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2009-08-18 11:30:00

BILLINGS, Mont., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PPL Montana announced Tuesday (8/18) that a Montanan with 28 years of service with the generating company will become its new vice president and chief operating officer. Pete Simonich, who currently serves as manager-Generating Assets for PPL Montana, will take over his new position on Aug. 31. He is succeeding Brad Spencer, who announced his retirement earlier this year. PPL Montana is a subsidiary of PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL). "We are...

2009-06-25 11:30:00

BILLINGS, Mont., June 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Brad Spencer, who has served as vice president and chief operating officer of PPL Montana for eight years, will retire September 30. "We thank Brad for his leadership, both in improving performance inside the company and in his very successful efforts in establishing PPL Montana as an important state and community partner," said William H. Spence, executive vice president and chief operating officer of PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL). "We...

2008-11-13 21:00:14

BUTTE, Mont., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NorthWestern Corporation d/b/a NorthWestern Energy announced today that the Montana Public Service Commission has made formal its approval of placing the company's ownership interest in Colstrip Unit 4 into the ratebase. Effective January 1, 2009, 222 megawatts of electricity from the coal-fired unit in southeastern Montana will be placed into rates at value of $407 million. The decision makes Colstrip Unit 4 the foundation of NorthWestern...

2008-10-13 03:00:31

By Dennison, Mike HELENA - If regulators think NorthWestern Energy's Montana customers should buy a long-term chunk of electricity from the Colstrip 4 power plant, it should be at a much lower price than that offered by the company, a consumer witness testified Friday. John Wilson, an economist hired by the Montana Consumer Counsel, said a fair price is probably closer to $250 million, instead of the $407 million proposed by NorthWestern. "They should get a fair return on their...

2008-10-07 03:00:21

By Dennison, Mike HELENA - As a high-stakes hearing opened Wednesday on how NorthWestern Energy's Montana customers might buy a share of Colstrip-generated power, regulators heard starkly different takes on the multimillion-dollar deal. The company, which is proposing the deal, and others said it's a first step toward rebuilding the utility and insulating its Montana customers from the "vagaries" of the electricity market. "I believe so doing will benefit me as a customer," said Gerald...

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