Sometimes an issue gets legs. The now-defunct MPC and its Colstrip coal-powered generators provided rich material in the 1980s.
MPC’s new Colstrip units were controversial and unpopular in 1983.
After building Colstrip plants, MPC submitted a request for a massive rate hike.
MPC strongly defended its rate request to support Colstrip plants. The PSC commissioner is Clyde Jarvis.
MPC CEO Paul Schmechel offered to cut the rate request.
When the PSC denied its rate request, MPC rolled out its propoganda.
In Butte district court, Judge Sullivan ruled against the PSC.
After the district court decision, MPC applied again for a rate increase.
In the wake of the district court decision, the PSC dragged its feet on appealing to the Supreme Court.
Attorney General Mike Greely decided to pursue the appeal.
Finally, they all headed for the Supreme Court, dogged by the wicked witch herself.