Even if you’re not in Puget Sound Energy’s service territory, please consider signing up to testify on October 8 to the Utilities and Transportation Commission to oppose PSE’s attempt to sell their coal-power assets to NorthWestern Corp, who intends to keep the Colstrip coal-fired power plant running until 2042.
The impacts of that decision aren’t limited to PSE customers!
David Perk
350 Seattle
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From: Stacy Oaks via standwithpuyallup list
Subject: [standwithpuyallup] More PSE Shenanigans – Hearing Oct 8th
Hi friends, Puget Sound Energy is up to no good regarding the sale of their Colstrip coal mines and we need you to help to stop them on Thursday October 8th.
Please sign up to speak at the hearing ASAP.  Here are the instructions:
Public Comment Hearing: The UTC will hold two audio-only virtual public comment hearing sessions on October 8, 2020, to gather input from customers on the proposed sale of Colstrip assets. The first session begins at 1:30 p.m., and the second session begins at 6 p.m.
The UTC prefers individuals to participate in the hearing using the computer conferencing application, but there is a phone-in option for those who are unable to participate with a computer. Please call 888-333-9882 to obtain instructions on how to participate,  you must register prior to the hearing & you will receive more information on how to participate.
Important Points:
1. Selling Colstrip will allow Unit 4 (5+ million tons CO2/year = 1 million cars) to run until 2042 instead of 2025.  NorthWestern told the Montana regulators they intend to run Colstrip Unit 4 until 2042.  PSE’s sale is in direct contrast to the expectations of our new 100% clean electricity law, the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) which ends all coal by 2025.
2. PSE’s buy back of Colstrip power from NorthWestern makes PSE customers pay a higher price.  PSE will have to buy Colstrip power even though other power choices are much cheaper.
3. PSE is selling extremely valuable transmission lines from Colstrip well below its long-term value.  During the CETA debate, PSE commissioned a study that said massive increases in transmission from Montana and Wyoming will be needed.  Under no circumstance should this ratepayer-owned transmission asset be sold.
4. The proposed sale implies we will still pay for additional pollution even though we no longer own the plant.  PSE set aside $350 million to cleanup the Colstrip coal ash waste ponds.  The sale opens up PSE ratepayers to more liability.  The only way to avoid legal problems on these cleanup costs is to retire the plant in 2025 for all owners.
Together we can hold PSE accountable, and help get dirty coal out of our energy mix as soon as possible!

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