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Guest opinion: NWE dam plan will generate benefits for Montanans

September will be an historic month when our state’s regulatory body, the Public Service Commission, determines whether Montana’s hydro generating dams will pass from Pennsylvania Power and Light to NorthWestern Energy, and be dedicated to serve Montana customers at prices based on cost.

August 29, 2014 12:00 am(0)

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…

July 25, 2014 12:00 am(0)

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.

July 23, 2014 12:00 am(0)
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


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.

May 27, 2014 12:00 am(0)

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.

April 17, 2014 12:00 am(0)

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…

April 09, 2014 12:00 am(0)

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?

April 08, 2014 12:00 am(0)

Guest opinion: Cleaner electricity generators must replace coal

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.”

March 11, 2014 12:00 am(0)
PPL Montana agrees to install pollution monitors

PPL Montana agrees to install pollution monitors

HELENA — PPL Montana has agreed to install new pollution monitors at its Colstrip and Corette coal-fired plants.

February 14, 2014 4:15 pm(0)

Guest opinion: Stream access ruling bad precedent for landowners

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.

January 31, 2014 12:00 am(0)

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.

January 23, 2014 12:00 am(0)
Lawsuit dismissed after PPL releases plant data

Lawsuit dismissed after PPL releases plant data

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.

December 18, 2013 9:57 am(0)
Lawmakers look at NorthWestern Energy dam purchase

Lawmakers look at NorthWestern Energy dam purchase

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.

November 08, 2013 2:07 pm(0)

Guest opinion: Dam good plan: Hydro will diversify NWE energy portfolio

You’ve heard the news. At NorthWestern Energy, we’re bringing hydro back!

October 07, 2013 12:00 am(0)
Colstrip union workers furloughed

Colstrip union workers furloughed

For perhaps the first time in Montana history, union workers at Colstrip are being furloughed for up to 90 days.

August 26, 2013 8:30 pm(0)
DEQ, PPL settle air quality violations

DEQ, PPL settle air quality violations

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.

June 10, 2013 6:05 pm(13)

Guest opinion: Wind energy delivers good value for Montana customers

“It’s not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It’s the customer who pays the wages.” ― Henry Ford

November 10, 2012 12:05 am(16)

Guest opinion: GOP ignores market reality in spinning Corette story

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.

October 23, 2012 12:00 am(14)
Key Republican senator campaigns for Rehberg

Key Republican senator campaigns for Rehberg

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.

October 22, 2012 6:00 pm Photos


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