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PSC to investigate NorthWestern Energy’s decisions during January cold spell

Tue, 01/30/2024 - 17:17

By Blair Miller, Daily Montanan Temperatures dropped to -27 degrees early on Jan. 12, 2024, in Helena, and highs topped out at -17. (Photo by Blair Miller, Daily Montanan) The Montana Public Service Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to investigate how NorthWestern Energy and another utility planned and handled power generation and costs during the record …

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DEQ initiates bond forfeiture at Montana Tunnels

Mon, 01/29/2024 - 17:07

By Duncan Adams, Montana Standard Montana Tunnels mined gold, silver, zinc and lead at its open-pit mine near Jefferson City. But the troubled mine hasn’t operated since 2008, and its permit was suspended in 2018 for failure to post an adequate bond. In December 2022, Montana Tunnels filed for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy protection. At …

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Working group meets to discuss changes to state environmental regulations

Wed, 01/24/2024 - 13:19

By Ellis Juhlin, Montana Public Radio A state working group tasked with recommending changes to Montana’s environmental regulations held its first meeting Tuesday. The group is made up of lawmakers, energy companies, environmental nonprofits and private citizens. Four subcommittees will offer up recommendations to improve the Montana Environmental Policy Act, or MEPA. One of those …

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Cold snap fuels Montana’s coal power debate

Mon, 01/22/2024 - 13:15

By Eric Dietrich and Amanda Eggert, Montana Free Press The record-breaking cold snap Montana saw this month brought days of below-zero temperatures across the state — and with them what major Montana utility NorthWestern Energy said was record-high electric demand from its customers. The arctic blast, and how the state’s energy system responded, triggered a wave of …

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Nick Fitzmaurice: Poor Planning Puts NorthWestern’s Reliability at Risk

Fri, 01/19/2024 - 12:57

By Nick Fitzmaurice, Missoula Current This weekend, the Northwest faced extremely cold temperatures, a reminder that winter is well underway. With seasonal extremes come peaks in energy demand as heaters work harder to keep our homes and businesses safe and warm. NorthWestern Energy, Montana’s primary electricity supplier, attempted to address this peak demand with a …

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NorthWestern touts coal, natural gas, in meeting record energy demand

Wed, 01/17/2024 - 13:11

By Keila Szpaller, Daily Montanan Last week, wind contributed more to power generation than coal for about 30 hours on the grid NorthWestern Energy oversees, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. And for more than five days, generation from coal fell to nearly half its capacity, according to EIA data for the …

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Webinar Recording — Moving Forward without Nuclear: Montana’s Path to Clean, Reliable Electricity

Fri, 01/12/2024 - 13:32

As a sense of urgency drives decision-makers to find a reliable, carbon-free energy future, many in Montana are asking: Is nuclear energy generation in the cards for Montana? The recent NuScale failure in Utah throws a lot of doubt on how viable nuclear energy is for larger communities, let alone a rural state like Montana. …

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DEQ work group to assess state environmental law

Wed, 01/10/2024 - 10:50

By Laura Lundquist, Missoula Current Photo by Laura Lundquist, Missoula Current The state of Montana is continuing to probe Montana’s environmental law by creating a working group. But like many citizens who attended fall listening sessions, the group members aren’t really sure what they’ll be reviewing. On Monday, the Department of Environmental Quality announced that …

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DEQ to strike mentions of 30-day public comment periods

Fri, 12/29/2023 - 14:23

By Tom Lutey, Billings Gazette Photo by Larry Mayer, Billings Gazette. Signs encourage residents to contact the Montana Department of Environmental Quality about the proposed Pacific Steel landfill on Shepherd Acton Road at U.S. Highway 87 North.  Montana environmental regulators took heat this week for initially giving the public just 10 days to weigh in on …

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Anne Hedges: NorthWestern Energy tops this year’s naughty list

Sun, 12/24/2023 - 14:14

By Anne Hedges, Billings Gazette Skyrocketing property taxes, elimination of constitutional rights, defunding public education, massive corporate tax breaks, all created stiff competition for top billing on Santa’s 2023 naughty list. Despite a year full of bad behavior, one bad actor stands head and shoulders above the rest in Montana: NorthWestern Energy. Topping the list …

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Guest opinion: Yellowstone County Generating Station process undermines community and youth voices

Fri, 12/15/2023 - 11:27

By Elaina Lamphere, Soren Cunning, and Odessa Ward, Billings Gazette Two weeks ago, the youth plaintiffs in the landmark climate change case, Held v. Montana, filed a brief backing another lawsuit intended to stop the construction of a NorthWestern Energy gas plant in Laurel, Montana. We side with the plaintiffs of this lawsuit in calling …

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Clean energy gains momentum in Montana

Wed, 12/13/2023 - 14:04

By Max Savage Levenson, Big Sky Chat House When it comes to making sense of the future of energy in Montana, Derf Johnson knows the lay of the land better than nearly anyone else. Johnson currently serves as the Deputy Director of the advocacy organization Montana Environmental Information Center (MEIC), which turned 50 this year. Over …

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Now hiring: Climate and Campaigns Organizer

Mon, 12/11/2023 - 10:40

Job Title:  Climate and Campaigns Organizer Location: Helena, Montana. Some possible flexibility to work remotely, particularly from Missoula, if a candidate with excellent qualifications can travel to Helena on a regular basis. 30-40% travel time. Compensation: MEIC offers compensation commensurate with skills and experience and a competitive benefits package that includes: sabbatical leave, paid vacation …

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Webinar: Exempt Wells

Fri, 12/01/2023 - 13:24

As the climate warms and our water resources become more scarce and unpredictable, we need thoughtful approaches to how and where we allocate water. So how do exempt wells fit in? Exempt wells are meant to be a rare exception to water rights permitting, but more and more they’re becoming the default for new developments. …

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Montana supreme court sends coal mine permit back to environmental review board

Fri, 12/01/2023 - 11:46

By Kayla Desroches, Yellowstone Public Radio Kayla Desroches / Yellowstone Public Radio. Westmoreland sign is pictured in front of blue skies. The Supreme Court decision earlier this month affirmed a lower court’s ruling that the expansion at Westmoreland’s Rosebud Mine could damage a nearby watershed by piling onto past impacts and increasing how long pollution remains. …

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From a Board Member: Jessie Wiles

Fri, 12/01/2023 - 07:24

By Jessie Wiles What leads some people to give up and accept the state of the world, while others take action? For many of us, learning the impacts and existential threat of climate change has led to increased feelings of grief, sadness, anxiety, and fear for the future, often branded informally as “climate anxiety.” Climate …

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PSC Approves NorthWestern’s 28% Electricity Rate Hike for Residents

Fri, 12/01/2023 - 07:22

By Anne Hedges Anyone who watched the most recent NorthWestern Energy rate case meetings was left wondering whether the Public Service Commissioners (PSC) had read any of the thousands of pages of documents and expert reports that detailed why NorthWestern was not entitled to its proposed electric rate increase. It was clear the Commissioners hadn’t …

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Keeping an Eye on Hydrogen Hubs

Fri, 12/01/2023 - 07:21

By Nick Fitzmaurice The Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Hub could be home to eight hydrogen production facilities. Image via Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Association. In October, the Biden Administration announced $7 billion in awards to develop seven distinct “clean” hydrogen hubs across the US. These funds are part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The …

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Press Release: Montana Supreme Court Rules Department of Environmental Quality Failed to Protect Water Near Rosebud Coal Mine

Tue, 11/28/2023 - 11:42

Victory — Court order vacates expansion of Rosebud’s Area B mining permit   CONTACTS Shiloh Hernandez, Earthjustice, (406) 586-9699, shernandez@earthjustice.org Anne Hedges, Montana Environmental Information Center, (406) 461-9546, ahedges@meic.org Caryn Miske, Sierra Club, (406) 240-3453, caryn.miske@sierraclub.or   HELENA, MT — In an important victory for clean water, the Montana Supreme Court ruled on November 22, 2023, that the Montana Department of …

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A Message of Solidarity Against Violence in Palestine

Tue, 11/28/2023 - 09:19

MEIC joins the millions across the globe calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, aid to Palestinians, a safe return of Israeli hostages, and de-escalation of hostilities across the region. We encourage you to call Montana’s Congressional Delegation (main switchboard is 202.224.3121) and urge them to support a ceasefire and humanitarian aid, and to refrain …

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