Since candidate filing ends March 14, the judges set a fast timeline to decide how to handle Public Service Commission districts with unequal populations.
At issue are the five voting districts of the Montana Public Service Commission. The commission districts, last drawn into balance in 2003, violate the one-person, one-vote provision of the 14th Amendment.
Montana’s Public Service Commission districts, which have not been reapportioned in two decades, are likely unconstitutional, a federal judge has concluded.
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.
Citing falsified documentation and lax spending practices at the Montana Public Service Commission, state legislative auditors say there isn’t enough credible information to assess the department’s finances.
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.
A controversial bill to shield NorthWestern Energy from future financial losses associated with rescuing Colstrip Power Plant has been tabled.
Despite continued warnings about burdening consumers with Colstrip Power Plant debt, Senate Republicans moved forward Tuesday with a bill shielding NorthWestern Energy from financial losses associated with the troubled plant.
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.
A $2.5 million damage claim has been filed against members of the Montana Public Service Commission, and staff members, by exiting Commissioner Roger Koopman, the target of an email spying scheme and phony police investigation.
Another renewable energy project has won a lawsuit against Montana’s Public Service Commission.
It’s been a chaotic few years for the elected officials who decide what most Montanans’ utility bills look like.
Another Montana solar project has won a state Supreme Court ruling against NorthWestern Energy and the Montana Public Service Commission, which “chose unlawful methodologies” to render a solar farm near Billings uneconomical.
Montana Public Service Commission documents showing a pattern of bullying, harassment, and spying at the agency have been released by a district court judge, months after commissioners sued the news media rather than release data.
Regulators have hit the pause button on NorthWestern Energy’s proposed purchase of an increased share of Colstrip Unit 4.
Voters narrowed their choices for new leadership on utility bills Tuesday, choosing candidates in three of Montana’s Public Service Commission districts.
“Have you no sense of decency?” These were the words that brought down Senator Joseph McCarthy and his reign of terror in 1954. Although it is sixty-six years later, I might ask the same thing of the Montana Public Service Commission. Have you no sense of decency about the job the voters elected you to do?
Montana lawmakers accused the state’s utility regulator Thursday of abandoning consumers in its handling of NorthWestern Energy’s application to buy more of Colstrip Power Plant.
The Montana Public Service Commission is suing the Billings Gazette and others who have asked for public records about the commission’s recent email spying scandal.