GREAT FALLS — At the Civic Center in downtown Great Falls, the Public Service Committee held an open hearing on Monday, August 14, 2023, for anybody to voice their concerns about Northwestern energy’s new integration resource plan.

“There is a chokehold on the energy in our state because of Northwestern Energy,” shared one frustrated Great Falls resident.

Statements like these were shared throughout the almost 90 minute meeting. This is the first of five hearings like this going on around Montana in the coming days, as people voice their concern for their rising energy bills and the lack of investment in environmentally friendly energy.