HELENA — NorthWestern Energy’s proposal to pay $900 million for 11 hydroelectric dams — and charge the cost to its Montana ratepayers — goes under the microscope this week, as state regulators kick off a weeklong hearing on the plan.
HELENA — A consumer expert’s critique of NorthWestern Energy’s proposed $900 million purchase of 11 hydroelectric dams is “out of touch” with what Montana consumers want and should be rejected, the company said.
HELENA — On a 3-2 vote, the state Public Service Commission has allowed NorthWestern Energy to block PSC staff and a consumer attorney’s requests for more analysis on the firm’s proposed $900 million purchase of 11 hydroelectric dams in Montana.
HELENA — The state Public Service Commission has rejected requests by NorthWestern Energy, the state Consumer Counsel and others to undo a new rate structure meant to encourage conservation by utility customers.
HELENA — State utility regulators Tuesday approved sweeping rate changes for NorthWestern Energy's electric and gas customers, including new "tiered" electric rates for homeowners and other mechanisms meant to encourage conservation.
HELENA — Qwest and CenturyLink, the two largest land-line telephone companies operating in Montana, have agreed to merger conditions endorsed by the Montana Consumer Counsel, likely paving the way for state regulatory approval of the companies' proposed merger.
HELENA — NorthWestern Energy and consumer groups Tuesday presented their entire proposed settlement of an electric-and-gas rate case for NorthWestern’s 335,000 customers in Montana but regulators gave no indication whether they would accept it.
HELENA — NorthWestern Energy, the state’s largest electric-and-gas utility, and the Montana Consumer Counsel are proposing to settle a major rate case with a slight increase for electric rates and a decrease in natural gas rates.