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.
While Montanans consumed more electricity at home, businesses customers of the utility spent $10.5 million less on electricity from March of 2020 through the end of last year.
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.
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.
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.
NorthWestern Energy intends to build a $250 million, 175-megawatt power plant in Laurel as part of a plan to add 325 megawatts of dispatchable power to its Montana portfolio.
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.
NorthWestern Energy power customers will see a refund and a reduction in monthly costs under a recent settlement over the cost of transmitting power.
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.
Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald has been sought after by NFL teams the last few offseasons. But each time, he has opted to stay at his alma mater instead of making the jump to the next level.
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.
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.