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By Bonnie Davidson
The Courier 

Big Issue: Should NorthWestern Energy Buy Dams?

Customers Could See 8.9 Percent Increase In Rates Under $900 Million Deal


Last week the audience was very small at a public service commission meeting held in Glasgow. Representatives from NorthWestern Energy, the Public Service Commission (PSC) and legal counsel showed up to talk with the audience about some current proposals.

NorthWestern has been looking at purchasing 11 hydroelectric units to bring more stability to its power grid. The purchase comes with a $900 million pricetag, which would affect the rates for current users. The PSC helps to regulate rates and watches out for consumers. The proposed rates would raise around 8.9 percent starting as early as...

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