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Montana Plant, $2 Million in Arrears on Local Taxes, Will Close Next Year
The owner of a relatively new coal-fired power plant in Montana says it will probably close next year after having lost money since 2014. The closing will affect about 30 people and will put the company, Heorot Power, further behind on $2 million in delinquent tax obligations to local schools and government.
Commentary: Planning for a Future Beyond Coal
The challenges facing Colstrip, Mont., are a microcosm of those seen in similar communities nationally: “Coal states across the country face a similar future, and while heel-dragging may help coal company owners maximize their profit in the short-term, it does nothing for coal miners and their families.”
Washington State Resists Proposed $10 Million Payout on Colstrip Closure
One of the biggest coal-fired power generation stations in the West, unable to compete against market forces, is slated for shutdown. Its closing will affect Powder River Basin mines in Montana alongside the community of Colstrip, which is planning for transition.