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.

FERC Squelches MPSC Decision to Stop Guaranteeing Small-Scale Solar Rates

Montana’s Public Service Commission (PSC) was wrong to pull the plug on guaranteed rates for small solar projects (Docket No. EL16-117-000) in Big Sky Country earlier this year, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruled on December 15, according to a report by the Billings Gazette.

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 District Court Denies Lower Payback to Customer-Generators

Montana District Court Judge Mike Menahan has affirmed (Cause No. ADV-2015-459) a 2015 Public Service Commission (PSC) order denying NorthWestern Energy’s request to decrease the amount paid to small wind and solar projects for their excess electricity fed back into the grid. In a ruling … Read more…

NorthWestern Gets First Base Rate Hike Since Reagan Era

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted on October 29 (Docket EL14-106) to allow NorthWestern Energy to raise its electric rates by 15.5 percent or $20.9 million – the first such increase in 34 years. A typical residential customer using an average of 750 … Read more…

SD PUC to Vote on $20M Rate Increase for NorthWestern Energy

NorthWestern Energy – a utility that serves about 700,000 customers in Montana, Nebraska, and South Dakota – has reached a stipulated settlement agreement with the South Dakota Public Utility Commission (Docket EL15-033 ) concerning NorthWestern’s pending electric rate case, the company announced on September 25. … Read more…

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