Northwestern Energy To Begin Construction On Laurel Power Plant Ahead Of Schedule

NorthWestern Energy informed the Public Service Commission Tuesday it is withdrawing its request for regulatory preapproval to build a new natural gas-fired power plant in Laurel. It will get construction started saying in a press release in order to accelerate the commercial operation date of the Laurel Generating Station and to take full advantage of…

Missoula District Judge Denies Motion From NorthWestern For Lawsuit

A lawsuit challenging the state’s pre-approval statute can proceed following Missoula District Court Judge Jason Marks’ ruling denying NorthWestern Energy’s motion filed with support from Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen and the Montana Public Service Commission to dismiss the lawsuit. At issue is the constitutionality of the state’s pre-approval statute, which allows a utility company…

PSC Commissioner O’Donnell Exploring Options For Repurposing Colstrip Coal

Senate Bill 224 passed a preliminary vote in the House Wednesday which would substantially hike maximum contributions from individuals and political committees to candidates for legislative and statewide offices. It would eliminate limits on some campaign contributions and raise the threshold for which a contribution must be reported to state Commissioner of Political Practices. What…