BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s governor is looking for a new ownership structure for one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the West to stave off its partial closure.
Gov. Steve Bullock said Tuesday he’s forming a working group to explore an ownership change for three of the four units at the 2,100-megawatt Colstrip power plant.
Bullock says the state’s energy industry is controlled by interests outside Montana and he wants to ensure Colstrip’s future.
Washington’s governor last week signed a law that would allow the state’s largest utility, Puget Sound Energy, to set aside money for the closure of Colstrip’s two oldest units.
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Built in the 1970s, those units face pressure from market forces increasing pollution regulations.
Five other utilities have a share in Colstrip, including NorthWestern Energy and Talen Energy.