December 17, 2019 VOM Podcast

NorthWestern Energy’s Proposal Keeps the Lights Shining On Colstrip and Montana Coal

(40 minutes) Montana’s coal industry has had its share of recent setbacks, but a new proposal by NorthWestern Energy could help turn that tide a bit.

Listen to the podcast to hear John Hines, VP of Supply, discuss how the proposal would likely have no impact on rate-payers while significantly reducing NorthWestern Energy’s peak demand reliance on the expensive open market. Combined with a new 6-year agreement to purchase coal from the nearby Rosebud mine, the deal sets the stage to possibly extend the operation of Colstrip’s electric generation facility and gives Montana’s coal industry a needed shot in the arm.