NW Energy Coalition welcomes BPA recognition of barriers to development of renewable energy in Montana SEATTLE, Washington — Yesterday the Bonneville Power Administration announced that its 2018-19 rates will include a fifteen percent reduction in the Montana Intertie rate – a $2 per MWh charge that applies to a 90-mile section of power lines between […]
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Financing of solar and energy efficiency in Montana: Credit Union Partnership — The NW Energy Coalition is partnering with Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union (PSCCU) to expand solar financing in the Northwest. Since 1934, PSCCU has been empowering members to do more than they thought they could with their banking relationship. The credit union maintains a […]
Montana intertie rate is a barrier to renewable energy, growth, and jobs Seattle, Washington — Yesterday, as part of its 2018 rate recommendation, the Bonneville Power Administration announced its desire to retain the Montana Intertie transmission rate. The $2 per MWh charge, which applies to a 90-mile section of power lines between Townsend and Garrison, Montana, […]
The NW Energy Coalition has joined a variety of environmental advocates, utilities, and business groups in opposing a Montana senate bill that would discourage all kinds of energy development in the state and clean energy development in particular. In response to the planned shut down of two coal-fired power units and the Colstrip power plant, state […]
The NW Energy Coalition is partnering with Generations Credit Union and Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union to expand solar financing in the Northwest. Oregon, Idaho, and Montana homeowners who are seeking loans to install solar or to make their homes more energy efficient can do so through Generations Credit Union and Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union by […]
Coalition conference featuring Montana governor and NorthWestern Energy CEO draws big crowd in Missoula
Overflow crowds greeted Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, NorthWestern Energy CEO Bob Rowe, and a host of renewable energy and energy efficiency advocates and providers at the Spring 2016 NW Clean & Affordable Energy Conference in Missoula on May 19. More than 120 people from around the region attended this edition of the NW Energy Coalition’s twice-yearly conference, which rotates through Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Montana. Coalition members returned the next day to elect board members, select annual award winners and strategize.
NorthWestern Energy Corp. Chief Executive Officer Bob Rowe spent an hour taking questions from the audience about how Montana’s biggest energy utility plans to deal with the fate of Colstrip power plants, renewable energy sources and how traditional power companies will co-exist with changing public desires.
Gov. Steve Bullock will deliver the conference’s opening keynote. Bullock will outline his energy vision for Montana and look at how energy efficiency programs, renewable energy development and smart transmission can position Montana to take advantage of the new clean energy economy in the West. After lunch, Coalition executive director Nancy Hirsh will facilitate a lively Q & A between NorthWestern Energy CEO Bob Rowe and all conference attendees.
Today, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission approved a petition filed by Puget Sound Energy, Sierra Club and the NW Energy Coalition asking to delay the pending April 1, 2016, rate case with the commitment that PSE include a retirement and cleanup plan for the older coal-fired units Colstrip units 1 and 2. The new rate case must be filed no later than January 17, 2017.
The NW Energy Coalition’s senior policy associate for Montana, Diego Rivas, Coalition board member and former board chair Chuck Magraw, representatives of Coalition member organizations including member utilities Portland General Electric and Puget Sound Energy have been named to Montana’s Interim Clean Power Plan Advisory Panel.