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UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 7:13 p.m.

Colstrip power generating station shut down to address unsafe pollution issues, scheduled maintenance

Colstrip power plant, one of the largest electricity generators in the northwestern United States, has been shut down for at least a month because of air pollution problems.


Montana regulators give approval to Avista sale

Montana regulators have approved the sale of Avista Corp. to a Canadian utility. Several states must give their approval to the sale.


Avista’s Idaho customers to get rate credits from tax reform

Avista’s Idaho customers could see about $7 in savings on their utility bills from federal tax reform. The utility has asked Idaho regulators to approve decreases in electric and natural …


UPDATED: Tue., May 8, 2018, 5:22 p.m.

Avista needs more detail on Colstrip, carbon costs in its energy plan, regulators say

Avista Corp. and Washington’s other investor-owned utilities should reconsider their reliance on coal-fired electricity, state regulators say.


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 11:32 a.m.

Washington regulators receive proposed terms for Avista’s sale to Canadian utility

The sale of Avista Corp. to a Canadian utility cleared a major hurdle Tuesday, when the parties outlined conditions in a proposed agreement with Washington regulators.


Matt Nykiel, Cesia Kearns and Anne Hedges: The right thing to do with the tax windfall: Help Colstrip

Electric utilities are about to get a big corporate payout from the new tax law passed by Congress. Instead of enriching executives and shareholders, power companies should use that money …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017, 5:50 p.m.

Hearing set on Avista’s 20-year electric plan; Montana coal-fired plant part of proposal

Avista’s partial ownership in a coal-fired electric plant in Eastern Montana is likely to draw testimony at a Wednesday hearing in Spokane Valley. Utility customers can weigh in on Avista’s …


Settlement sets aside $10M for Colstrip community

Puget Sound Energy, the largest owner of the Colstrip power plant in Montana, says it will be able to pay down its debts from two newer units there by 2027, …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 5:04 p.m.

Operator of Montana’s Colstrip coal plant will continue to run it

The operator of one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the Western U.S. plans to keep running the 2,100-megawatt plant, a spokesman said Wednesday, in an abrupt reversal from …


Power plant operator reverses course, says it’s staying

The operator of one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the Western U.S. says it intends to keep running the 2,100-megawatt plant after declaring last year that a new …


Matt Nykiel: Do Avista customers face Colstrip risk?

Avista owes it to its customers to recognize the reality of the Western energy markets and start a real conversation about how to transition off coal and to cheaper, cleaner …


Colstrip gets $4.6 million in federal aid to retrain workers

The U.S. government has awarded $4.6 million to the state of Montana to help retrain hundreds of coal workers who will soon be out of jobs because of a partial …


Avista’s ownership in a Montana coal plant is under scrutiny in Ontario, which has banned coal-fired electricity

With Avista Corp. poised to be acquired by Hydro One of Ontario in a $5.3 billion sale next year, the Spokane-based utility’s partial ownership in a Montana coal plant has …


Body found at bottom of mine pit in southeastern Montana

An investigation is underway after a man’s body was found at the bottom of a mine pit in southeastern Montana.


UPDATED: Sun., May 7, 2017, 9:45 p.m.

Man killed when truck falls into pit at Montana coal mine

Authorities say a worker at a southeastern Montana coal mine died after a truck he was driving fell 100 feet into a pit.


Colstrip cleanup measure runs into opposition

Environmentalists are lining up with the owners of Montana’s Colstrip plant against a bill that would set cleanup guidelines ahead of the plant’s anticipated partial shutdown. The bill’s Republican sponsor, …


Riverstone completes $1.8 billion buyout of Talen Energy, co-owner of Montana’s Costrip power plant

Riverstone Holdings LLC has completed its $1.8 billion purchase of Talen Energy Corp., the Pennsylvania company that is the operator and co-owner of Montana’s Colstrip power plant.


Panel sends Colstrip closure bills to Montana Legislature

Montana lawmakers advanced a bill package Friday that aims to blunt the economic impact of a coal-fired power plant’s planned partial closure by levying millions of dollars in fees and …


Montana city seeks to limit water use to help coal plant

Residents of an eastern Montana city are being asked to limit their water use so one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the western U.S. can continue to safely …


Montana lawmakers craft measures to deal with plant closure

If some Montana lawmakers have their way, shutting down two of the Colstrip power plant’s four coal-fired units won’t be cheap for the plant’s owners.


Colstrip coal plant in Montana to close 2 units

BILLINGS – A large Montana coal plant serving utility customers across the Pacific Northwest has agreed to shut down two of its four units by 2022 under a settlement announced …


Montana’s Colstrip power plant needs new operator by May 2018

Owners of a coal-fired power plant in Montana say the company that keeps it running wants out within two years.


Colstrip plant’s fate discussed by Montana governor, executives

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock convened a meeting at the state Capitol Wednesday with three Colstrip executives, as the debate over the coal-fired power plant plays out in his re-election campaign.


Montana governor looking for new Colstrip owners

Montana’s governor is looking for a new ownership structure for one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the West to stave off its partial closure.


Guest Opinion: Avista too dependent on coal

Conservation and smart grid investment make more sense for forward-thinking utilities.


Coal-related issues burn hot

Montanans take badly to legislation anticipating Colstrip closure.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 27, 2015, 6:45 p.m.

Future of Avista’s coal power to be discussed in Spokane Wednesday

About 9 percent of Avista Utilities’ electricity comes from a coal-burning plant in Montana. Colstrip’s future will be discussed at a Wednesday meeting in Spokane.


Avista wants to raise Idaho electricity rates

Avista Utilities says it spent more on electricity for Idaho customers last year than it recovered through rates. So, the utility is asking Idaho regulators for permission to raise electric …


Coal quandary: Avista uses cheap power, but Inslee wary

COLSTRIP, Mont. – On Montana’s eastern plains, there’s a town that was built to burn coal and produce electricity for the Northwest’s largest cities. Smokestacks loom over Colstrip, a company …


Avista absorbs hit as generator fails

A generator failure at a Montana coal plant will force Avista Corp. to buy about $12 million worth of replacement electricity this year. The Spokane-based utility owns a 15 percent …