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.
Update April 28, 8:45 a.m.: On reconsideration Wednesday morning, lawmakers decided there were better places than the Public Service Commission budget to find $75,000 for an investigation into the PSC's decision to not allow NorthWestern Energy to bill customers for $6 million stemming from a months-long summer malfunction at Colstrip Power Plant. The money will come from the state general fund.
Talen Energy, in a joint venture with Pattern Energy, is pursuing lease agreements for a wind farm in a targeted project area of roughly 14 square miles in Rosebud and Treasure counties.
As three generations of utility regulators warned state lawmakers against a bill saddling consumers with a Colstrip Power Plant debt, NorthWestern Energy said the generator would shutter in four years without it.
Montana’s utility regulator is warning that the latest bill to bail out Colstrip Power Plant could cost NorthWestern Energy customers as much as $1.9 billion.
Construction of what’s expected to be Montana’s largest wind farm will begin in 2021 just beyond the shadow the coal-fired Colstrip Power Plant.
NorthWestern's Montana customers collectively saw a one-year rate increase of $23.8 million starting in October of 2019. The difference between $14.3 million and what NorthWestern has already collected will have to be credited back.
Rather than selling its shares in Colstrip power plant, it would be better for Washington consumers for Puget Sound Energy to keep its shares in the troubled power plant and use the utility’s ownership leverage to shut down the power plant entirely by the end of 2025, Washington’s consumer advocate and the staff of the state’s utility commission said.
U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette toured the Colstrip mine and power plant complex Friday, reiterating the Trump administration’s elusive goal of stopping coal-fired power plants from closing.
Delayed once already by COVID-19 concerns, Colstrip Unit 4 will shut down for maintenance this fall, with the possibility of prolonged, and costly, outages if the work can’t be completed.
Regulators have hit the pause button on NorthWestern Energy’s proposed purchase of an increased share of Colstrip Unit 4.
In February of 2018, hazardous air pollutants from Colstrip Power Plant were right at the legal limit.
The summer-long shutdown of the Colstrip power plant in 2018 took center stage Wednesday as NorthWestern Energy made its case for a $23.8 million rate increase to cover unexpected costs.
It’s been nearly three years since Colstrip Power Plant owners in Washington state first committed millions of dollars to helping their Montana company town transition to a post-coal era. But, in Big Sky Country, the discussion keeps getting shelved.
Organizations concerned about NorthWestern Energy’s plans for Colstrip Power Plant were granted some details recently, but were turned back on others by Montana’s Public Service Commission.
The Montana Public Service Commission on Tuesday reversed course on requiring more details from NorthWestern Energy about its application to purchase more of Colstrip Power Plant.