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NorthWestern pitches utility regulators on ‘reliability rider’

NorthWestern Energy is asking for a “reliability rider” that it describes as a “more efficient regulatory alternative” to a rate case process. It says other states have implemented similar cost-recovery mechanisms and describes it as part of the company’s effort to secure “reliable, safe energy service” for its customers. Critics of the proposal say the…

Environmental groups sue DEQ over coal mine expansion

In their July 26 lawsuit, the Montana Environmental Information Center and the Sierra Club argue that Westmoreland Rosebud Mining, LLC’s proposal to expand Rosebud Mine into the headwaters of Lee Coulee would exacerbate climate change impacts ranging from shrinking snowpacks and increasing wildfire activity to crop losses, forest die-offs and wildfire smoke-induced air quality declines.…

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NorthWestern Energy pulls preapproval application for natural gas plant

NorthWestern Energy, the South Dakota-based utility company that supplies power to approximately two-thirds of Montana’s residents, has decided to withdraw its application for PSC preapproval of a new natural gas plant in Laurel. The company will now build the plant on an accelerated timeline and seek to recoup its costs through the normal ratemaking process.

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Oil groups sue Biden over leasing pause

Eleven industry trade groups including the Montana Petroleum Association and the American Petroleum Institute filed a lawsuit this week challenging the Biden administration’s moratorium on oil and natural gas leasing on federal lands.

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What we’re looking forward to in week 17 of the Montana Legislature: last-minute legislation and maneuvering.


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