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Power outage affects some downtown businesses

Four downtown Billings businesses were without power for about an hour Saturday night when a wind storm blew through the area, creating gusts up to 53 mph.

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NorthWestern electric rates are among highest in the region

NorthWestern electric rates are among highest in the region

HELENA — When NorthWestern Energy’s homeowner customers get their electric bills next month, they’ll pay 10.34 cents per kilowatt hour — still nearly the highest rate of any major electric utility in the region.

June 22, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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PSC consultant says NWE needs to show details of dam purchase

HELENA – A consultant hired by state utility regulators says NorthWestern Energy needs to provide more detailed information to show that buying 11 hydroelectric dams in Montana is a good deal for consumers.

January 27, 2014 8:54 pm

Small renewable-power producers take complaints about PSC to federal agency

HELENA – Small renewable-power producers in Montana, who say the state Public Service Commission is making it increasingly difficult for them to get a power-sale contract, have taken their complaint to federal regulators.

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PPL Montana putting its Montana power plants up for sale, industry sources say

PPL Montana putting its Montana power plants up for sale, industry sources say

HELENA — PPL Montana — the biggest power generator in the state — is trying to sell its 16 electric power plants in Montana, according to industry trade publications and sources close to the industry.

December 23, 2012 12:15 am Photos

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Power restored to homes affected by Delphia fire; red flag warnings issued

Power restored to homes affected by Delphia fire; red flag warnings issued

Power has been restored to several hundred homes that spent the weekend without electricity after the 30,000-acre Delphia fire torched a transmission line.

August 27, 2012 7:00 am Photos

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Power restored to homes affected by Delphia fire; red flag warnings issued

Power restored to homes affected by Delphia fire; red flag warnings issued

7 A.M.: Power has been restored to several hundred homes that spent the weekend without electricity after the 30,000-acre Delphia fire torched a transmission line.

August 26, 2012 7:30 pm Photos

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NorthWestern Energy calls 'timeout' on controversial MSTI power line

BUTTE — NorthWestern Energy officials have told multiple federal agencies to stop their work on a controversial power line, halting progress on the project for now.

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Have you heard: Texas-based burger chain hits Billings

Mooyah Restaurant, a Dallas-based burger chain, is coming to Billings.

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Power outage affects nearly 3,000 Billings residents

An evening outage left much of downtown Billings without power Tuesday.

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Power outage hits downtown Billings

An afternoon outage left much of downtown Billings without power on Sunday.

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Crews respond to burning power pole in downtown Billings

Crews respond to burning power pole in downtown Billings

A transformer blew at the corner of First Avenue North and North 13th this morning.

April 27, 2012 10:24 am Photos

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NWE restores power to most customers after squirrel knocks out substation

A squirrel is to blame for a large power outage in Billings that affected about 11,000 customers for about an hour on Friday morning, said Claudia Rapkoch, a spokeswoman for NorthWestern Energy.

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NorthWestern gives go-ahead to build Montana wind farm

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - NorthWestern Energy Corp. has given Compass Wind of Denver the go-ahead to build an $86.1 million wind farm in central Montana.

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Power out in Lockwood due to broken conductor

Power went out in Lockwood at 4 p.m. after a piece of conductor broke, disrupting electricity in the power lines.

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Supreme Court reinstates complaint over NorthWestern Energy street-light charges

HELENA -- The Montana Supreme Court has reinstated a complaint organized by Billings attorney and activist Russ Doty, who says NorthWestern Energy is overcharging Montanans for street-lighting.

February 15, 2012 5:59 pmLoading…

PSC endorses NorthWestern wind farm purchase on 3-2 vote

HELENA — The state Public Service Commission on Tuesday endorsed NorthWestern Energy’s proposed purchase of an $86 million north-central Montana wind-power project, which would become the largest wind farm owned by a Montana utility.

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As natural gas prices hit rock bottom, Montana consumers see slight drop

As natural gas prices hit rock bottom, Montana consumers see slight drop

HELENA — As market prices for natural gas are hitting rock bottom, Montana household consumers are benefiting as well — but their rates haven't dropped quite as much as the market. 

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Energy-storage project still on hold because of bankruptcy

ANACONDA -- New flywheel energy storage slated for the Dave Gates Generating Station near Anaconda remains on hold while the technology's developer deals with its recent bankruptcy.

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Consumer Counsel, NW Energy ink agreement on wind farm revenue

HELENA — NorthWestern Energy and the Montana Consumer Counsel have reached an agreement on revenue the company can recover from a proposed wind power project east of Great Falls — if the project is approved by state regulators.

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