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The company that operates a coal-fired power plant in eastern Montana said Tuesday it will close two of the plant’s four units about 30 months ahead of schedule because of the high cost of running them and the unwillingness of its coal supplier to lower prices.
Hundreds of thousands of people were without electricity after strong windstorms hit parts of Washington and Oregon late Saturday and early Sunday.
What started out as a proposal by Puget Sound Energy (PSE) to build a liquefied natural-gas plant, to provide cleaner fuel for transportation and natural gas to its customers, has turned into a waterfront battle more bitter than anything this city has seen in years.
The Puyallup Tribe and leaders from 14 other Northwest tribes have called on Gov. Jay Inslee to stop the construction of Puget Sound Energy’s liquefied natural gas plant on Tacoma’s Tideflats, urging a delay until an environmental review is complete “and all permit requirements are satisfied.”
A winter storm moving through the Pacific Northwest knocked out power in parts of Washington state and caused multiple collisions, including a fatal crash in northern Idaho.
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 plans for meeting future energy needs.
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, years earlier than previously expected.
The staff of a state regulator says Puget Sound Energy’s request to charge customers more for electricity should be rejected.
The state’s largest energy utility will pay at least $1.5 million for a natural gas explosion in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood last year.
A series of thunderstorms rolling through Western Washington downed trees and power lines, but no serious injuries were reported.
Officials say pipeline safety regulators and Puget Sound Energy have reached a settlement over a complaint regarding a natural gas explosion in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle last year.
Thousands of people in King and Kitsap counties could be without power until Friday.
Demand for carbon-free energy is starting to influence how electricity is produced in Washington state.
A state Utilities and Transportation Commission investigation says Puget Sound Energy failed to properly disconnect and seal a gas pipeline that caused a natural gas explosion in Seattle in March.
Owners of a coal-fired power plant in Montana say the company that keeps it running wants out within two years.
Conservation and smart grid investment make more sense for forward-thinking utilities.
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.
Wind turbines spinning on the Palouse are the final piece of Avista Utilities’ strategy to meet Washington’s new renewable energy standards. Energy from the 58-turbine Palouse Wind farm, which started operations last year, has pushed the Spokane-based utility over the top. Even with future customer growth, Avista officials say they’ve lined up enough qualifying renewable energy to meet Initiative 937’s requirements through 2020.
ELLENSBURG – Gusty winds sweep through Central Washington’s Kittitas County, scattering tumbleweeds and spinning the blades of 149 turbines on Whisky Dick Mountain. The westerly wind is a gift of geography. Moist air from the Pacific Ocean picks up speed as it’s forced through Snoqualmie Pass. As it hurtles down the eastern slopes of the Cascades, it rushes through Puget Sound Energy’s Wild Horse wind project. Since 2006, the Seattle-based utility has harnessed the wind, converting its force into kilowatts of electricity. When wind speeds hit 9 mph, the turbines start producing power for the utility’s customers in the Puget Sound region.