NorthWestern Energy Loses the Rate Case!
WIn a powerful victory for grassroots organizing, for Montanan’s residential solar industry, and our fragile planet, the PSC unanimously ruled against NWE’s request for an unfair fee on net metered customers that would have killed the industry here in this state.
We in YBCC are thrilled that residential solar will continue to be part of the “energy democracy’ we work for Kudos to everyone who sent a postcard, made a call, or spoke at a listening session. And special thanks to YBCC Co-Chair Ken Decker who testified the day of the decision.
PSC Commissioned Study Looks Bad for NWE
Our Public Service Commission asked Synergy Energy Economics to study NWE’s 20 year plan for purchasing energy, and their report is openly critical, detailing how the plan bypasses more affordable energy alternatives in favor of a “business as usual” reliance on outdated 20th century gas fired plants. Here’s a link to the article:
NWE Pitches Another Bad Plan – 12.5% Ownership of Colstrip 4
NWE has asked for PSC pre-approval to buy a 25% share of Colstrip 4 for $.50 Sound fishy? It is, because WE will pay for years; $28.9 million (increasing yearly) to operate, $20 million for a major fix to the boiler, & clean-up costs of at least $700 million when the plant is decommissioned – partial list!
Utilities across our country are moving to greener & more affordable renewable energy, efficiency, and battery storage at a growing pace, while NorthWestern is moving backwards. Meanwhile, we the customers are missing out on the great benefits of cheaper and cleaner energy.
Ratepayer Rebellion: Using the Power of Our Voices
NorthWestern Energy’s plan for the next 20-years includes new fracked gas plants and no significant renewable energy advances. About 75 people gathered in Helena for the Ratepayer Rebellion on Monday, December 9, to tell NorthWestern and the Public Service Commission about the clean energy future they want to see.
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