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NorthWestern Energy plans to buy bigger stake in Colstrip power plant for $1

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NorthWestern Energy plans to increase its share in Colstrip Unit 4 by buying out another power plant owner who recently revealed the coal-fired unit needs $20 million in repairs....


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Sid Abma on Dec 12, 2019 7:42 pm GMT

I believe the people living in the North West need to have reliable electricity. If Coalstrip's owners were to apply the Sidel Carbon Capture Utilization System after making these boiler repairs, this coal fired power plant would be operating and putting into the atmosphere less CO2 than a new natural gas fired power plant.

The Time of Clean Coal is Now Here.

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Matt Chester on Dec 12, 2019 10:08 pm GMT

Coal is still very, very prominent in Montanta, one of the biggest producers of coal in the country, but even there you see signs of coal being replaced:

Coal-fired power plants provide the largest share of Montana's net electricity generation, but 2017 marked the first time that coal accounted for less than half of the state's electricity generation, as coal's share dropped to 49%.80 Competitively-priced natural gas generation and environmental regulations have reduced coal-fired generation.81 In 2015, one of Montana's older coal-fired power plants was shut down, with the plant's owner citing the projected costs of pollution controls required for the facility.82 Five utility-scale coal-fired power plants still operate in the state.83 In 2017, most of the rest of Montana's electricity generation came from hydroelectric power plants, which provided 39% of the state's electricity generation. Wind power had the third-largest share, nearly 8% of the state's generation, and petroleum coke and natural gas each provided less than 2% of generation.84

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