The stacks at the Colstrip coal-fired power plant emit white plumes against a blue sky
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A federal judge in Missoula has ruled a shareholder of the state’s largest utility cannot compel the company to consider his clean energy proposal at an upcoming annual meeting.

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A council appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock released a list of recommendations for the state to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gases Feb 11. The Climate Solutions Council consists of a diverse collection of stakeholders from different state agencies, energy utilities, and climate advocacy groups.


Coal stacks at Colstrip Power plant
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A Montana agency on Feb. 11 released a cleanup plan for waste ponds at two of the Colstrip power plant’s four units.

John Hines stands in front of a podium and microphone against a blue screen that reads "Finding Good Workers"
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The state’s largest utility filed its intent to purchase an added share of the Colstrip coal-fired power plant in eastern Montana on Wednesday.

NorthWestern Energy filed paperwork with the Montana Public Service Commission Feb. 6 asking for approval to buy an added 25 percent share of Colstrip Unit 4 from Puget Sound energy for $1. 

A piece of coal
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Hearing sessions across Montana over the last month have given ratepayers of the state’s largest electric utility the chance to sound off on the company’s 20-year-plan for sourcing energy. While many people have lashed out against the fossil fuel heavy plan, a minority of supporters in Billings and Colstrip last week stepped up.

The Colstrip Steam Electric Station's four stacks
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A part owner of the Colstrip coal-fired power plant in eastern Montana confirmed Thursday that two of the plant’s four units are closing this week.

Blakc coal
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The Rosebud Mine on Thursday announced it’s renewed a contract to supply Colstrip power plant Units 3 and 4 with coal until 2025.

The power plant in the distance.
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The operator and part-owner of the Colstrip coal-fired power plant agreed Monday to pay a $450,000 fine for violating federal emission standards at two of the plant’s units last year. 

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On Monday, the elected body that regulates utilities in Montana temporarily rejected a controversial fee as part of a rate increase from the state’s largest utility.

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Amid constantly changing closure dates for a power plant majority owned by out-of-state companies, a town that found success through coal is coming to terms with the plant’s partial retirement. Kayla Desroches spent a day in Colstrip in southeast Montana to talk with some of the people who live and work in the community.