- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 25, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Owners of a coal-fired power plant in Montana say the company that keeps it running wants out within two years.

Pennsylvania-based Talen Energy owns a share of the Colstrip plant and operates the entire facility. Talen officials told the Billings Gazette (https://bit.ly/1ONny2i) Tuesday that the company’s role as operator is not economically viable and the plant’s five owners will need a new manager by May 2018.

Talen spokesman Todd Martin says the decision is part of the company’s effort to end business operations in Montana.

Colstrip Units 3 and 4 are owned by utilities in Washington and Oregon as well as South Dakota’s Northwestern Energy, which is the largest gas and electric utility in Montana.

Ownership of Units 1 and 2 is split evenly between Talen and Puget Sound Energy.


Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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