Construction has begun on wind turbines for the Pryor Mountain Wind Project south of Bridger on Wednesday.
NorthWestern Energy’s plans to buy more of Colstrip are lacking details and should be sent back to the drawing board, according to a legal team representing Montana consumers.
Long before Puget Sound Energy considered selling its Colstrip interests, the Washington utility was floating the idea of just shutting the power plant down.
To replace Colstrip electricity, the company would buy 300 megawatts of wind energy in the next seven years.
The legitimacy of NorthWestern Energy’s 20-year energy plan, heavy on gas-fired power plants, is being questioned by analysts who say the utility ignored cheaper options for its Montana customers.
Some details are still in the works, but pumping water into the 54 injection wells could begin by next year, said Sara Edinberg, a hydrogeologist with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.
The world’s largest asset manager put CEOs of the companies in which it invests on notice that it expects annual reports on what’s being done to meet the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels.
Montana lawmakers have been assured twice that DEQ would have the funding, but DEQ came up short both times. Now they're skeptical DEQ will make good on this third promise.
Washington-based Puget Sound Energy, the oldest and largest owner of the four-unit power plant, wants out.
The Colstrip purchase is one of many planned by NorthWestern in the coming years, compelled by what NorthWestern Vice President John Hines described as looming energy shortage in the West brought about by retiring power plants.
The illegible phrases and graffiti tags are seen as blights to some and works of arts to others.
A Colstrip Power Plant owner has accelerated its exit plans by nearly a decade and has agreed to compensate the community.
With two of its four units shutting down this year, Colstrip Power Plant is still struggling to find cheap coal and retain employees, plant operator Talen Energy told lawmakers this week.
Plans to clean up toxic coal ash ponds at the Colstrip Power Plant remain unsettled, state regulators said July 23, but may solidify by year’s end.
In the end, the 2019 Legislature’s major Colstrip plan was a stalled solution that couldn’t catch a ride.
A bill seen as key to reviving efforts to “Save Colstrip” was narrowly advanced by House lawmakers Thursday after receiving crucial support from Democrats.
A Montana conservation group is urging the state to hold Colstrip power plant ash pond cleanup to the highest possible standard, a move it says would keep 218 workers employed for a decade.
The Republicans’ play to bail out Colstrip will cost each NorthWestern Energy customer at least $721 and may not work, according to Montana Public Service Commission analysts.
Plans are in the works to end the supply contract between Colstrip power plant and the coal mine that’s kept it firing for more than 40 years.
One Colstrip owner is being encouraged to cut the cord on its many coal-fired power plants and go with renewables, mostly for the price.