NW Energy’s proposed gas-fired plant in Laurel facing scrutiny

HELENA — Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on NorthWestern Energy’s request for pre-approval of 225 megawatts of new electricity resources – including construction of a 175-megawatt natural gas-fired plant in Laurel.

NorthWestern Energy’s proposal to build a 175-megawatt power plant fired by natural gas in Laurel, to help serve its Montana customers, is facing plenty of scrutiny over whether it’s the best choice for consumers and the environment.