can compete on reliability and price, not just with renewables like solar, but with non-renewables such as coal," said Carl Borgquist, President of Grasslands. "By combining the wind resources of the Northern Plains in an integrated solution, we can help fight climate change and be a leader in America's energy future."

Grasslands is developing a transmission system to access geographically diverse renewable energy from across Montana and the Northern Great Plains. Through the Wind Spirit Project, renewable energy from multiple geographic areas will combine with energy storage technologies and smart grid components to create a more consistent renewable energy supply. The energy for the Wind Spirit Project would be collected via series of 230KV AC transmission lines and transported to large markets using high voltage AC and DC transmission lines. By combining renewable energy from different geographic areas, the Wind Spirit Project will make renewable energy more efficient and cost effective.

"Montana can and will lead our nation in wind energy development. But until we solve our transmission constraint problems, little of this great resource will be developed. The project proposed by Grasslands Renewable Energy is an important first step in ensuring quality energy jobs for Montanans and clean energy for America," said Governor Brian Schweitzer.

Founded in 2008 by Rocky Mountain Power (2006) Inc. and Absaroka Energy LLC, Grasslands Renewable Energy LLC is a renewable energy leader focused on providing an integrated renewable energy solution in North America. Grasslands has partnered with a Spanish engineering and renewable energy company, Elecnor S.A., offering international expertise in wind, solar and smart grid technologies.


June 2009 - Rocky Mountain Power has established a wholly owned subsidiary called Prairie WindFields Corporation.  The company’s initial focus is to develop utility scale wind energy projects in Saskatchewan and it has two prospective wind farm locations currently under review. Southern Saskatchewan has one of Canada’s best wind resources and this renewable energy potential represents a significant opportunity for Rock Mountain Power. Prairie WindFields is Rocky Mountain Power’s second renewable energy project company.


November 2008 - Grasslands Renewable Energy, LLC is pleased to announce that is has aligned itself with Elecnor S.A.
www.elecnor.com for the development of the Wind Spirit Project. Elecnor has successfully developed energy projects around the world and brings a wide range of industry expertise.


January 2008 - Rocky Mountain Power has established its first renewable energy project company called Grasslands Renewable Energy, LLC for the purpose of developing the Wind Spirit Project. Grasslands is 77.5% owned by RMP and 22.5% owned by Absaroka Energy, LLC.  Grasslands will be based in Bozeman, Montana.