Montana Public Service Commission

Mountain Water Company, Missoula, MT.
Cheri Trusler

Montana’s Public Service Commission is suing the private company that supplies Missoula’s drinking water. The Commission says utilities can’t be sold without the regulatory authority’s approval.

Brad Johnson, former Montana secretary of state, current chair of the state Public Service Commission.
Josh Burnham

Brad Johnson, the current chairman of the state Public Service Commission, is dropping out of the 2016 race for governor.

Train near Essex, MT.
Flickr User Roy Luck (CC-BY-2.0)

A legislative audit released last year had Montana’s Public Service Commission examining today whether it should be responsible for railroad safety in the state.

Mountain Water Company, Missoula, MT.
Cheri Trusler

A state judge today re-opened a case contesting whether state regulators have jurisdiction in the sale of the water system that serves the city of Missoula.

Mountain Water Company.
Cherie Trusler

The owner of the water system that serves the city of Missoula has sold it to another company without the approval of the state Public Service Commission. This despite a court ruling that gives the city the right to buy the utility for a little under $90 million.

This Uber car has been seen around Missoula since this fall.
Josh Burnham

Uber, the booming ride-sharing platform that allows just about anyone to turn their car into a taxi business, is now legal in Montana.

Public Service Commission spokesperson Eric Sell says Uber’s October 20 application for a license to operate in Montana was granted in a four to one vote by the Commissioners.

CenturyLink building in Butte.
Eric Whitney

CenturyLink updated state regulators today on their work plan to improve phone and internet service in areas that had prompted a lawsuit.

In August, Montana’s Public Service Commission agreed to drop a lawsuit against CenturyLink after the company agreed to fix chronic phone service problems around Wibaux and Wolf Creek.

NorthWestern Energy officials say they won't appeal a big increase in the company's Montana property taxes after last year's $900 million purchase of 11 hydroelectric dams.

Instead, the company's customers will pay for most of the nearly $23 million tax hike.

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A startup that wants to build a 25 megawatt wind farm near Greycliff in Sweet Grass County claims it’s been frustrated at every turn by resistance from NorthWestern Energy and the state’s all-Republican Public Service Commission.

Veteran Democratic lawmaker Pat Noonan has entered the race for a seat on the state’s currently all-Republican Public Service Commission, the board that oversees Montana’s utility and transportation companies.

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