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Johnson stakes out lead in race for PSC District 5

Johnson stakes out lead in race for PSC District 5

HELENA — Former Montana Secretary of State Brad Johnson led late Tuesday night in the three-way Republican primary for northwestern Montana’s Public Service Commission District 5, winning with just under 50 percent of the vote.

June 03, 2014 10:30 pm Related Loading…

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.

March 24, 2014 3:01 pmLoading…

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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PSC consultant says NWE needs to show details of dam purchase

HELENA – A consultant hired by state utility regulators says NorthWestern Energy needs to provide more detailed information to show that buying 11 hydroelectric dams in Montana is a good deal for consumers.

January 27, 2014 8:54 pm

PSC Chair Gallagher, citing battle with cancer, says he won’t run for re-election this year

HELENA -- Public Service Commissioner Bill Gallagher, who underwent surgery last summer for pancreatic cancer, said Wednesday he won’t run for re-election this year because of his ongoing battle with the disease.

January 01, 2014 5:23 pm
Bill Gallagher won't seek re-election to PSC

Bill Gallagher won't seek re-election to PSC

KALISPELL — Montana Public Service Commissioner Bill Gallagher says he is not seeking re-election after the pancreatic cancer he was diagnosed with in June spread to his liver.

January 01, 2014 12:25 pmLoading…
PSC to revise rule requiring utility executive pay disclosure

PSC to revise rule requiring utility executive pay disclosure

HELENA — The Public Service Commission decided Thursday to move forward with plans to change its rule requiring disclosure of salaries for top utility executives.

September 06, 2013 7:30 am Photos



Guest opinion: Tell PSC: No secrets on utility exec salaries

Every Montanan knows the experience of opening the utility bill and wondering how the rates were decided. Paying those bills is a challenge for many Montana families.

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Regulator may drop executive pay disclosure rule

Regulator may drop executive pay disclosure rule

HELENA — The Montana Public Service Commission is considering repealing a requirement that the regulatory agency disclose how much utilities pay their top three executives, an unpopular rule among companies that say it violates their employees' privacy rights.

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Guest opinion: Valuable experience gained in diverse career

Guest opinion: Valuable experience gained in diverse career

As a candidate for the office of Public Service Commission, I have been asked: “What experience do you have that qualifies you to make complex case decisions for Montana consumers and utility businesses?”

May 05, 2012 12:05 amLoading…
Kirk Bushman runs for PSC

Kirk Bushman runs for PSC

Kirk Bushman, of Billings, a former Yellowstone Republican chairman and U.S. Senate candidate, is running for the Public Service Commission’s southeastern Montana seat.

February 10, 2012 7:30 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Look at what PSC has accomplished recently

As elected members of the Montana Public Service Commission, the state agency that regulates utilities, telecommunications and transportation, we appreciate recent media attention focusing on the importance of PSC decisions in the lives of most, if not all, Montanans. The work we do regulati…

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Guest opinion: PSC work completed from Gallatin Gateway

I’d like to add a little to Mike Dennison’s Nov. 27 story in The Gazette on the attendance of Montana Public Service commissioners.

December 01, 2011 12:05 amLoading…

PSC votes to enforce secrecy on wind-project pricing information

HELENA — As part of an ongoing case on whether to approve a utility’s decision to buy a new wind-power project, the state Public Service Commission on Thursday voted to withhold from the public the price and cost information on two wind-power projects that weren’t chosen.

July 07, 2011 4:13 pmLoading…

Changes for NWE include tiered rates, decoupling

HELENA — State utility regulators Tuesday approved sweeping rate changes for NorthWestern Energy's electric and gas customers, including new "tiered" electric rates for homeowners and other mechanisms meant to encourage conservation.

December 07, 2010 5:48 pmLoading…

Rep. French withdraws from PSC race; files for Legislature

HELENA — Democratic state Rep. Julie French of Scobey has withdrawn as a candidate for the Public Service Commission’s northern Montana district and instead filed to run for re-election to her northeastern Montana House seat.

March 12, 2010 2:54 pmLoading…

PSC looks at rules for salary disclosure

HELENA - The state Public Service Commission said Tuesday that it's still interested in divulging the salaries of top executives at regulated utilities but is taking a new path toward that goal.

June 17, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Letter: Tussing barking up wrong tree on Billings Brownout

It seems to me that Ron Tussing would avoid ethics issues like the plague. Yet he tries to discredit Brad Molnar's conservation event, the Billings brownout, and has made something that Billings residents are proud of into a political complaint.

July 14, 2008 11:00 pmLoading…

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