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April 16, 2024

Montana Public Service Commission

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Regulatory Commission Roundup: La.’s Boissiere Faces Runoff vs Climate Activist
Louisiana PSC's Lambert Boissiere is headed for a runoff against an environmental activist in one of nine states whose regulators faced voters election night.
Climate Policy on the Ballot Tuesday
West Coast wildfires, record-breaking heat waves and more than two dozen tropical storms have made climate change an issue impossible for voters to ignore.
Montana Supreme Court Rebuffs PSC on PURPA Rules
The Montana PSC “arbitrarily and unlawfully” reduced solar generators’ payments and contract lengths under PURPA, the Supreme Court ruled.
Talen Energy
UPDATED: Montana Avista Sale OK Includes Colstrip Protections
The Montana PSC’s order approving Hydro One’s acquisition of Avista includes several conditions designed to prevent the early closure of the Colstrip plant.
Cypress Creek Renewables
Montana PSC Racks up 2nd Lawsuit over PURPA Rates
Cypress Creek Renewables filed suit in U.S. District Court alleging that the Montana Public Service Commission violated PURPA.
Montana PURPA Solar Saga Continues in State Court
Three solar advocates filed a joint challenge to the Montana PSC’s decision to alter the contract terms available to small generators under PURPA.
‘Hot Mic’ Reveals Montana Move Against Solar QFs
A microphone picked up Montana PSC Commissioner Bob Lake speaking privately about a recent decision to reduce solar QF's standard contract length.
FERC Won’t Act on Montana Regulators in PURPA Dispute
FERC rejected Vote Solar’s request that the commission reconsider its decision not to enforce the PURPA against Montana regulators.
FERC Declares Montana QF Requirements Illegal
FERC found that the Montana PSC violated PURPA by requiring that qualifying facilities have PPAs and interconnection agreements with utilities.
FERC Rejects Complaint on Montana Solar; 2nd Case Pending
Solar power developers are asking FERC to overrule Montana regulators on how much NorthWestern Energy should pay to PURPA projects.

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