Energy Connections Newsletter

March 2023


• Yellowstone County Generating Station • Annual pipeline inspections • From the mailbag • Cheeseburger egg roll recipe

South Dakota/Nebraska

• Pipeline safety • Pipeline inspections • From the mailbag • Cheeseburger Egg Roll Recipe

Call Before You Dig

No project is too small. If it requires a shovel, call 811 or visit at least two full business days before you begin your project.

February 2023

Montana/South Dakota/Nebraska

• Winter energy bills • How to read your bill • Taking care of your meter in winter • Powerline safety • Budget Billing • Pork Tenderloin with Veggies Recipe

Pipeline Safety Facts & Statistics

Pipelines are the safest way to transport energy products like natural gas, crude oil and other fuels. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regulates pipelines with the help of their state partners.

According to government and industry statistics, the most common cause of pipeline incidents is improper or unauthorized digging near a pipeline, which is why it’s important to call 811 before you dig. Pipeline operators carefully build, maintain and monitor the integrity and security of their lines.

Special Notice for Montana customers:

NorthWestern Energy will acquire Avista’s ownership of the Colstrip plant in Montana with no purchase price.

January 2023

Montana/South Dakota/Nebraska

• Efficiency tips • Staying safe in a power outage • Plowing safely • Natural gas safety • Taco Spaghetti recipe

Know what to do if you smell natural gas

Leave the area immediately and call 911 from another location. NorthWestern Energy makes it easy for you to detect natural gas leaks by adding an odorant to give it an unpleasant rotten egg or skunk-like smell.

Special Notice for Huron customers:

New hours for our Huron walk-in office

Special Insert

Announcing a new electronic payment service.