Posted: Aug 27, 2013 9:13 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
Two environmental advocacy groups are asking the Montana Public Service Commission to look at how a speculated sale of PPL's assets would impact ratepayers in Montana.
The Montana Environmental Information Center and the Sierra Club wrote a letter to the PSC this week asking the utility regulator to hold a public hearing on the pending sale of PPL's electricity generating stations.
The request comes after industry rumors surfaced that PPL was considering selling its Montana assets to NorthWestern Energy.
While no official announcements of a sale have been made, the environmental groups believe that if PPL sells its assets to NorthWestern Energy, ratepayers would be put at risk.
The groups have concerns over PPL's coal-generating plants, saying that its Colstrip plant is emitting air pollution and contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.
They believe if a sale is pending the public should know what the risks are before the sale can proceed.
PPL has not yet commented on the request for a public hearing or anything pertaining to a sale.