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NorthWestern Responds To Consumer Advocate Criticisms Over Colstrip Buy-In Plan

Colstrip power plant
Kayla Desroches
Yellowstone Public Radio
Colstrip power plant

 NorthWestern Responds To Consumer Advocate Criticisms Over Colstrip Buy-In Plan

NorthWestern Energy has filed to buy an extra 25 percent of Colstrip Unit 4 from Washington State’s Puget Sound Energy for $1. The Montana Consumer Counsel criticized NorthWestern for the level of information disclosed in the public plan the utility filed with state regulators last month.

The counsel said the proposal lacks analysis on Unit 4 operating data, budgets, and maintenance needs. It stated that the application fails to meet the Public Service Commission's minimum filing requirements.

NorthWestern responded late last week and disagreed. It stated that the Montana Consumer Counsel’s criticisms are related to merit rather than completeness and that it’s provided all the necessary information.

The PSC is scheduled to address the purchase application at its regular business meeting Tuesday.

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Kayla Desroches reports for Yellowstone Public Radio in Billings. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and stayed in the city for college, where she hosted a radio show that featured serialized dramas like the Shadow and Suspense. In her pathway to full employment, she interned at WNYC in New York City and KTOO in Juneau, Alaska. She then spent a few years on the island of Kodiak, Alaska, where she transitioned from reporter to news director before moving to Montana.
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