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Montana Consumer Counsel

Consumer witness: NW dam purchase a bad deal for consumers, unless altered

Consumer witness: NW dam purchase a bad deal for consumers, unless altered

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.

July 15, 2014 1:45 pm Photos


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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NorthWestern says Consumer Counsel changes would nix $900M dam deal

NorthWestern says Consumer Counsel changes would nix $900M dam deal

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.

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Guest opinion: Dam purchase makes good sense for NWE's Montana customers

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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Guest opinion: Have your say on NWE dam plan this month

Want to make your voice heard on a deal that, if approved, will affect your power bill for a generation to come?

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Consumer Counsel: NW dam purchase an expensive burden for ratepayers – and profitable for NW

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. 

April 04, 2014 4:15 pm

PSC to gather comment on proposed dams purchase

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.

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Gazette opinion: The best dam deal for Montana

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 …

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Guest opinion: PSC scrutinizing NWE $900M dam purchase

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.

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PSC rejects Consumer Counsel request to reconsider Mountain Water rate case

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.

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PSC grants $13M interim rate increase for NorthWestern gas customers

PSC grants $13M interim rate increase for NorthWestern gas customers

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.

March 20, 2013 5:58 pm Photos



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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NorthWestern, Consumer Counsel reach wind project agreement

HELENA — NorthWestern Energy says it has reached an agreement with the Montana Consumer Counsel on the financial structure of a proposed wind plant project.

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Consumer Counsel, Clark Fork Coalition warn of Carlyle Group flipping ownership of Mtn Water

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.

August 01, 2011 4:45 pmLoading…

PSC OKs NorthWestern electricity rate settlement

HELENA - Montana regulators have approved a NorthWestern Energy rate structure settlement after they were challenged by the utility and consumer and environmental groups.

April 26, 2011 6:10 pmLoading…

NW Energy, Consumer Counsel, enviro groups ask court to void parts of NW rate decision

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.

February 01, 2011 6:12 pmLoading…

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.

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