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Gordon Butte project near Martinsdale could help shape Montana's energy future

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Tiny Martinsdale, Montana isn't exactly the place you think of in terms of Montana's energy future, but a unique project within a 5 minute drive of town promises to play a key role in greening up Montana's energy scene.

Absaroka Energy's Gordon Butte Project is a closed loop pumped storage hydro facility with an estimated cost between $800 to $900 million dollars.

If and when it's built, it will be the largest single capitol project in Montana history.

The project will feature two, four-thousand acre feet reservoirs with the potential to generate up to 400 megawatts of electricity.

"Water will be pushed back and forth between the upper and lower reservoirs, said Absaroka Energy President Carl Borgquist.

"The water will be.pumped up when we need to pull electrons off the grid, released to generate electricity when we need something to replace electricity,"  Borgquist explained.

Borgquist said he foresees the facility as the next generation of energy export and energy support within Montana.

Right now, the company is waiting for its permit from the Federal Energy Regulator Commission, but Absaroka officials believe they might have that permit in-hand by the end of this year.

To gain a better perspective on the project, Borgquist took MTN News to the top of the Gordon Butte to give us a better perspective.

Click on the video to watch Jay Kohn's full report. 

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