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Puget Sound Energy signs deal to buy wind power from Montana farm

Seattle Times: Puget Sound Energy, Washington’s largest private utility, has signed a 20-year contract to purchase wind power in Southeast Montana as part of a major shift away from coal- and gas-generated electricity. PSE will buy 350 megawatts of power, enough electricity for about 140,000 homes, from NextEra Energy Resources, which is building the Clearwater […]

June 3, 2021 Read More →

Colstrip co-owners file suit to block Montana law extending plant life

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): A day after Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signed into law two bills seeking to extend the life of the Colstrip power plant, one of the last remaining coal-fired generating stations in the Northwest, four of the facility’s owners opposed to the legislation fired back with a lawsuit against two owners […]

May 7, 2021 Read More →

Washington state charts path for 2025 coal-free electricity, 2030 carbon-neutral electricity

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): After 18 months of workshops, hearings and document revisions, the Washington State Department of Commerce and the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission adopted rules to require investor-owned and publicly owned electric utilities to supply power to their customers from sources that do not emit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas […]

January 11, 2021 Read More →

NextEra moving forward with Montana’s largest wind farm near Colstrip coal plant

Billings Gazette: Construction of what’s expected to be Montana’s largest wind farm will begin in 2021 just beyond the shadow the coal-fired Colstrip Power Plant. NextEra Energy Resources will plug into the grid at Colstrip substation, to target markets in the Pacific Northwest. Its Clearwater Wind project, with a 750-megawatts capacity, will be three times […]

January 5, 2021 Read More →

Two units at Montana’s Colstrip coal plant to be retired this weekend

Associated Press: One of the largest coal-fired power plants in the western U.S. will close two of its four units by Saturday as the Montana facility edges toward an eventual total shutdown. Colstrip Units 1 and 2 – built in the 1970s when massive strip mines were being developed across Montana and Wyoming – will […]

January 3, 2020 Read More →

Montana’s largest utility to boost stake in Colstrip coal plant

Billings Gazette: NorthWestern Energy plans to increase its share in Colstrip Unit 4 by buying out another power plant owner who recently revealed the coal-fired unit needs $20 million in repairs. Montana’s largest monopoly utility said Tuesday that it will buy out Puget Sound Energy for $1. The price is identical to what NorthWestern pitched […]

December 11, 2019 Read More →

Colstrip’s new coal supply contract likely to raise price of plant’s electricity generation

Billings Gazette: Colstrip Power Plant will continue receiving coal from Rosebud Mine under a six-year contract signed by all but one of the plant’s owners this wee The contract, five years in the making, was signed with just weeks left on the coal arrangement between the mine and the power plant. The terms assure the […]

December 6, 2019 Read More →

Talen to close two units at Colstrip by end of 2019

Associated Press: The company that operates a coal-fired power plant in eastern Montana said Tuesday it will close two of the plant’s four units about 30 months ahead of schedule because of the high cost of running them and the unwillingness of its coal supplier to lower prices. Talen Montana said in a statement the […]

June 12, 2019 Read More →

New Washington law requires state’s utilities to quit coal by 2025

The Seattle Times: Gov. Jay Inslee signed a package of bills Tuesday to combat climate change headlined by legislation to rid Washington’s electric grid of fossil-fuel-generated power by 2045, a move that makes the state a leader in the national clean-power movement. Other parts of the green agenda now embedded in state law create new […]

May 9, 2019 Read More →

Montana’s Colstrip bailout bill defeated, for now

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): A bill meant to save the Colstrip power plant in Montana is dead for now, but NorthWestern Corp. hopes lawmakers will revive the idea in other legislation before the session ends May 1. The bill was one of the most controversial pieces of legislation in this year’s session. Republican state […]

April 18, 2019 Read More →