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Public comment sought on NWE dam purchase proposal

I'm writing to thank the public and the press for following the Public Service Commission's nine-day hearing on NorthWestern Energy's proposed acquisition of a dozen dams.

August 03, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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 amLoading…

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

PSC approves slight increase for MDU natural gas customers

HELENA – State regulators have approved a slight increase for Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.’s 80,000 natural gas customers in Eastern Montana, including Billings.

December 16, 2013 5:10 pmLoading…

Commissioners approve MDU gas rate increase

Montana's Public Service Commission has approved a rate increase for natural gas used by customers of Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.

December 13, 2013 12:39 pmLoading…

NWE to rebate electric customers $3 million for overstated revenue loss

HELENA — NorthWestern Energy will rebate nearly $3 million to its Montana electric customers, a sum that state regulators said NorthWestern had over-collected to cover losses from energy conservation programs.

November 29, 2013 5:00 pmLoading…

PSC finalizes rule restricting contracts for small power projects – and denies delay request

HELENA — A rule making it harder for small, renewable-power projects to get contracts to sell to electricity to NorthWestern Energy will take effect in two weeks — after the Public Service Commission Tuesday declined a request to delay it.

October 29, 2013 5:48 pmLoading…

PSC agrees to seek consultant to evaluate NWE plan to buy dams

HELENA — The state Public Service Commission on Tuesday decided to shop for consultants to help it evaluate whether NorthWestern Energy’s planned $900 million purchase of 11 hydroelectric dams in Montana is a good deal for the utility’s customers.

October 29, 2013 1:14 pmLoading…

PSC denies NW Energy claims for lost revenue from conservation efforts

HELENA – The state Public Service Commission says NorthWestern Energy has overstated how much revenue it loses from energy-conservation programs – and therefore ratepayers shouldn’t reimburse the company for that amount.

October 23, 2013 4:46 pmLoading…

Beartooth Electric offers updates on bankruptcy, options during annual meeting

RED LODGE — Roxie Melton, chair of the Beartooth Electric Cooperative’s board, would like nothing better than to have the Red Lodge-based electric cooperative out of the headlines.

September 28, 2013 5:19 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

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PSC allowing NWE to charge customers for costs of Colstrip replacement power

PSC allowing NWE to charge customers for costs of Colstrip replacement power

HELENA – As a Colstrip power plant is out of service for several months, NorthWestern Energy is buying replacement power to serve its 300,000-plus electric customers in Montana – and passing any additional cost on to ratepayers.

August 27, 2013 5:47 pm Related Loading…

PSC won’t repeal rule requiring utilities to reveal top exec salaries – yet

HELENA — The state Public Service Commission on Tuesday backed away from repealing a 2010 rule that says top executive salaries at regulated gas, electric, telephone and water utilities in Montana are public information.

August 27, 2013 4:56 pmLoading…

PSC backs off rule on executive pay disclosure

HELENA — The state's Public Service Commission decided Tuesday to back off a proposal that would have allowed utilities to keep the salaries of their top three executives private.

August 27, 2013 3:43 pmLoading…

PSC considers repealing rule requiring disclosure of utility execs’ pay

HELENA – A 2 1/2-year-old state rule says regulated utilities – water, telephone, electric and gas companies – must publicly disclose what they pay their three highest-paid executives.

April 22, 2013 4:59 pmLoading…
NorthWestern works to clamp down on independent, renewable power projects

NorthWestern works to clamp down on independent, renewable power projects

HELENA – NorthWestern Energy, the state’s largest electric utility, is attempting to use the courts, the Legislature and state regulators to severely restrict any new power it must buy from small, independent wind power projects in Montana.

April 07, 2013 8:30 am Photos

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PSC grants $13M interim rate increase for NorthWestern gas customers

PSC grants $13M interim rate increase for NorthWestern gas customers

HELENA — The state Public Service Commission has granted a $13.2 million temporary increase in natural gas rates for NorthWestern Energy, a 5.4 percent increase for its residential customers in Montana.

March 20, 2013 5:58 pm Photos

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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.

March 20, 2013 12:05 amLoading…
House OKs bill limiting utility contracts for small-power producers

House OKs bill limiting utility contracts for small-power producers

HELENA — The Montana House on Tuesday endorsed a bill that would restrict the size of small, independent power projects that can get special contracts with electric utilities like NorthWestern Energy.

January 29, 2013 6:19 pm Photos

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Proposed legislation would remove PSC authority over taxi companies

MISSOULA — Taxi companies won’t answer to the Montana Public Service Commission if a bill being drafted in Helena ends up on the books.

January 13, 2013 10:18 pmLoading…

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