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Montana’s largest utility to boost stake in Colstrip coal plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Billings Gazette:NorthWestern Energy plans to increase its share in Colstrip Unit 4 by buying out another power plant owner who recently revealed the coal-fired unit needs $20 million in repairs.Montana’s largest monopoly utility said Tuesday that it will buy out Puget Sound Energy for $1. The price is identical to what NorthWestern pitched to the 2019 Montana Legislature 10 months ago. Lawmakers rejected the deal, with several expressing worry the utility’s customers would face hidden debts associated with repairs and future environmental cleanup costs. In the Legislature, NorthWestern never identified which of Colstrip’s five other owners was offering shares.NorthWestern currently has a 30% share in Unit 4, for which its customers owe $300 million. Puget’s share would boost NorthWestern’s stake to 55%. In a separate deal, NorthWestern would buy Puget’s capacity on Colstrip’s transmission lines for $2.5 million to $3.7 million.The utility has the ability to buy Puget’s assets without government approval, but if its customers are to shoulder costs associated with maintenance, operation, taxes and environmental cleanup, the Public Service Commission will have to sign off. NorthWestern indicated it will seek PSC approval early next year.For Puget Sound Energy, the sale would leave Colstrip power plant’s most dominant owner with just 25% of Colstrip Unit 3. The Washington-based utility owns half of Colstrip Units 1 and 2, with Pennsylvania-based Talen Energy owning the other half. The two companies announced in June that those units were no longer economical and would be shut down. Units 1 and 2 will stop operating in a few weeks.Puget has to stop using coal power under Washington law by the end of 2025. Other Colstrip owners are also making exit plans. Spokane-based Avista Corp. told The Billings Gazette last week that plans are being made to exit in 2025, although currently it plans to exit by 2027. PacifiCorp plans to exit in 2027. Portland General Electric plans to exit no later than 2035, although it plans to pay off its Colstrip debt by 2030 and taper off of coal power over time.[Tom Lutey]More: NorthWestern Energy plans to buy bigger stake in Colstrip power plant for $1 Montana’s largest utility to boost stake in Colstrip coal plantlast_img read more

ICC calls for more Sudan war crimes suspects to surrender

first_imgTopics : The International Criminal Court called on Wednesday for Sudanese war crimes suspects to turn themselves in, just a day after longtime fugitive militiaman Ali Kushayb surrendered to The Hague. ICC lawyer Fatou Bensouda said during a United Nations Security Council videoconference that Kushayb — who is suspected of crimes against humanity in Darfur — “was transferred to the court following his surrender” in the Central African Republic.Bensouda congratulated Chad, France, the Netherlands and the UN mission in the Central African Republic but did not offer any other details about Kushayb’s arrest.  “There should be no escape from justice for perpetrators of the world’s most serious crimes under international law,” she said, calling on others to surrender themselves. “I take this opportunity to call Abdallah Banda and all the ICC suspects to surrender to the ICC and answer the charges against them through a fair, objective and independent judicial process.”Kushayb has been wanted by international law enforcement since 2007 for his role as head of the Janjaweed militia. He is also a former close ally of ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir, himself wanted by the ICC and currently detained in Khartoum. center_img Abdallah Banda has been wanted for war crimes since 2019 by the ICC, which is also searching for two other individuals related to the case.  The Security Council members who helped found the ICC (Belgium, Dominican Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Nigeria, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, South Africa, Tunisia and Britain) in a joint statement underlined their commitment to fighting against impunity from war crimes. “We reiterate our commitment to uphold and defend the principles and values enshrined in the Rome Statute and to preserve its integrity undeterred by any threats against the Court, its officials and those cooperating with it,” the statement said. The United States is not a member of the ICC and Russia resigned from the group in 2016. last_img read more

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