Energy

Guest view the return of the copper collar - Montana Standard

Unfortunately, this is just one more chapter in the long, sad saga about politics, power, and greed in Montana. In the 1970s the fight over permits and construction of Colstrip Units 3 and 4 was a long and bitter battle. Though the utility companies won in the end, the public concern and opposition resulted in passage of the Major Facilities Siting Act, the Coal Severance Tax, and the Coal Tax Trust. . .
— Ken Toole, Montana Standard

THE RETURN OF MONTANA’S COPPER COLLAR - The Daily Interlake

Mark Twain is credited with saying, “History does not repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” And so it is with SB 331, which is winding its way through the Legislature. This bill authorizes NorthWestern Energy to buy more interest in old coal plants and automatically pass the costs, plus profit margin, onto their customers without review by the Public Service Commission. It also puts ratepayers on the hook for more of the decommissioning and cleanup costs in the future.
— Ken Toole, The Daily Interlake