Montana Consumer Counsel
HELENA — The lead witness for a Montana consumer-advocate office said Tuesday that if regulators approve NorthWestern Energy’s $900 million purchase of a dozen hydroelectric dams without changes, it will mean guaranteed profits for the company and much higher costs for ratepayers.
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.
NorthWestern Energy would have to walk away from a $900 million deal to buy 11 hydroelectric dams in Montana if forced to make changes recommended by the state Consumer Counsel, an executive for the South Dakota-based utility said Thursday.
I am a lifelong Montanan, was a state representative from Bozeman for 16 years, and reside in Clyde Park. I have had the honor and challenge of serving on the board of directors of NorthWestern Energy for the past five years.
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HELENA — NorthWestern Energy’s proposed purchase of 12 hydro-electric dams in Montana could impose up to $800 million of excess costs on electric ratepayers the next 15 years, unless more risk is shifted to the company, a consumer expert says.
HELENA – The state Public Service Commission, which must decide whether to approve NorthWestern Energy’s proposed $900 million purchase of 11 hydroelectric dams in Montana, is planning 19 public “listening sessions” on the issue.
NorthWestern Energy has a great dam plan. Adding Montana hydroelectric dams to the utility’s assets will provide price stability for customers. More of the power supply for Montanans will be regulated by the Montana Public Service Commission. Less of Montana customers’ electricity will need …
On Dec. 20, NorthWestern Energy officially submitted an application to the Public Service Commission to acquire PPL Montana’s 11 hydroelectric generating and storage facilities throughout the state for a purchase price of $900 million.
HELENA — On a 3-2 vote, the state Public Service Commission on Tuesday rejected a state consumer office’s request that the PSC reconsider a rate increase granted last month to Missoula’s privately owned municipal water company, Mountain Water Co.
HELENA — The state Public Service Commission has granted a $13.2 million temporary increase in natural gas rates for NorthWestern Energy, a 5.4 percent increase for its residential customers in Montana.
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.
HELENA — NorthWestern Energy says it has reached an agreement with the Montana Consumer Counsel on the financial structure of a proposed wind plant project.
HELENA — An investment group that wants to buy Missoula’s privately owned city water system apparently has plans to sell the system after building up its value — and that could spell trouble for local ratepayers, an expert for a consumer-advocate office said.
HELENA - Montana regulators have approved a NorthWestern Energy rate structure settlement after they were challenged by the utility and consumer and environmental groups.
HELENA — NorthWestern Energy, the state's largest electric-and-gas utility, and three consumer and environmental entities have gone to court to void a new rate structure approved late last year by the Public Service Commission.
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.