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Guest opinion: Hydro dams will meet NWE customer needs at lowest cost

If the Montana Public Service Commission approves NorthWestern Energy’s proposal to acquire the PPL dams, those great facilities will be dedicated to serve our Montana customers, at prices based on the cost of producing electricity, for as long as there is water in the Missouri and Clark For…

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Bob Rowe: Hydro power deal will help customers for a long time

Bob Rowe: Hydro power deal will help customers for a long time

If the Montana Public Service Commission approves NorthWestern Energy’s proposal to acquire the PPL dams, those great facilities will be dedicated to serve our Montana customers, at prices based on the cost of producing electricity, for as long as there is water in the Missouri and Clark For…

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Gazette opinion: Important questions raised but unanswered in hydropower purchase

Previously, we’ve said that a proposal by NorthWestern Energy to buy hydroelectric dams in Montana from PPL-Montana would seem to be a good deal.

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NWE CEO says dam purchase a good deal: We are not 'crooks’

NWE CEO says dam purchase a good deal: We are not 'crooks’

HELENA — NorthWestern Energy CEO Bob Rowe told state regulators Thursday that the company’s $870 million purchase of a dozen hydroelectric dams is a solid plan to rebuild the utility and benefit customers, and that suggestions that the company will unduly profit are wrong.

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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

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NorthWestern, Consumer Counsel present contrasting views of $900M dam purchase

NorthWestern, Consumer Counsel present contrasting views of $900M dam purchase

HELENA – Montana’s tarnished utility-deregulation law wove its way through the fabric of Tuesday’s hearing on NorthWestern Energy’s proposal to buy a dozen hydroelectric dams, with a company lawyer calling the plan a chance to “put the failed experiment of utility deregulation behind us.”

July 08, 2014 11:20 am Photos

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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.

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PSC approves temporary electric rate increase for NorthWestern customers

PSC approves temporary electric rate increase for NorthWestern customers

HELENA — The state Public Service Commission Tuesday voted 4-1 to approve a $32 million annual, temporary rate increase for NorthWestern Energy’s electric customers in Montana starting next month.

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Engineering group raises issues with NorthWestern dams purchase

Engineering group raises issues with NorthWestern dams purchase

GREAT FALLS — A consulting company hired to evaluate NorthWestern Energy’s planned $900 million purchase of 11 hydroelectric dams has questioned whether the proposal budgets enough money for operations and maintenance of the structures.

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Guest opinion: Keystone XL will boost crude prices in Montana

Does this sound familiar, Montana?

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Dog training tunnel turns out the lights for 1,300 on South Side

About 1,300 people on the South Side lost power on Thursday after a spokesman for NorthWestern Energy said an object from the Montana Women's Prison got caught in a power line, causing the line to short out.

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Lights back on at First Interstate tower

Lights back on at First Interstate tower

Power was restored in the First Interstate Bank tower at about 11 a.m. on Wednesday. NorthWestern Energy crews had to replace a transformer that was original to the building in 1985.

June 04, 2014 8:51 am Photos

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Utility projects changes in gas, electricity costs

HELENA — NorthWestern Energy is projecting residential customers' bills for natural gas will go down, while electricity goes up.

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Guest opinion: NWE must get that hydropower back

Guest opinion: NWE must get that hydropower back

When a friend referred to me as a "tribal elder," I was flattered. Then I realized she meant I was old, really old. Whether you are a tribal elder or really old, you learn first hand “what goes around, comes around.” So it is with hydropower for NorthWestern Energy. Hydropower has come around again.

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NorthWestern Energy office building

NorthWestern Energy office building

Architect’s rendering by Mosaic Architecture of a new NorthWestern Energy office building in Butte. 

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Butte has high hopes for NorthWestern headquarters, Uptown development

Butte has high hopes for NorthWestern headquarters, Uptown development

BUTTE — In just days, after months of talks and plans and dotting i’s and crossing t’s, dust will finally fly as work begins on the new Uptown digs for NorthWestern Energy.

May 19, 2014 9:35 am Photos

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NorthWestern Energy building

NorthWestern Energy building

This model of the planned new general office building for NorthWestern Energy, done by Montana-based Mosaic Architecture, shows how it will look when completed. Mosaic designed the building.

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High hopes for new NorthWestern headquarters, Butte development

High hopes for new NorthWestern headquarters, Butte development

BUTTE — In just days, after months of talks and plans and dotting i’s and crossing t’s, dust will finally fly as work begins on the new Uptown digs for NorthWestern Energy.

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NorthWestern spokesman: Power outage resolved on West End

Butch Larcombe, NorthWestern Energy spokesman, said the West End power outage has been resolved.

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