Attorney General Fox Files for Intervention on Behalf of the State of Montana in Washington Utility Rate Case
On Wednesday, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox filed for intervention on behalf of the state of Montana in the electricity rate proceeding of Washington utility Puget Sound Energy, before the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. PSE is a part-owner of the Colstrip generating facility, and entered into a legal settlement last year establishing a shut-down date of July 2022 for Colstrip Units 1 and 2.
“It’s important that the state of Montana has a seat at the table throughout this rate proceeding so our interests can be adequately represented,” said Attorney General Tim Fox. “The state of Montana wants to make sure that the company makes good on its legal obligations to Montana’s communities, workers and environment affected by the operation and potential retirement of coal-fired generating units in our state.”
The petition for intervention states, “Many thousands of Montana residents will be economically impacted, directly or indirectly, by the closure of the Colstrip Units. In addition to anticipated job losses, the revenue generated by the Colstrip Units, which is taxed by Montana, funds public schools, libraries, parks and regional water systems. Thus, Montana has a direct and substantial interest in the economic issues to be addressed in the…proceeding. In addition, Montana has a direct and substantial interest in ensuring the full costs of decommissioning and remediation attendant to closing the Colstrip Units are covered by PSE, in keeping with the high value Montana residents place on their environment.”