PPL Montana http://mtpr.org en 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 Montana tribe to be first to own a major dam http://mtpr.org/post/montana-tribe-be-first-own-major-dam <p>$18.3 million dollars - that's the price an arbitration panel has set for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes to buy Kerr Dam near Polson from PPL Montana. It's a price close to what the tribes think is fair, and well below what PPL was asking.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The panel's decision paves the way for the Salish and Kootenai to become the first tribe in the country to own a major hydroelectric facility. Brian Lipscomb is CEO of Energy Keepers - the tribal corporation involved in the dam negotiation and eventual operation.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:31:41 +0000 Sally Mauk 15879 at http://mtpr.org Montana tribe to be first to own a major dam 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 The new technology of the Rainbow Dam near Great Falls http://mtpr.org/post/new-technology-rainbow-dam-near-great-falls <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">PPL Montana is now operating a completely renovated Rainbow Dam, just a few miles northeast of Great Falls.</span></p><p>The $230 million project marks the biggest investment in energy generation in the state since the Colstrip coal-fired power plant was built about 30 years ago.</p><p>PPL Montana Director of External Affairs David Hoffman said the new power house generates almost twice as much electricity as the old one. It’s enough to power about 45-thousand homes.</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 16:11:05 +0000 Dan Boyce 6253 at http://mtpr.org The new technology of the Rainbow Dam near Great Falls