Montana Consumer Counsel

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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4:16 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

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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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