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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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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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Disclosure of utility executive salaries back before PSC, as part of Missoula water battle

HELENA — In its fight to take over the private water utility serving Missoula, the city is pushing for public disclosure of what the utility pays some of its top executives, saying it’s an excessive cost Missoula water users shouldn’t have to pay.

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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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Montana utility regulators drop plan to hire constitutional consultant

HELENA — Montana utility regulators dropped a proposal Tuesday to spend $3,000 to hire a former University of Montana law professor known for his conservative views to point out any constitutional problems with proposed federal regulations to reduce carbon dioxide pollution from power plants.

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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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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.

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Walsh faces first test in keeping U.S. Senate seat

Walsh faces first test in keeping U.S. Senate seat

HELENA — U.S. Sen. John Walsh faces his first test in keeping the seat he was appointed to four months ago in Tuesday's primary, with the Republican challenger — widely expected to be U.S. Rep. Steve Daines — waiting in the wings for November's election.

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Expected carbon limits cause concern in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. — Anxiety reigns in Wyoming, America's top coal-producing state, ahead of President Barack Obama's expected new carbon dioxide limits for coal-fired power plants.

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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: 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?

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FERC: PSC rules hinder independent power projects

HELENA — In a strongly worded ruling, a federal commission Thursday said Montana Public Service Commission rules are improperly hindering small, renewable-power projects in the state.

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Johnson, Hollenbaugh officially round out PSC District 5 field

Johnson, Hollenbaugh officially round out PSC District 5 field

HELENA — Democrat Galen Hollenbaugh and Republican Brad Johnson filed Tuesday to run for the state Public Service Commission in northwest Montana’s District 5, rounding out the field in what is now a three-person race for the open seat.

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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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Guest opinion: Obama policies stifle coal tech development

President Barack Obama got one thing right in his State of the Union address: What our country needs most is to create new, high-wage jobs. We know something about that in Montana, with tremendous job growth in our energy sector the last few years. And with our country’s massive, untapped co…

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PSC asks NW Energy for more info to evaluate proposed $900M dam purchase

HELENA – The Montana Public Service Commission on Monday said NorthWestern Energy must produce more data to help regulators evaluate whether the utility’s proposed $900 million purchase of 11 hydroelectric dams in Montana is a good deal for its electric customers.

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Former GOP Secretary of State Johnson to run for PSC

Former GOP Secretary of State Johnson to run for PSC

HELENA – Republican Brad Johnson, a former Montana secretary of state, said Wednesday he’s running for the state Public Service Commission in western Montana’s District 5, setting up a GOP primary contest for the seat.

January 29, 2014 4:18 pm

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