Montana Public Service Commission

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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Montana Politics
4:00 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

This Week In Montana Politics

PSC Vote, Common Core, Daines & RightNow Technologies, Curtis presents a jobs plan.

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PPL dam purchase
3:30 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Update: PSC Greenlights Utility's Plan To Purchase 11 Dams

The Montana Public Service Commission has approved Northwestern Energy's $870-million-dollar plan to buy eleven hydroelectric dams.

The dams included in the sale are on the Missouri, Madison, Clark Fork and Flathead rivers. They used to be owned by Montana Power Company, but PPL purchased them during the deregulation movement in the late 90's.

The commission voted 4 to 1 to approve the deal. Commissioner Travis Kavulla opposed the plan.

The typical Northwestern customer could see their electric rates rise by about $5-dollars a month to help pay for the sale.

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Politics Week In Review
4:16 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Montana Politics Week In Review

NorthWestern Energy Dam Buyback

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

NorthWestern Energy Dam Buyback

6/17/14: This week on "Home Ground Radio:" 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.  Should we buy them back? NorthWestern Energy's Bob Rowe and John Hines think so. 

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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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Public Service Commission
10:11 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Renewable energy advocates oppose PSC proposed rule change

Credit jabzoog/Flickr

Renewable energy advocates are blasting a new proposal from the Montana Public Service Commission.

The PSC is looking to change the rules for which small power production facilities qualify for certain standard rates.

Opponents say the change could significantly hinder expansion of renewable energy production.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce says supporters of the change say it would prevent cost increases for ratepayers.

    

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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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