BILLINGS - Oil, coal, and wind. Montana has numerous sources of energy and it's constantly under development. And Wednesday, industry and government leaders met to discuss the future of energy in Big Sky Country.
Discussions included the latest developments on harvesting power and energy from the region. The event was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and put on by Big Sky Economic Development. The group said the booming industry gives back to local communities and programs.
"All that ripples through our economy. It impacts our schools districts, it impacts healthcare delivery, it provides extra business opportunities for Main Street businesses. So we're all woven together, that energy conversation," said Steve Arveschoug (pronounced "ar-ve-skow").
Arveschoug said there is still plenty of resources Montana can continue to pursue. Wind energy in particular makes up only 4% of the state's energy portfolio and is expected to rapidly grow over the next several years.