It’s official, Montana is attempting to nullify portions of the private contract that has governed Colstrip Power Plant for 40 years.
Colstrip Power Plant owners are disputing the coal ash cleanup plans chosen by Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality, calling a required $285 million cleanup bond “grossly excessive.”
Once unthinkable, Colstrip power plant and Rosebud Mine soon could be legally separated as utilities and lawmakers conspire on a future without Westmoreland Coal Co.
Colstrip power plant co-owner PacifiCorp reported this week that 13 of its 22 coal-fired power plants were uneconomical; Colstrip wasn't among them, but its performance was marginal.
The lone source of coal for the Colstrip power plant has been scheduled for bankruptcy auction in late January.
Colstrip Power Plant, one of the largest electricity generators in the northwestern United States, has been shut down for at least a month because of air pollution problems, The Billings Gazette has learned.
The one thing Avista Corp made clear to Montana utility regulators Thursday is that it will not give a shutdown date for Colstrip Power Plant, even as it plans to be financially ready to do so in nine years — and even though it’s offered the coal burner’s host community $4.5 million to prepare for the end.
The community of Colstrip has agreed to a $4.5 million payment from Avista Corp. to help the community transition beyond coal.
Westmoreland Coal Co. stock fell to 26 cents a share Tuesday after the company with three Montana mines indicated it would consider bankruptcy.
Environmental watchdogs are warning Montana officials against letting Talen Energy cut corners in its cleanup of toxic coal ash pods in Colstrip.
As Washington state regulators assess early plans to shutter half of Colstrip Power Plant, third-party witnesses are attempting to influence the outcome.
Montana’s attempt to influence a key decision on Colstrip’s future has been ruled irrelevant and too late to matter by an administrative judge.
Montana has missed its chance to weigh in on a Washington utility’s early plans for shuttering half of the Colstrip Power Plant, say lawyers for regulators overseeing the matter.
Montana’s attorney general wants Colstrip Power Plant’s newer units taken off the table in a Washington hearing where Puget Sound Energy is discussing the coal-fired generators’ partial closure.