Bill Gallagher

Public Service Commission
11:54 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Brad Johnson Decisively Wins Seat on PSC

Brad Johnson will join four other Republicans on the PSC.

Brad Johnson is set to write another chapter in his political biography.

The former Secretary of State cruised to victory in the District 5 race for the Public Services Commission. He will replace retiring Republican colleague Bill Gallagher.

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Public Service Commission
2:00 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Hydropower Deal Divides PSC Hopefuls Hollenbaugh, Johnson

Northwestern's plan to purchase 11 dams in Montana, including Black Eagle Dam, has split the PSC candidates.
Credit Northwestern Energy

Here’s a question that might help you choose between two rivals for a seat on the board that regulates Montana’s biggest power utility.

What’s your take on the Public Service Commission’s approval of NorthWestern Energy’s purchase of $870 million worth of hydropower dams?

The deal would add an extra $5 a month to ratepayers’ bills and is a key point of contention between former Montana Secretary of State Brad Johnson and a former legislator Galen Hollenbaugh.

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PPL Dam purchase
4:03 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

PSC To Vote On Northwestern Energy Dam Purchase Proposal

Rainbow dam
Credit Dan Boyce

The chairman of the agency that regulates Montana's public utilities says he supports Northwestern Energy's $870-million-dollar proposal to purchase 11 hydroelectric dams from PPL Montana.

The PSC board is scheduled to cast a vote on the purchase tomorrow.

Public Service Commission Chairman Bill Gallagher says there's … risk... associated with an acquisition of this size, but adds the potential benefits are substantial.  

Gallagher says not only would the purchase stabilize rates but bring diversity to power production in Montana:

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2014 Election
5:09 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Candidates announce bids for Gallagher’s Public Service Commission Seat

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.

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.

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Montana News
12:47 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Pakistani energy officials visit PSC

Hassan Mehmood, Director of Pakistan’s Ministry of Petroleum & NR questions Public Service Commissioners Tuesday
Dan Boyce

Montana Public Service Commissioners Bill Gallagher and Kirk Bushman hosted a discussion Tuesday with high-ranking officials from Pakistan’s energy sector.

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Montana News
12:13 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

What NorthWestern’s major infrastructure upgrade project means for utility rates

A worker contracted by NorthWestern Energy replaces underground electric cables in Helena
Credit Dan Boyce

 

NorthWestern Energy is rolling out the major phase of a seven-year, $375 million infrastructure upgrade project this year, and it has already led to an increase in some utility rates with more potentially on the way.

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