The entire Colstrip Generating Station has been idle for the past month, with two units down for regular maintenance and two for failing state tests for air pollution, according to Montana state regulators.
While Montana’s congressional delegation hailed passage of a bill to extend the license for a hydropower dam on the Rocky Mountain Front this week, a new report suggests the state is falling behind the nation in pursuit of clean energy.
MEIC’s Clean Energy Program Director op-ed in the Billings Gazette: “It’s not often we celebrate something happening at NorthWestern Energy. However, there were two renewable energy developments in the last two weeks that deserve recognition — both in terms of recognizing the larger benefits of renewables over fossil fuels like coal and gas, and in reducing energy costs.”
BILLINGS — Montana officials singled out a mining company president as an industry “bad actor” on Tuesday, and said the company could have to reimburse taxpayers more than $35 million for past pollution cleanups if it wants to pursue two new mines in the state.
Westmoreland Coal, which owns coal mines in Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and Texas and Alberta and Saskatchewan, in Canada, is on the edge of insolvency, according to a new report this month from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).