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.
Montana banks and credit unions have been at the forefront with Paycheck Protection Program lending and making changes as Montanans faced shutdowns, unemployment and more.
NorthWestern Energy power customers will see a refund and a reduction in monthly costs under a recent settlement over the cost of transmitting power.
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.
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A Montana truck manufacturer that has adjusted its production several times since the outbreak of COVID-19 has again shifted gears.
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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.
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Atlantic City Electric is asking the state Board of Public Utilities for approval to spend $220 million to install a network of smart meters across its territory, saying it will hasten power restoration and help customers conserve energy.
Businesses have had to embrace social distancing during the pandemic, and perhaps none more so than an English pub which installed an electric fence to keep thirsty customers at bay.
In February of 2018, hazardous air pollutants from Colstrip Power Plant were right at the legal limit.