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Again, Supreme Court finds PSC unlawful in solar dealings

Another Montana solar project has won a state Supreme Court ruling against NorthWestern Energy and the Montana Public Service Commission, which “chose unlawful methodologies” to render a solar farm near Billings uneconomical.

Voters should take heed of PSC's antics

Even against the backdrop of what we already knew about the six-figure-salaried squabblers, the information gained by FOIA and court action is jaw-dropping.

Bullying, spying and harassment revealed in Montana PSC documents

Montana Public Service Commission documents showing a pattern of bullying, harassment, and spying at the agency have been released by a district court judge, months after commissioners sued the news media rather than release data.

PSC illegally discriminated against renewable energy development

Last week on August 24, the Montana Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that the Montana Public Service Commission illegally discriminated against renewable energy development when they willfully and purposely chose not to follow federal law.

A regulatory agency, not legislative

The Montana Public Service Commission is a regulatory agency and not a legislative one. They are able to influence energy projects and legislation by the rates and fees they approve.

The Public Service Commission has two important words in it, public and service.

When I decided to run for this office, it was to put the Public back into the PSC. It is not the corporate service commission. When elected I will serve the voters by protecting them from unfair and unnecessary rate increases. How will I do that?

Guest Opinion: Something is rotten at the PSC

There’s a quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet that goes, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” This has come to refer to corruption from the top down in a political body. And so goes the Montana Public Service Commission and its problems within and without for the past year.

Letter to the editor: McMurtry will bring change to PSC

Over the past few years, it’s been hard to ignore the utter dysfunction on the Public Service Commission. Current PSC members have mostly been busy running interference for NorthWestern Energy, keeping information from the public, and attacking one another.

Public Service Commissioner O'Donnell violated ethics laws, commissioner says

The rulings against O'Donnell are the latest in a string of unprofessional behaviors by members of the Puliblic Service Commission.

Yard Signs Stolen

My lawn signs, McMurtry4PSC, are disappearing all over town: Heights, Rimrock, downtown. If you see anyone lifting one take a picture or ask them to stop. During the primary, Zolnikov had the same problem. If you want a sign, just ask & you shall receive.

Call for Voluneers

Next week I hope to start doing some lit drops on Billings doors. Please let me know if you could volunteer. What else I need: letters to the editor, Act Blue donations. I will talk to anyone, anywhere about the PSC, and...
 

About My Opponent in the General Election

Most folks who are following my race know that Tony seems to work more for the shareholders of NorthWestern Energy than the voters who elected him. Commissioner O'Donnell also has problems with integrity, accountability and attendance.

Transition funding for Colstrip needs attention now, advocate says

The time to talk about Colstrip transition funding is now, Macgraw said, while all six of the power plant’s owners are still around and two of Colstrip’s units continue producing electricity.

Guest opinion: A cavalcade of PSC misdeeds

Since February these commissioners have demeaned the office, discredited themselves and mocked the citizens who sent them to Helena to represent them. Let me recount their misdeeds:

Hearing with PSC Produces Lies & Denials

This concerns NWE's request to purchase 12.5% more of Colstrip for $.50. On March 17, the PSC told the utility that their application was lacking in details and they would have to provide details and answer questions the commission had.

What part of "public" does the PSC not get?

Several state news organizations have asked for what are clearly public documents from the state Public Service Commission. The commission’s response? It has filed a lawsuit against those news organizations.

Guest opinion: Whose side is the PSC on, anyway?

Oops...they’ve done it again. On Tuesday, April 21, the Montana Public Service Commission reversed its decision of March 16 in favor of NorthWestern Energy, again.