The future of Colstrip and its big coal-fired power plant, which will lose two of its four units sometime in the next five years, will be big discussion topics in the second half of the Montana Legislature, with one bill in the works calling for two of the plant’s owners to pay about $40 million between them to cover social and economic impacts caused by the reduction in power.
HELENA – Ryan Zinke was sworn in on Wednesday as the U.S. Secretary of the Interior in the Trump administration – and the special statewide election to choose his successor in Montana is just 12 weeks away, on Thursday, May 25.
HELENA — Talen Energy is pushing Montana lawmakers for a tax break worth millions to keep two units of the coal-fired Colstrip power plant open, with one Republican leader saying Tuesday the units could close within the year without some form of assistance.
HELENA – Senators began negotiating amendments to a bill opponents fear would legalize private discussions of public business by elected officials, but that supporters argue would provide needed clarity for well-meaning public servants.
Parts of the coal-fired power plant in Colstrip will shut down by 2022. But there’s a chance that the plant’s operators could pull out even sooner, creating an unforeseeable future for the community the power plant employs. Lawmakers in Helena say they have a plan that will help Colstrip stay open for as long as possible.
A lawsuit against the Board of Oil and Gas seeks to require more disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing jobs in Montana, arguing the state’s own records fail to provide key information to landowners, but a state official says current rules are sufficient.