Tom Power

Commentary
8:53 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Confusing Politics and Economics in Electric Supply Decisions

Confusing Politics and Economics in Electric Supply Decisions

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Commentary
8:17 am
Tue March 25, 2014

The Flight from Coal in U.S. Electricity Production

The Flight from Coal in U.S. Electricity Production

 

          In the late 1990s as the Montana Power Company exited the electric utility industry and headed for bankruptcy as a telecommunication company, Montana Power sold off all of its Montana electric generating facilities to Pennsylvania Power and Light. The utility that bought Montana Power’s electric and natural gas delivery system of pipes and wires, NorthWestern Energy, is now trying to buy back those Montana hydroelectric facilities.

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Commentary
4:40 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Buying Back the Dams: An Important Billion Dollar Decision for Montana

Buying Back the Dams: An Important Billion Dollar Decision for Montana

 

          When NorthWestern Energy announced last year that it had entered into an agreement to buy back the hydroelectric facilities that the Montana Power Company once owned, most Montana’s probably smiled a little , thinking that a serious public policy mistake of the 1990s was about to be corrected.

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Commentary
8:27 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Valuing the Montana Colstrip Electric Generators: A Strange New World

Valuing the Montana Colstrip Electric Generators: A Strange New World

 

NorthWestern Energy is proposing to purchase the Montana hydroelectric generators originally owned by the Montana Power Company. Montana Power sold them off in the late 1990s as it pursued a speculative dream of becoming a national telecommunication company. Instead Montana Power went bankrupt and ceased to exist.

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Commentary
9:02 am
Tue February 11, 2014

U.S. State Department Greenlight for the Keystone Pipeline?

U.S. State Department Greenlight for the Keystone Pipeline?

          The U.S. State Department, which has to approve pipelines crossing into the United States from other countries, recently released its updated study of the environmental impacts associated with the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.  That pipeline would carry Alberta tar sands bitumen to oil refineries on the Gulf Coast. President Obama had previously indicated that he would approve the 1,700 mile pipeline if it would not “significantly exacerbate” greenhouse gas emissions.

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Commentary
9:04 am
Tue January 14, 2014

The Oil Companies’ Self-Serving Fatalism on Petroleum Use

The Oil Companies’ Self-Serving Fatalism on Petroleum Use

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Commentary
8:58 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Creating and Destroying “Good Jobs”

Creating and Destroying “Good Jobs”

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Commentary
4:57 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

From Violence to Non-Violence: Putting Nelson Mandela’s Contribution into a Broader Context

From Violence to Non-Violence:

Putting Nelson Mandela’s Contribution into a Broader Context

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Commentary
9:19 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Scaring the Political Wits Out of Us: How Important Is the Federal Deficit?

Scaring the Political Wits Out of Us: How Important Is the Federal Deficit?

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Commentary
9:32 am
Tue November 19, 2013

The Federal Debt Ceiling: Analyzing the Can Kicked Down the Road

          If the Obama Administration cannot get the incompetent, stumbling rollout of the Affordable Care Act fixed in the next month or so, we will soon face another game of “economic chicken” between Tea Party Republicans and President Obama. 

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