Wind Energy in Montana

Find wind data and information in Montana, including maps, capacity, ordinances, and more.

Capacity and Generation

Installed Capacity 720 MW Source: American Wind Energy Association Market Report

Potential Capacity 678,977 MW Source: AWS Truepower, NREL

Annual Potential Generation
  • 2015 2,255,330 GWh
  • 2020 2,353,767 GWh
  • 2030 2,498,973 GWh
  • 2050 2,621,321 GWh
Source: AWS Truepower, NREL Annual Technology Baseline
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration's Open Data API, Electricity Net Generation.

Wind power potentials reflect the amount of wind power that is technologically possible to have installed in a given region. For more information, see the U.S. wind capacity and potential map and the Wind Vision Report.

Maps & Data

Wind Education & Training

Career training and projects at schools in Montana.

Training Locations

University of Montana

Miles Community College

Great Falls College - Montana State University

Montana Wind Application Center (Montana State University)

Wind for Schools Project Locations

Sleeping Giant Middle School and Park High School

Stanford High School

Cascade Middle/High School

Fairfield High School

Fergus High School

Forsyth High School

Glasgow High School

Townsend Elementary and Middle School and Broadwater High School

Valier Elementary and Middle School and Valier High School

Wolf Point High School

Regional Resource Center

Regional Resource Centers (RRCs) help address the unique challenges and opportunities of wind energy in key regions of the United States.

The RRC for Montana is Northwest Wind Resource and Action Center.

Montana Offices and Organizations

Clean Energy Group

Clean Energy Group is a leading national, nonprofit organization working on innovative policy, technology, and finance programs in the areas of clean energy and climate change. The group's projects concentrate on climate and clean energy issues at the state, national, and international levels and include stakeholders from governments and the private and nonprofit sectors. Clean Energy Group assists states to create and implement innovative practices and public funding programs for clean energy project deployment; creates networks of U.S. and international policy makers to address climate stabilization strategies; and advances effective distributed innovation theories, finance, and commercialization tools for new climate technologies.

Montana Department of Environmental Quality

The Energy Planning and Renewables section of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality operates programs such as the Alternative Energy Revolving Loan Program that encourages Montana homeowners and small businesses to install renewable energy systems through low interest loans. In addition, the Energy Planning and Renewables section provides information and data on renewable energy across Montana and plays a key role in planning for energy emergencies.

National Center for Appropriate Technology

The National Center for Appropriate Technology provides research-based technical assistance and information in the fields of sustainable agriculture, sustainable energy, and community development.

Renewable Northwest

Renewable Northwest works to expand renewable energy resources in the Northwest through collaboration with government, industry, utilities, customers, and advocacy groups.