Three district-based seats on the five-member Montana Public Service Commission, which regulates monopoly utilities including power companies such as NorthWestern Energy. Commissioners are elected to four-year terms. The remaining two commissioners, Randy Pinocci and Brad Johnson, are out-of-cycle in 2020, though Johnson is running for secretary of state.
Public Service Commission
Representing Billings and southeast Montana. Incumbent Tony O’Donnell is seeking re-election.
Representing Bozeman, Butte and southwest Montana. Incumbent Roger Koopman is facing term limits.
On the issues
How would you assess the performance of the current Public Service Commission?
Utility regulation is highly technical work that involves complex legal and engineering issues. What experience do you have that makes you confident you’ll be able to effectively parse detailed briefing materials and fairly evaluate competing arguments from business representatives and environmental advocates?
In addition to energy companies, the PSC regulates telephone companies, garbage haulers and passenger motor carriers. There has been some discussion in recent years about adding hospital oversight to the commission’s responsibilities as well. Do you think the PSC has appropriate regulatory scope?
Do you think the current Public Service Commission has placed appropriate weight on climate change considerations?
Do you think the current Public Service Commission has placed appropriate weight on preserving the economic benefits of coal generating plants in Colstrip and Sidney?
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