HELENA — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock unveiled a blueprint Tuesday for what he calls a “balanced and responsible energy future” and called for new legislation and funding to promote wind and solar power.
A state judge expressed alarm at the estimated 200 million gallons of contaminated water seeping annually from leaky ash-storage ponds at a Montana power plant serving customers across the Pacific Northwest — a problem that’s persisted years after the company and state officials reached an agreement to address it.
HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock on Tuesday sent a letter to chief executive of NorthWestern Energy, the state’s largest public utility, offering to form a working group to look at alternative ownership of three coal-fired power units in southeastern Montana’s Colstrip where residents are worried about job loss from the shut-down of some of the units.