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UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020

Montana coal power plant closing two units built in 1970s

One of the largest coal-fired power plants in the western U.S. will close two of its four units by Saturday as the Montana facility edges toward an eventual total shutdown.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

NorthWestern Energy seeks to buy more of Colstrip coal plant in Montana

NorthWestern Energy said Tuesday it will seek regulatory permission to acquire part of Puget Sound Energy’s share of the Colstrip Power Plant for $1 as some utilities look to unload …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

Partial settlement reached in Avista request for rate increases

Avista Corp. has reached a partial settlement in its request to increase electric and natural gas rates, an agreement that would help fund costs associated with the eventual closure of …


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019

Operator: Two units of Montana coal plant to close this year

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 …


Montana congressman confronts Inslee over coal-fired power

Montana U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte is accusing Washington Gov. Jay Inslee of “extinguishing” the livelihoods of residents in a Montana town by seeking to ban coal-fired electricity in his state.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019

Montana lawmaker wants state to buy beleaguered Colstrip power plant

A Billings legislator’s proposal that Montana buy Colstrip power plant drew criticism from business and environmental groups alike at a Monday hearing in Helena.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 9, 2018

One of oldest coal companies in U.S., Colstrip supplier files for bankruptcy

One of the oldest coal companies in the U.S. – and supplier to the Colstrip power-generating station in Montana – filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday to deal with more than …


UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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.