SB 331 - $75 million ratepayer giveaway to NorthWestern
Sponsored by Sen. Tom Richmond, R-Billings
- WE Oppose - SB 331 - $75 million ratepayer giveaway to NorthWestern
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This bill would guarantee that NorthWestern Energy (NWE) can pass on up to $75 million in Colstrip-related costs to rate-payers for ten years without Public Service Commission oversight if NWE buys more of the Colstrip Power Plant. The Public Service Commission was created to protect captive energy customers from a monopoly utility like NorthWestern jacking up our bills. The legislature should let the Public Service Commission do its job, not prevent the use of an evidence-based process in determining power bills.
SB 331 failed to pass 3rd Reading in the House on April 16 with a surprising vote of 37-60.
**While SB 331 was defeated in the House of Representatives, the worst parts of this legislation are expected to be revived and/or amended into existing bills. Stay tuned for updates… the fight isn’t over!**