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2010 News Articles

Following are news articles from 2010 regarding the Beartooth Electric. Please click on the file name to view.

Southern Montana Electric approves rate hike
Dec 17, 2010 – Billings Gazette
The first phase of the Highwood Generation Station under construction near Great Falls could be online as soon as May or June, said Tim Gregori, CEO of Southern Montana Electric.

Gazette, Southern Montana Electric argue open meeting case
Nov. 17, 2010 – Billings Gazette
Meetings of the Southern Montana Electric Cooperative should be open to the public because it accepted public money from a public entity when it received $2 million from the city of Great Falls, an attorney for The Billings Gazette argued in court Wednesday.

Electric City Power's fate still in the air
Nov 09, 2010 – Great Falls Tribune
City Manager Greg Doyon added some of the city's fewer than 20 electricity customers have been discussing the idea of forming an electric cooperative from which they could buy power.
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NorthWestern Energy considers acquiring city's electric business
Nov 06, 2010 – Great Falls Tribune
Great Falls buys its electricity wholesale from the Southern Montana Electric Generation & Transmission Cooperative, then sells it to other government agencies, nonprofit groups and area businesses.
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City power entity out of lawsuit
Oct 30, 2010 – Great Falls Tribune
Electric City Power and its parent, the city of Great Falls, have escaped a lawsuit involving feuding members of a six-member Billings-based electric cooperative.
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Tide turns at Beartooth Electric
Sep 25, 2010 – Billings Gazette
As a wave of anti-incumbency sweeps the nation, so went elections for the Beartooth Electric Cooperative’s board.

Beartooth meeting offers key opportunity for member input
Sep 23, 2010 – Billings Gazette
In years past, a free lunch and a goody bag have enticed members to Beartooth Electric Cooperative’s annual meeting in September.

Southern’s board approves settlement over Highwood Plant in Great Falls
Aug 20, 2010 – Billings Gazette
The board of Southern Montana Electric Generation and Transmission Cooperative on Friday ratified a settlement that will allow the co-op to continue working on a gas-fired power plant east of Great Falls.

Gazette sues Southern Montana Electric
Jun 21, 2010 – Billings Gazette
The Billings Gazette sued Southern Montana Electric Cooperative on Monday, seeking to prevent it from holding closed meetings.

Beartooth Co-op members launch petition for mail ballots, easier access to information
Jul 21, 2010 – Billings Gazette
Burt Williams and Charles Sangmeister, both members of the Beartooth Electric Cooperative, are all for member involvement when it comes to their electric cooperative.

Electric co-op members shut out of meeting again
May 20, 2010 – Billings Gazette
Great Falls resident Aart Dolman rose at 4 a.m. Thursday to drive to Billings to attend the monthly board meeting of the Southern Montana Electric Cooperative.   

Wyoming group considers splitting off from electric co-op
Apr 29, 2010 – Billings Gazette
A newly formed group in Clark, Wyo., is considering splitting off from the Red Lodge-based Beartooth Electric Co-op and developing its own source of electricity.

Southern Montana Electric Cooperative closes annual meeting
Mar 19, 2010 – Billings Gazette
The Southern Montana Electric Cooperative closed its annual meeting this morning, refusing access to seven people from one of its member cooperatives.

Co-op to keep its meeting closed
Mar 17, 2010  – Billings Gazette
The Southern Montana Electric Cooperative closed its annual meeting Friday, refusing access to seven people from one of its member cooperatives.

Financing for power plant ‘just around the corner’
Feb 07, 2010 – Billings Gazette
Financing for the first stage of the proposed Highwood Generation Station is drawing ever closer, says Southern Montana Electric’s CEO Tim Gregori.