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NorthWestern abandons Colstrip bid

Utility blames state of Washington and Montana's Public Service Commission for insufficient support of the deal.

NorthWestern Energy said Thursday it is withdrawing a bid to purchase an expanded share in the Colstrip coal power plant from Washington-based Puget Sound Energy, blaming the Washington state government and the Montana Public Service Commission for failing to support the acquisition.

Covering coal’s tracks?

The National Coal Council is a ‘federally chartered industry association’ illegally operating in secret, according to a new lawsuit.

A federal coal advisory council that frequently advocates expanding coal production has illegally operated in secret during the Trump administration, according to a federal lawsuit filed last week in Great Falls by the Western Organization of Resource Councils.

Jim Jensen stepping down from MEIC

During 35 years as executive director of the Montana Environmental Information Center, Jensen fought — and won — some of the state's most contentious battles.

During 35 years as executive director of the Montana Environmental Information Center, Jim Jensen fought — and won — some of the state’s most contentious battles. Now he’s retiring.


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Six candidates vie for three Public Service Commission seats

Voters in districts around Missoula, Billings and Bozeman will have the chance this fall to select new leadership for the Montana Public Service Commission, the regulatory body at the center of the state’s energy politics, and an agency that has been rocked over the past year by a series of scandals.

Utility commission critiques NorthWestern power plan

Montana’s Public Service Commission issued formal comments June 30 on a long-term electricity supply plan developed by NorthWestern Energy, endorsing the company’s push to secure more generating capacity amid a wave of regional coal plant closures.

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