NorthWestern Energy is recklessly pushing forward a new methane power plant in Laurel, MT. Don’t be fooled. The proposed plant will create tons of pollution over its lifespan, harming our health and degrading our climate, while creating financial risks for energy customers. Montanans deserve a fair, reliable, and sustainable source of power that protects the people and places we love.
What is pre-approval?
“Pre-approval” is a process that allows NorthWestern Energy to approach the Public Service Commission with a power generation asset it either wants to build or buy. The PSC is asked to “pre-approve” (or deny) whether the power company will be allowed to charge its customers for whatever it costs to build, buy, operate, and maintain that energy generation asset. In essence, granting pre-approval would amount to the Montana PSC handing NorthWestern Energy a blank check that we — their customers — have to pay. In the case of the proposed Laurel methane plant, customers would be writing a blank check for a project that risks our health and harms our air quality and climate.
The time to act is now! We demand that the PSC deny pre-approval and require a transparent process that considers the economic and environmental costs of all energy options. NorthWestern’s customers should not have to sacrifice our wallets, health, and climate to prioritize guaranteed corporate profits. Send your comment to the PSC below!