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NorthWestern to lease historic Mont. hydro facility for blockchain data center

Aug 02, 2019 - SNL Renewable Energy Week

Northwestern Corp. announced that it has submitted a plan to federal regulators that calls for leasing the utility's Rainbow Dam powerhouse, near Great Falls, Mont., to a company for a blockchain model data center.

NorthWestern, which operates in Montana as NorthWestern Energy, submitted the plan to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to lease the century-old powerhouse to Irvine, Calif.,-based Susteen Inc. FERC has jurisdiction over hydro licensing, and the use of the historic buildi...