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Western Area Power Administration

Yellowstone Valley co-op; Southern to part ways

After years of battling and more than a million dollars spent on legal fees, the Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative and its wholesale power supplier are parting ways.

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Have you heard: Panda Express opening Heights home

Pandas prefer to live in bamboo forests, which are hard to find in the Billings Heights.

November 18, 2012 12:05 amLoading…
Yellowstone Electric has thrived for 75 years by looking outside comfort zone

Yellowstone Electric has thrived for 75 years by looking outside comfort zone

"Change or die" is the mantra of modern business consultants.

October 14, 2012 12:10 am Photos

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Power line project repays $151M stimulus loan

GREAT FALLS — Calgary-based Enbridge has repaid a $151 million federal stimulus loan made by the Western Area Power Administration for construction of a high-voltage transmission line between Great Falls and Lethbridge, Alberta.

September 09, 2012 3:52 pmLoading…

Voltage line relocation postponed at Yellowtail Dam

A planned project to move high-voltage power lines at Yellowtail Dam has been postponed for two months

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COT students learn infrared technology

COT students learn infrared technology

Nick Rogers pointed a Fluke Ti10 infrared camera at a gas stove burner in the Montana State University Billings College of Technology cafeteria and quickly saw what the handheld device could do.

April 05, 2012 6:15 pm Photos

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Power purchases would allow electric co-ops to keep rates low

Power purchases would allow electric co-ops to keep rates low

If there is one sector that is over the top in support of the Keystone XL pipeline, it has to be small electric cooperatives.

February 05, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Energy inspector criticizes Montana-Alberta power line loan

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The Western Area Power Administration should stop approving loans for energy transmission projects until it determines how a Montana-to-Canada transmission line that received a $161 million loan became so far behind schedule and over budget that it was in danger of …

November 08, 2011 10:48 amLoading…

Tonbridge seeks to condemn 33 more properties

GREAT FALLS -- Tonbridge Power Inc. has filed condemnation complaints against 33 additional Montana landowners along the route of a stalled power line, bringing the total to at least 44 since state lawmakers gave the company the power of eminent domain this year.

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A tour of Fort Peck Dam: Engineering marvel holds back massive Missouri River

A tour of Fort Peck Dam: Engineering marvel holds back massive Missouri River

FORT PECK — Looming above the plain like a great grassy green berm, Fort Peck Dam has impounded more Missouri River water this spring than ever before — enough to cover all of Yellowstone National Park with 6 feet of water.

July 11, 2011 12:05 am Photos

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Tonbridge needs another $25M to build power line

HELENA - The Canadian company building a power line between north-central Montana and Alberta says it needs at least another $25 million to complete construction of the 230-kilovolt line.

June 23, 2011 1:30 pmLoading…

Rawlins will see jobs from TransWest project

RAWLINS — An official says the Rawlins area stands to gain 25 to 40 full-time jobs if the proposed 725-mile TransWest Express transmission line is built as planned.

March 13, 2011 4:58 pmLoading…

Power line hearings set

CASPER, Wyo. — The Bureau of Land Management and the Western Area Power Administration will host three open house meetings this week to gather public comment on the environmental impact of a transmission line that will stretch from Wyoming to Nevada.

March 07, 2011 11:00 pmLoading…

Meetings set on Wyoming, Utah 725-mile electric power line

SALT LAKE CITY — Meetings are planned during the next two weeks in Utah's Millard, Iron and Washington counties on a proposal to build a 725-mile electricity transmission line from Wyoming to southern Nevada.

February 14, 2011 11:53 amLoading…

Work begins on TransWest transmission line study

GREEN RIVER, Wyo. — Wyoming's world-class wind has spawned numerous wind energy projects in southwest Wyoming over the past few years.

January 05, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

Corps increases water releases through Fort Peck Dam for more power

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that releases from Fort Peck Dam were sharply increased Sunday to provide electricity to the upper Midwest as ice storms snapped major transmission power lines in North Dakota, South Dakota and Eastern Montana over the weekend.

January 25, 2010 4:20 pmLoading…

Globalism hits taxpayers again

Galloping globalism, Batman! The Western Area Power Administration (a federal power marketing agency) is negotiating with the Montana Alberta Tie transmission line owners (a Canadian company) to provide up to $161 million in "stimulus" money (American tax dollars) so Spanish-owned wind produ…

July 11, 2009 10:45 pmLoading…

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