LTE-Plains man supports Tranel for Public Service Commission

| October 14, 2020 12:00 AM

The Public Service Commission is a critical race this fall.

The PSC regulates the rates and quality of privately owned utilities. They’re to be fair to both the company and see we are not overcharged. They work for us citizens.

Last year Northwestern Energy made $200 million in profit.

Its profits have steadily been rising for 5 years. We the rate payers pay for these profits.

Monica Tranel is the best choice for PSC District 4 - she has relevant training, knowledge and experience. She worked as a staff attorney on the PSC; she worked as an attorney for Montanans in front of the PSC and in the courtroom. She recently won a lawsuit for the wind and solar industries against the PSC; the court agreed the PSC knowingly limited competition to give NWE what it wanted.

Monica’s challenge exposed the bias of the PSC and called them back to their true mission. I believe Monica would work hard for us and bring the PSC into a better balance.

I have been involved in climate change issues for years. I’ve testified in front of the PSC, where the testimonies were overwhelmingly for renewable energy, but fell on deaf ears.

Monica would guide Montana toward a renewable, reliable and affordable energy future.

Renewable energy is better for the climate, likely cheaper, and will create jobs. Colorado’s price comparison of fossil fuels verses deep decarbonizing found decarbonizing cheaper in the long – and short - run.

Having Monica Tranel will give us a good voice on the PSC.

Brad Stacey, Plains