Two proposals regarding nuclear power advanced Tuesday in the Montana Legislature, with one bill in particular, which would strike down a 43-year-old referendum, sparking some debate among lawmakers.
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.”
Eight years after it started working on a cleanup plan for the toxic coal ash ponds at Colstrip Power Plant, Gov. Steve Bullock’s administration is running out of time to finalize cleanup terms for the environmental mess.
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.
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.
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 on Tuesday reversed course on requiring more details from NorthWestern Energy about its application to purchase more of Colstrip Power Plant.
Shutting down Colstrip Unit 3 becomes much easier under an agreement between power plant owners Puget Sound Energy and NorthWestern Energy, documents show.
A major owner of Colstrip Power Plant has signed a 15-year contract for Montana hydropower from Energy Keepers, which is owned by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
NorthWestern Energy’s plans to buy more of Colstrip are lacking details and should be sent back to the drawing board, according to a legal team representing Montana consumers.
Long before Puget Sound Energy considered selling its Colstrip interests, the Washington utility was floating the idea of just shutting the power plant down.
Spokane-based Avista Corp. says its customers would save at least $2 million a year if Colstrip Units 3 and 4 were retired at the end of 2025.