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  • NorthWestern Opens Customer Walk-In Office in Butte

    Jul 13, 2015

    Butte, Mont. – July 13, 2015 – NorthWestern Energy is happy to announce the opening of a walk-in office for customers in Butte, a step aimed at providing additional personal service options to customers. The office opening is part of a larger initiative to open similar offices and improve customer service across Montana.

    The Butte office, located at 400 Oxford St., just west of Montana Street, adjoins NorthWestern’s Butte Service Center. The walk-in office space has undergone extensive remodeling and is geared towards allowing customers to work one-on-one with NorthWestern representatives on bill payment, account questions, service requests and other company programs.

    “We offer a variety of avenues for our customers to interact with us and all of them are important,” said Bobbi Schroeppel, NorthWestern’s vice president -- Customer Care, Communications and Human Resources. “But based on our experiences elsewhere in our service territory, we realized that many of our Montana customers would enjoy the ability to interact with our employees and learn about our services on a face-to-face basis.”

    The walk-in offices represent an additional service offering to customers, who can still contact and do business with NorthWestern by phone at (888) 467-2669 or via the Web at northwesternenergy.com. There will be no changes to the bill payment options currently offered.

    NorthWestern Energy has operated walk-in offices in South Dakota and Nebraska for a number of years.

    “From our experience in those states, we knew that access to a full-service office is important to our customers,” said Lori St. Aubin, director -- Revenue Cycle/Customer Care. “The offices also allow us the opportunity to talk to and discuss with customers the details of our programs, from bill-payment options to energy efficiency and safety.”

    Walk-in offices for Montana utility customers were phased out in the mid-1990s by the Montana Power Co. The functions performed in those offices were merged into a customer contact center in Butte. That operation, along with a similar center in Huron, S.D., will not be affected by the new office openings. The Butte center employs nearly 50 customer service representatives that handle about 81,000 calls per month on average. The contact centers take customers calls during business hours Monday through Saturday and field emergency calls on a 24/7 basis.

    NorthWestern has opened similar offices in Missoula, Helena, Billings and Great Falls in recent months. There are also plans to open walk-in offices in Bozeman, Kalispell and Havre in the near future.

    In Butte, the office grand opening will be celebrated the week of July 13-17. There will be daily prizes valued at $100 awarded and on Friday, a drawing for an Energy Star-rated HDTV will be held in conjunction with refreshments and a ribbon-cutting at noon with community leaders and company representatives. Visit the office to enter the drawings.

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    About NorthWestern Energy
    NorthWestern Energy provides electricity and natural gas in the Upper Midwest and Northwest, serving approximately 692,600 customers in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska.  More information on NorthWestern Energy is available on the company's website at www.northwesternenergy.com.


    Media Contact:
    Butch Larcombe
    (866) 622-8081
    butch.larcombe@northwestern.com

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