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NorthWestern Energy: Heatwave brownouts not a concern

Posted: Jul 15, 2017 10:55 AM
Utility officials say they are well prepared to keep the AC on during the heat. (MTN News photo) Utility officials say they are well prepared to keep the AC on during the heat. (MTN News photo)
MISSOULA -

Even though it's been scorching hot and there's no break in sight, NorthWestern Energy says brownouts and blackouts aren't a concern for customers.

Utility spokesman Butch Larcombe says NorthWestern Energy has plenty of capacity to power air conditioners and fans while temperatures continue to climb. 

He says that even during the hottest days of the year, power consumption in western Montana during the summer doesn't reach the same heights as it does in the winter.

"We have much more demand on our system in the winter months than we do in the summer typically, so it's not a real issue for us," Larcombe explained.

Larcombe says that even if power consumption was higher than expected, NorthWestern Energy could simply generate more electricity.

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