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By Eric Dietrich
Montana Free Press 

High court avoids 'impermissible bias' question in solar utility ruling

Lower-court judge had called utility commissioners biased against solar development


September 30, 2020

HELENA - The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a ruling from last year in which a state District Court judge criticized the Montana Public Service Commission's handling of a rate contract dispute between a solar power developer and NorthWestern Energy.

However, the high court declined in its Sept. 22 ruling to review a portion of Judge James Manley's June 2019 order that concluded the utility commissioners had violated the solar developer's due process rights by publishing newspaper op-eds and making other public statements critical of renewable energy sources or climate change science.


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