Central Montana Wind Energy Update

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Great Falls/Cut Bank, MT - Landowners concerned with commercial wind lease agreements and people interested in small wind systems will have an opportunity to learn about wind energy on Dec. 7 in Great Falls and Dec. 8 in Cut Bank. Montana State University Extension is providing two, one-day trainings on issues of wind energy, ranging from commercial wind development and land leasing issues to small wind system information for homeowners.

The Central Montana Wind Energy Update will begin in Great Falls at the MSU College of Technology, Heritage Hall at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 7. The same session will begin at the Elk's at 11:30 a.m. in Cut Bank on Dec. 8.

The first several hours of the Update will provide landowners with a review of commercial wind energy activity in the state, an overview of legal issues to consider when leasing by James Hackstaff of Hackstaff, Gessler, LLC, a law firm from Denver, Colo.; perspectives on leasing from a commercial wind developer, Compass Wind; an overview of landowner association models and an update on transmission line developments in Montana. The small wind session, which will begin at 6:00 p.m., will provide information to the general public on small wind systems, how to select a system, and financial assistance programs that can help to off-set expenses associated with system installation.

The same session will be offered in both Great Falls and Cut Bank. A free lunch will be served at both locations, but pre-registration for the meal is required by noon on December 4. Please contact MSU Extension Cascade County (406) 454-6980 or MSU Extension Glacier County (406)873-2239 for further information.