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NorthWestern Energy sets stock price; offering will finance dam purchase

NorthWestern Energy sets stock price; offering will finance dam purchase

HELENA — NorthWestern Corp. announced Wednesday that it had set a $51.50-per-share price for nearly 6.77 million shares of stock being sold to help finance the purchase of 11 hydroelectric dams in Montana.

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PSC approves NW Energy’s $870M purchase of PPL’s hydro dams

PSC approves NW Energy’s $870M purchase of PPL’s hydro dams

HELENA — The state Public Service Commission Thursday approved NorthWestern Energy’s proposed $870 million purchase of 11 hydroelectric dams, paving the way for return of the Montana dams to utility ownership 15 years after they were sold off by Montana Power Co.

September 04, 2014 2:15 pm Photos

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PSC poised to approve NWE purchase of hydro plants — but on what conditions?

PSC poised to approve NWE purchase of hydro plants — but on what conditions?

HELENA — A majority of the state Public Service Commission appears poised to vote Thursday to approve NorthWestern Energy’s proposed $870 million purchase of 11 hydroelectric dams — although it’s uncertain what conditions it may impose on the sale.

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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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Groups gearing up for newest coal fight

Groups gearing up for newest coal fight

Montanans are gearing up for the latest round in the coal wars, with industry supporters trying to protect jobs while environmentalists seek a shift to renewable energy.

July 20, 2014 4:00 am 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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Obama plan sets up coal as Montana campaign issue

Obama plan sets up coal as Montana campaign issue

President Barack Obama’s plan to cut carbon dioxide pollution has opened a new front in Montana’s U.S. Senate race as the general election campaign kicks off between Democratic Sen. John Walsh and Republican Rep. Steve Daines.

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Montanans react to Obama EPA’s draft rules to reduce CO2 emissions

Montanans react to Obama EPA’s draft rules to reduce CO2 emissions

HELENA — The Obama administration’s new draft rules to reduce carbon emissions evoked strong, divergent reactions Monday in Montana, with coal industry supporters condemning the proposed rules and others calling them a good first step toward addressing climate change and global warming.

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Montana Energy Quarterly: Union workers worry as EPA prepares to regulate carbon emissions

Montana Energy Quarterly: Union workers worry as EPA prepares to regulate carbon emissions

The J.E. Corette coal-fired power plant is back in operation with the completion of repairs to fix a burst steam tube that forced a plant shutdown last February.

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Daines, coal stakeholders alarmed by new Washington state pollution laws

Daines, coal stakeholders alarmed by new Washington state pollution laws

A Washington state ban on electricity from coal-fired power plants would be an economy killer for Montana, U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said Monday.

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FTC grants approval for dam purchase – but PSC approval still needed

FTC grants approval for dam purchase – but PSC approval still needed

HELENA — NorthWestern Energy said Tuesday it has received approval from the Federal Trade Commission for its proposed $900 million purchase of 11 hydroelectric dams in Montana.

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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: PSC must weigh carbon cost risk in dam decision

Last week the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report, this one detailing the current and expected impacts from climate change. The report is the latest in a series of undeniable signals that the U.S. and the world will and must get serious about a…

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Guest opinion: NorthWestern hedging against energy price volatility

When we look back on the winter of 2013-14, we won’t remember the average temperatures. We’ll be talking about sustained periods of bitter cold in December, January, February, and even into March.

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CSKT to pay $18.3M for Kerr Dam; new name planned

CSKT to pay $18.3M for Kerr Dam; new name planned

PABLO — A price has been set for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to acquire Kerr Dam next year — and the number is tens of millions of dollars closer to what the tribes said it was worth than what PPL Montana had sought.

March 06, 2014 10:28 am Photos

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Flathead tribes to pay $18.3M for Kerr Dam

POLSON — The Salish and Kootenai tribes would have to pay nearly $18.3 million to acquire a northwestern Montana hydroelectric dam from PPL Montana, an arbitration panel has determined.

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Body found in Missouri River behind dam is prerelease walkway

GREAT FALLS — A man whose body was found in the Missouri River behind Black Eagle Dam has been identified as a November walk-away from the Great Falls Pre-Release Center.

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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.

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Corette power plant employees return as cleanup continues

Corette power plant employees return as cleanup continues

Employees of PPL Montana’s Corette power plant in Billings returned to work Wednesday as asbestos cleanup continues following the Feb. 3 rupture of a steam tube on the boiler.

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Corette power plant shuts down after asbestos leak

Corette power plant shuts down after asbestos leak

PPL Montana recently shut down its J.E. Corette power plant in Billings and sent workers home after a steam tube failed on the boiler and damaged asbestos-containing insulation. A subsequent windstorm also whipped up materials.

February 18, 2014 5:04 pmLoading…

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