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Tranel will be champion for transparency on PSC | Letters

It is no secret that NorthWestern Energy wants to buy the Colstrip 4 generating plant and keep it running indefinitely. But NorthWestern does want to keep secret exactly what this deal is going to cost. By asking the Montana Public Service Commission for pre-approval of the purchase, and for a protective order to keep its coal supply contract terms private, NorthWestern’s trying to deny the public the information it needs to figure out what’s going on. And now the PSC is granting that request.

This won’t do. NorthWestern has the privilege of operating as a monopoly, and in exchange…

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