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NorthWestern dam plan gets scrutiny at PSC hearing

NorthWestern dam plan gets scrutiny at PSC hearing

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.

July 06, 2014 12:15 am Photos


'Counsel is out of touch': NorthWestern assails report from consumer expert

'Counsel is out of touch': NorthWestern assails report from consumer expert

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.

May 12, 2014 3:23 pmLoading…

PSC votes against Consumer Counsel request for more data on NorthWestern dam plan

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.

February 20, 2014 5:50 pmLoading…

PSC rejects request to undo rate structure to encourage conservation

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.

December 29, 2010 6:00 pmLoading…

Changes for NWE include tiered rates, decoupling

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.

December 07, 2010 5:48 pmLoading…

Consumer Counsel agrees to settlement on Qwest-Century Link merger

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.

November 10, 2010 4:46 pmLoading…

NWE, others present rate-case settlement; no PSC sign-off yet

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.

September 22, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

NW Energy, Consumer Counsel & others propose rate-case settlement

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.

September 20, 2010 10:23 amLoading…

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