July 16, 2014 | Volume 101 / Number 29

Possible Sale Of Dams Getting A Look

The Public Service Commission, along with a NorthWestern Engery representative, visited Glasgow a few months ago to discuss the possible purchase of 11 hydroelectric dams from PPL Montana. The $900 million bid to buy the dams would pass on rate increases to 342,000 customers in Montana. Rate increases have been estimated to range from 6 percent to 9 percent.

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Much of the discussions over the last few weeks have been about the rate increase impact to consumers, as well as possible maintenance issues that could arise from dams that may need upgrades and repairs. The PSC argues that further mai...

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