Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Rockies Today, Oct. 4

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Utility says BPA decision could end plans for Montana-Idaho line
NorthWestern Energy officials said they may write off the $24 million the company has already spent on groundwork for the Mountain States Transmission Intertie project, after Bonneville Power Administration indicated that it would not use the proposed Montana-Idaho power line to provide capacity in southern Idaho.
Montana Standard (AP); Oct. 4

Federal grid plans concern Montana electric co-operatives
At the annual meeting of the Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association in Great Falls this week, members are discussing how the federal government's plan to expand the national power grid will affect consumer rates.
Great Falls Tribune; Oct. 4

Montana company sends first oilsands modules lumbering to Alberta
The first of 29 massive steel modules constructed by Bay Ltd. at its Billings factory hit the road Monday after getting a state permit to travel Montana's back roads to oilsands operations in Alberta.
Billings Gazette; Oct. 4

BLM selects preferred route for Idaho-Wyoming transmission line
The Bureau of Land Management released its preferred route for the 1,100-mile-long Gateway West Transmission Line project between southern Idaho and southern Wyoming.
Twin Falls Times-News; Oct. 4

Wyoming county gives 1,000-turbine wind farm the green light
Now that Power Co. of Wyoming has the approval of Carbon County to build its proposed 1,000-turbine wind farm in hand, as well as all the needed federal permits, the only remaining approval it needs is from the state's Industrial Siting Council.
Casper Star-Tribune; Oct. 4

Rocky Mountain Power mulls closure of Utah coal-fired power plant
The decades-old Carbon Power Plant in Utah's Castle Gate Canyon simply lacks the room Rocky Mountain Power said it would need to install equipment necessary to bring the coal-fired plant into compliance with federal emissions regulations, which may mean the plant would be forced to shut down by 2015.
Deseret News; Oct. 1

Report warns Alberta of looming water shortages
The 18-page report released this week from the watershed protection group Water Matters said that Alberta should get serious about protecting its rivers and address the problem of overcommitment of water rights in some basins, and urged the province to adopt policies similar to those in place in Oregon.
Edmonton Journal; Oct. 4

Colorado company cuts 100 jobs at Idaho molybdenum mine
Thompson Creek Metals said it would halt work on the next phase of development at its Thompson Creek mine in Idaho and lay off 100 workers, to not only deal with the global drop in demand for molybdenum, but also to free up funds for the company's gold-and-copper mine in British Columbia that will diversify the company's production.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Oct. 4

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