Stories tagged: Colstrip
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.
Tue., June 12, 2018, 4:08 p.m.
Montana regulators have approved the sale of Avista Corp. to a Canadian utility. Several states must give their approval to the sale.
Mon., May 14, 2018, 1:38 p.m.
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 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.
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.
Sun., Jan. 21, 2018
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.
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 …
Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 6:25 p.m.
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.
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 …
Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 9:06 a.m.
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 …
Sun., Aug. 6, 2017
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 …
Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 10:49 a.m.
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 …
Sat., July 29, 2017
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 …
Thu., May 18, 2017, 9:16 p.m.
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.
Authorities say a worker at a southeastern Montana coal mine died after a truck he was driving fell 100 feet into a pit.
Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
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, …
Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 2:03 p.m.
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.
Sat., Sept. 10, 2016, 12:58 p.m.
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 …
Tue., Aug. 23, 2016, 3:24 p.m.
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 …
Tue., Aug. 16, 2016, 1:06 p.m.
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.
Tue., July 12, 2016, 2:15 p.m.
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 …
Wed., May 25, 2016, 10:01 a.m.
Owners of a coal-fired power plant in Montana say the company that keeps it running wants out within two years.
Wed., May 11, 2016, 3:50 p.m.
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.
Wed., April 6, 2016, 8:04 a.m.
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.
Sat., Nov. 14, 2015
Conservation and smart grid investment make more sense for forward-thinking utilities.
Sat., Oct. 31, 2015
Montanans take badly to legislation anticipating Colstrip closure.
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 27, 2015, 6:45 p.m.
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.
Fri., Aug. 1, 2014
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 …
Sun., Feb. 23, 2014
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 …
Thu., July 18, 2013
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 …