From the 66th Montana Legislature to the 2020 elections, it’s been a news-filled year.
The utility’s new 20-year energy plan catches the Public Service Commission in the crossfire.
Solar advocates have argued that Montana’s elected Public Service Commissioners, all Republicans, have created a hostile environment for solar development by setting rates too low for solar farms to be economically viable.
Public Service Commissioner Roger Koopman said he believes a judge overseeing a solar rate case likely “came to his ruling on the basis of bias.”
Public Service Commissioner guest columns critical of renewable energy create a due process violation in solar rate case, judge rules
A bill that would allow NorthWestern Energy to take control of the Colstrip power plant with scaled-back oversight of the Public Service Commission, is moving through the Legislature at lightning speed.
In yet another bizarre twist at the Montana Public Service Commission, Commissioner Travis Kavulla, a Republican, sided with Democrats Gail Gutsche and John Vincent to remove fellow Republican commissioner Bill Gallagher from the chairmanship. Kavulla then took over as chairman of the board that regulates the state’s utilities by a 3-2 vote.