Montana Utility Rate Kerfuffle Would Be Resolved by HB 475

Montana Utility Rate Kerfuffle Would Be Resolved by HB 475

A measure(HB 475) that would require the Montana Public Service Commission to review public utilities’ rates “at any time considered to be in the public interest” moved one step closer to clearing the Legislature on February 28, according to a report by the Helena Independent Record.

Feds Asked to Reverse Montana PSC Decision on Solar Charges

Solar advocates filed (Docket No. EL16-117-000) with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on September 20 to contest the state Public Service Commission’s recent decision to suspend the payment of the standard rate to small solar energy developers in Montana – which has stalled development of dozens of solar projects queued for development.

Montana PSC: Customers Won’t Have to Shell Out $3.2 Million in Colstrip Outage Costs

The Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) voted 3-2 on August 16 to uphold a multi-million dollar rate reduction approved March 29 (Docket No. D2013.5.33) – rejecting NorthWestern Energy’s request for reconsideration on the commission’s decision to disallow costs related to a July 2013 outage of the coal-fired Colstrip Unit 4 to be passed on to its 359,000 Big Sky Country ratepayers.

To Protect Ratepayers, Montana PSC Mandates NorthWestern Energy to Negotiate Solar Contracts

In a “ratepayer rescue effort,” the Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) voted 3-2 on June 16 (Docket No. D2016.5.39) to temporarily suspend the qualifying facility (QF) standard rate available to new small solar projects – requiring NorthWestern Energy instead to negotiate contracts with any proposed solar facilities of 100 kilowatts (kW) to 3 megawatts (MW) in size.

Montana PSC to Rule on 21% Rate Increase Across All Customer Categories

Montana-Dakota Utilities (MDU) – which provides retail natural gas and electric service to 384,000 customers in parts of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming – has filed (Docket No. D2015.6.51) with the Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) to raise its general rates in the … Read more…

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