NorthWestern Energy http://mtpr.org en Northwestern Energy Says Dams Purchase Is Best For The Long-term http://mtpr.org/post/northwestern-energy-says-dams-purchase-best-long-term <p>The Montana Public Service Commission earlier this month held two weeks of hearings on Northwestern Energy's proposal to pay $870-million-dollars to purchase a dozen hydroelectric dams.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:04:20 +0000 Edward O'Brien 22625 at http://mtpr.org Northwestern Energy Says Dams Purchase Is Best For The Long-term Montana Politics Week In Review http://mtpr.org/post/montana-politics-week-review <p></p><p><strong>NorthWestern Energy Dam Buyback</strong></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:16:02 +0000 Josh Burnham 22176 at http://mtpr.org Montana Politics Week In Review NorthWestern Energy Dam Buyback http://mtpr.org/post/northwestern-energy-dam-buyback <p></p><p>6/17/14: This week on "<a href="http://www.homegroundradio.org/" target="_blank">Home Ground Radio</a>:" If second chances are rare, it's even rarer to have a chance to buy back something valuable that you sold. Montana's electricity-generating dams are for sale.&nbsp; Should we buy them back? NorthWestern Energy's <a href="http://www.northwesternenergy.com/our-company/about-us/leadership" target="_blank">Bob Rowe</a> and John Hines think so.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 20494 at http://mtpr.org NorthWestern Energy Dam Buyback Solar power installations continue dropping in price, pay off in under ten years in MT http://mtpr.org/post/solar-power-installations-continue-dropping-price-pay-under-ten-years-mt <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The price of solar panels continues to drop, making them a more reasonable option for households.</span></p><p>Montanans are taking notice; solar adoption rates have been rising in the last five years.</p><p>A solar project just switched on in January at Helena’s River Rock Residences, a low-income senior housing complex operated by the nonprofit Rocky Mountain Development Corporation.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 23:54:20 +0000 Dan Boyce 16774 at http://mtpr.org Solar power installations continue dropping in price, pay off in under ten years in MT Northwestern Energy CEO says dams purchase ultimately good for consumers http://mtpr.org/post/northwestern-energy-ceo-says-dams-purchase-ultimately-good-consumers <p>Northwestern Energy announced last fall it wants to purchase eleven hydroelectric dams from PPL Montana.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It's now in the process of proving to regulators that the $900-million-dollar deal is in the best interest of consumers.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Northwestern is the state's largest electricity provider.</p><p> C.E.O Bob Rowe was in Missoula today and stopped by Montana Public Radio's studio to talk with Edward O'Brien about the deal.</p><p></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:21:08 +0000 Edward O'Brien 14384 at http://mtpr.org Northwestern Energy CEO says dams purchase ultimately good for consumers Candidates announce bids for Gallagher’s Public Service Commission Seat http://mtpr.org/post/candidates-announce-bids-gallagher-s-public-service-commission-seat <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At least two candidates have already stepped forward saying they intend to run for the Public Service Commission seat being vacated by Chairman Bill Gallagher at the end of the year.</span></p><p>Gallagher announced this week he would not be seeking re-election to the seat he has held for the last three years after learning pancreatic cancer he had been diagnosed with last Summer had spread to his liver.</p> Sat, 04 Jan 2014 00:09:32 +0000 Dan Boyce 13229 at http://mtpr.org NorthWestern details PPL Dam purchase proposal to lawmakers http://mtpr.org/post/northwestern-details-ppl-dam-purchase-proposal-lawmakers <p>NorthWestern Energy continues to work on plans to purchase 11 hydroelectric dams from PPL Montana.</p><p>The approximately $900 million dollar deal will have to be approved by the state Public Service Commission.</p><p>Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce says&nbsp;NorthWestern updated members of the Montana Legislature on their plans.</p><p></p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 23:05:21 +0000 Dan Boyce 10866 at http://mtpr.org Renewable energy advocates oppose PSC proposed rule change http://mtpr.org/post/renewable-energy-advocates-oppose-psc-proposed-rule-change <p></p><p>Renewable energy advocates are blasting a new proposal from the Montana Public Service Commission.</p><p>The PSC is looking to change the rules for which small power production facilities qualify for certain standard rates.</p><p>Opponents say the change could significantly hinder expansion of renewable energy production.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce says supporters of the change say it would prevent cost increases for ratepayers.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 16:11:03 +0000 Dan Boyce 4429 at http://mtpr.org Renewable energy advocates oppose PSC proposed rule change