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RNP Press Release
July 14, 2016

Retirement Date Set for Colstrip 1 & 2

Opportunities Abound for Clean Renewable Energy in Montana

Renewable Northwest applauds the diverse parties for resolving clean air litigation over Montana’s coal burning power plants, Colstrip Units 1 and 2, and agreeing that they will retire no later than July 2022.

In an historic agreement reached between Puget Sound Energy, Talen Energy, Sierra Club, and Montana Environmental Information Center, shutting down two of the nation’s oldest and dirtiest coal-burning power plants will reduce an estimated 5 million tons of carbon pollution each year.

“This will create opportunities for Montana to develop its abundant wind and solar energy resources, generate clean electricity to meet market demands, and free up existing transmission lines to deliver that electricity to customers throughout the region,” said Rachel Shimshak, Executive Director of Renewable Northwest. “This is another great step for the region as it leads the country toward a clean energy future.”

Renewable Northwest will continue working with our members and allies to defend, advance, and implement policies that promote responsible expansion of clean, renewable energy throughout the Northwest.

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