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Johnson and Hollenbaugh vie for PSC seat

Johnson and Hollenbaugh vie for PSC seat

HELENA — The race for Public Service Commission Chairman Bill Gallagher's seat on Nov. 4 pits a former secretary of state against a four-term state legislator.

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Hollenbaugh, Johnson tangle in only contested PSC race

Hollenbaugh, Johnson tangle in only contested PSC race

HELENA — Democrat Galen Hollenbaugh, running for the Public Service Commission in western Montana’s District 5, says it’s not easy to engage voters on the obscure race — but this year he’s finding a spark of interest.

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In PSC race, Hollenbaugh slams Johnson for fundraising help from energy interests

In PSC race, Hollenbaugh slams Johnson for fundraising help from energy interests

HELENA — Public Service Commission candidate Galen Hollenbaugh said Tuesday that a fundraiser for his Republican opponent, Brad Johnson, shows that Johnson is beholden to big-energy interests rather than energy consumers.

September 23, 2014 3:56 pm Photos

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City of Missoula lawyers: PSC 'chummy,' 'flirty' with Mountain Water officials

City of Missoula lawyers: PSC 'chummy,' 'flirty' with Mountain Water officials

The city of Missoula’s legal work in pursuit of its public drinking water system has shown that the Carlyle Group repeatedly misled the people of Missoula, according to attorneys from Boone Karlberg.

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PSC calls on court to strike city of Missoula's brief in Mountain Water rate case

PSC calls on court to strike city of Missoula's brief in Mountain Water rate case

MISSOULA — Missoula County District Court should strike the city of Missoula’s brief in a petition to review a recent rate case because the document is full of “immaterial, impertinent, (and) scandalous” information, according to the Montana Public Service Commission.

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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.

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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: 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.

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City of Missoula alleges illegal talks between PSC, Carlyle Group over Mountain Water

MISSOULA — The city of Missoula is alleging the Montana Public Service Commission held “unlawful ex parte communications” with Mountain Water Co. and The Carlyle Group, according to a brief it filed last week in Missoula County District Court.

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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.”

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NorthWestern dam plan gets scrutiny at PSC hearing

NorthWestern dam plan gets scrutiny at PSC hearing

HELENA — NorthWestern Energy’s proposal to pay $900 million for 11 hydroelectric dams — and charge the cost to its Montana ratepayers — goes under the microscope this week, as state regulators kick off a weeklong hearing on the plan.

July 06, 2014 12:15 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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