NorthWestern Energy filed details with the Montana Public Service Commission this week about new power resources including consumer costs of a proposed gas-fired power plant in Laurel. NorthWestern says the facility would add nearly $80 a year to the average residential power bill. The 7.6% increase equals about $6.64 per month for a residential customer consuming 750 kWh per month. Witnesses for the state’s largest monopoly utility which has roughly 380,000 metered customers indicate that the plant would be in service for 33 years.
Senator Jon Tester held a press call Thursday on the introduction of a bipartisan bill to boost funding for critical law enforcement programs. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton.