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Why Colstrip’s Future Could Be Decided In Washington State

Colstrip Power PlantAbout 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.