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.
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.
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.
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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In his Feb. 26 guest opinion, John Roeber praises Montana’s history of “balancing” our love of the land with our extraction of mineral riches. He writes, “That balance is our ‘third way,’ where extremist positions take a back seat to pragmatism.”
HELENA — PPL Montana has agreed to install new pollution monitors at its Colstrip and Corette coal-fired plants.
The Montana Supreme Court’s recent ruling on an important stream access case represents an alarming expansion of access law at the detriment of property rights.
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 — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit over the release of data from the Colstrip power plant after the parties reached a settlement agreement.
HELENA — NorthWestern Energy’s planned $900 million purchase of 11 hydroelectric dams will mean decades of stable customer rates after an initial increase of about 5 percent, or about $4 per month, on an average residential bill, company executives told lawmakers Friday.
You’ve heard the news. At NorthWestern Energy, we’re bringing hydro back!
For perhaps the first time in Montana history, union workers at Colstrip are being furloughed for up to 90 days.
A settlement of air quality violations with PPL Montana will reduce sulfur dioxide pollution in the Billings area, Montana Department of Environmental Quality officials said Monday.
“It’s not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It’s the customer who pays the wages.” ― Henry Ford
Pennsylvania Power and Light’s announcement of the closure in 2015 of the Corette coal-fired power plant in Billings has fueled a preposterous blame game. The timing is glaringly obvious — just weeks before an election.
U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., helped Rep. Denny Rehberg campaign Monday, arguing that pollution rules on coal power plants would be softer with Rehberg in the Senate.
HELENA — In Montana’s hard-fought U.S. Senate race between Jon Tester and Denny Rehberg, the fate of a coal-fired power plant in Billings has become a flash point, with Rehberg blaming Tester and the Obama administration for the plant’s likely closure in 2015.
After PPL Montana announced a plan to mothball its J.E. Corette power plant in Billings, likely eliminating 35 jobs and dealing a blow to the local economy, some blamed federally subsidized wind power as the culprit.
COLSTRIP — Jason Small says a $70 million renovation of Unit 1 of the Colstrip Steam Electric Station translates into steady work for hundreds of people like him.