PPL Montana

Kerr Dam
11:31 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Montana tribe to be first to own a major dam

Tribal leaders at original dedication of Kerr Dam
Credit Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes

$18.3 million dollars - that's the price an arbitration panel has set for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes to buy Kerr Dam near Polson from PPL Montana. It's a price close to what the tribes think is fair, and well below what PPL was asking.
    The panel's decision paves the way for the Salish and Kootenai to become the first tribe in the country to own a major hydroelectric facility. Brian Lipscomb is CEO of Energy Keepers - the tribal corporation involved in the dam negotiation and eventual operation. 

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NorthWestern Energy
4:05 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

NorthWestern details PPL Dam purchase proposal to lawmakers

NorthWestern Energy continues to work on plans to purchase 11 hydroelectric dams from PPL Montana.

The approximately $900 million dollar deal will have to be approved by the state Public Service Commission.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce says NorthWestern updated members of the Montana Legislature on their plans.

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Great Falls
10:11 am
Fri August 2, 2013

The new technology of the Rainbow Dam near Great Falls

The new Rainbow Dam power plant generates 60 megawatts of electricity, the old plant (left) generated 36 megawatts.
Credit Dan Boyce

PPL Montana is now operating a completely renovated Rainbow Dam, just a few miles northeast of Great Falls.

The $230 million project marks the biggest investment in energy generation in the state since the Colstrip coal-fired power plant was built about 30 years ago.

PPL Montana Director of External Affairs David Hoffman said the new power house generates almost twice as much electricity as the old one. It’s enough to power about 45-thousand homes.

Construction on this renovation started back in 2009 and went fully online this past April.

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