The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has reached a settlement with Talen Energy that allows the state to keep its preferred plan on the table while Talen takes the next two years to come up with an alternative.
The latest roadmap for the region’s energy future is big on renewables and confident that coal-fired power plant retirements won’t lead to blackouts. Both assumptions had Montana utilities concerned this week.
At issue is a rate increase of $26.40 year for average homeowners, which NorthWestern had argued last spring was necessary to deal with projected energy prices that turned out to be higher than expected.
Talen Energy, which operates Colstrip Power Plant, is $4 billion in debt and facing negotiations with creditors.
NorthWestern Energy residential rates are expected to rise about $22.20 a year beginning in October as the utility attempts to recover unexpected costs from the previous rate year.
A Federal District Judge in Eastern Washington sided with the Texas-based company Aug. 18 by allowing a case brought by the Pacific Northwest owners of Colstrip to be transferred to Montana.
Hamilton experienced a series of short power outages Tuesday morning after a transformer installed Monday needed some adjustments.
NorthWestern Energy is asking customers in Hamilton to conserve electric use Monday, Aug. 16.
As of Friday, AIS Bureau Chief Tom Woolf said 49 boats have been noted as having aquatic invasive mussels, far surpassing the 35 boats with mussels detected last year which, at the time, was the all-time record.
The price of power is going up for NorthWestern Energy customers following decisions this week by the Montana Public Service Commission.
Bozeman, Helena, and Missoula have all set goals to get off fossil fuel power by 2035, while NorthWestern Energy appears to be dragging its feet on its promised green energy initiatives.
NorthWestern states that the gas plant would add nearly $80 a year to the average residential power bill.
A majority of the owners of Colstrip Power Plant sued Tuesday over a new Montana law nullifying portions of the plant’s 40-year-old business contract, calling the law unconstitutional.
It’s official, Montana is attempting to nullify portions of the private contract that has governed Colstrip Power Plant for 40 years.
There will be an investigation into the Montana Public Service Commission’s decision not to allow NorthWestern Energy to bill customers $6 million for costs related to a months-long malfunction at Colstrip Power Plant.
Lawmakers have abandoned plans to bill Montana’s Public Service Commission for an investigation into the PSC's decision to not allow NorthWestern Energy to bill customers $6 million for costs stemming from a months-long malfunction at Colstrip Power Plant.