About a dozen Montanans were in Spokane Wednesday to talk to Washington state lawmakers about legislation that would impact the Colstrip coal-fired power plant southeast of Billings.
The Colstrip plant is partially owned by several Washington utilities, and exports a lot of the electricity it generates to Washington. But now, forecasts are for coal power to get more expensive. So Washington utilities are asking their lawmakers them to let them potentially find cheaper energy options. Options that could lead them to shut down part of Colstrip.
Within hours, Montana joined 23 other states in a lawsuit asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to halt implementation and ultimately overturn the rule known as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.
By 2020 Montana Resources’ tailings pond will reach its boundaries. MR is preparing to apply for a permit with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to enlarge Yankee Doodle Tailings pond and the earthen dam that borders it. The growth of the pond and dam will largely be vertical, Mark Thompson, manager of environmental affairs, said.
HELENA – Attorneys for an environmental group and a consumer office argued Tuesday that NorthWestern Energy, rather than its Montana electric customers, should pay the multimillion-dollar costs of a 2013-14 power-plant outage.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock praised the state’s potential for wind energy development at a conference in Bozeman on Wednesday, saying he hopes the industry can keep growing and help the state meet standards set by the federal Clean Power Plan, to which he gave a lukewarm welcome last month.