Offshore wind industry leaders ask Congress to back long-term plans to increase production

BY: - October 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is making a significant push for new offshore wind development to meet ambitious climate goals, but industry leaders say they also need long-term commitments and support from Congress to reach their potential. Leaders of the burgeoning U.S. offshore wind industry called on Congress to invest in renewables at a hearing […]

MEIC, Sierra Club sue Department of Environmental Quality over proposed Laurel power plant

BY: - October 21, 2021

Two environmental groups have filed suit in Yellowstone County District Court to halt a proposed natural-gas generation station in Laurel because they say the state’s Department of Environmental Quality has not properly considered the environmental impacts of the 175-megawatt station. The Montana Environmental Information Center and the Sierra Club argue that the state did not […]

PSC rejects NorthWestern’s request to increase base power costs

BY: - October 12, 2021

The increase in July that many Montana power customers saw on their bills won’t be permanent — at least just yet. The Montana Public Service Commission denied last week NorthWestern’s application to increase its base power costs. In an earlier interim order, the commission had granted a request for a temporary adjustment, which NorthWestern had […]

Intervenors: NorthWestern should reimburse costs for Laurel docket

BY: - October 3, 2021

NorthWestern Energy backed out of its request for regulatory approval of a new $250 million gas-fired plant in Laurel only after other parties had spent considerable time and money evaluating the project, according to documents filed with the Montana Public Service Commission. Therefore, the utility monopoly should reimburse taxpayers and intervenors for those costs, argued […]

No signatures to be gathered for nuclear safety petition – yet

BY: - September 28, 2021

A lead activist who wants to challenge the Montana’s Legislature’s decision to free nuclear power generation in the state from restrictions said the Secretary of State did not provide petitioners enough time to gather signatures. The group challenging the Republican-supported law is considering suing Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen, who is also a Republican, over […]

PSC makes corrections, nuclear reactors are pricey, and NorthWestern files withdrawal

BY: - September 23, 2021

NorthWestern Energy formally withdrew Thursday its application for regulators to approve the planned $250 million Laurel Generating Station and Beartooth Battery storage contract “effectively immediately.” The monopoly utility announced Wednesday it planned to bypass the approval process by the Montana Public Service Commission in order to accelerate construction of the gas-fired facility in Laurel and […]

White House seeks at least $24B to aid Louisiana, other states struck by hurricanes, wildfires

BY: - September 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House is urging Congress to approve at least $24 billion — and likely more — for disaster relief, saying that the aid should be included in a short-term spending bill expected this month. That tally includes $14 billion for recovery costs related to extreme weather events including hurricanes, floods and wildfires during the last […]

NorthWestern to skip PSC approval for $250M Laurel plant

BY: - September 21, 2021

In a bid to fast-track construction of a $250 million gas-fired plant in Laurel and avoid higher labor costs, NorthWestern Energy said Tuesday it intends to withdraw its request for approval by the Montana Public Service Commission. Instead, the monopoly utility will move forward with plans to build the Laurel Generating Station without review by […]

How the House reconciliation bill targets 4 local plans for oil and gas leasing, mining

BY: - September 14, 2021

Proposals targeting specific areas for conservation in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and federal waters off Louisiana’s coast made their way into the gigantic budget reconciliation bill that Democrats are moving through Congress. The portion of the $3.5 trillion package approved on a party-line vote by the House Natural Resources Committee last week includes nationwide measures meant […]

Letter from former PSC commish to Gianforte, Knudsen went nowhere

BY: - August 26, 2021

A letter from a former legislator and member of Montana’s Public Service Commission urging either the governor or the state’s attorney general to take action against the commission in light of a troubling audit report appears to have gone nowhere, including not even garnering a response. Greg Jergeson, the former lawmaker and member of the […]

Biden administration to restart oil and gas leasing program

BY: - August 24, 2021

The Interior Department will make significant steps toward restarting its leasing programs for onshore and offshore oil and gas development in the coming months, the Biden administration said in a court filing Tuesday. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management anticipates holding a sale for offshore leases in October or November, the administration said. The Bureau […]

White House pledges to fight court order on oil and gas leases, but activists want more

BY: - August 17, 2021

The Biden administration plans to appeal a federal court decision forcing the government to restart oil and gas leases that have been paused since January. But administration officials are also promising to comply in a way that takes into account the damage caused by fossil fuel development. The two-part move worries progressive activists and members […]