VIDEO: Exclusive Interview with U.S. development company moving forward with pumped-storage hydro in Montana

Carl E. Borgquist, president of Absaroka Energy, describes his company’s ongoing journey in pumped-storage and transmission line development “as strategic for energy development in the northern plains of the western U.S.”

Absaroka received a 50-year operating license from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensing process in December 2016 for the 400-MW Gordon Butte pumped storage project. Construction on the project could begin in 2018, with a projected on-line date of early 2022.

In an exclusive interview with and in the November cover story for Hydro Review magazine, Borgquist offers insight about how his small development company took what might be described as an unorthodox approach to project design and regulatory licensing.

Look for more of’s exclusive interview with this innovative developer in the coming months. And, if you have questions you would like to ask Borgquist, send them to: and will share Borgquist’s responses on

The Gordon Butte article in Hydro Review’s November issue details how Absaroka Energy employed a combination of several techniques to pave a “less rocky” path through the regulatory process.

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