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PPL Montana Community Fund announces $100,000 in grants to help strengthen communities

PPL Montana’s Community Fund will award a combined $100,000 in grants this spring to 15 nonprofit organizations across the state to support programs that help those in need, strengthen local communities and preserve the region’s rich heritage.

The new round of grants raises to more than $1.9 million the amount PPL Montana’s Community Fund has contributed to local organizations over the past nine years.

“At PPL Montana, we’re pleased to be able to give back in a way that strengthens the communities we call home,” said Lisa Perry, manager of Community Affairs for PPL Montana.

The Community Fund awards $100,000 in grants each spring and fall. Grants range from $1,000 to $10,000 and support programs that improve the quality of life in the state. Grant recipients are selected by an advisory board that includes 18 individuals from the company and local communities.

Recipients are chosen from among dozens of grant applications. To read more, click here

PPL Montana to resume work on Hebgen Dam

PPL Montana is making preparations to resume major construction work for the season on the intake rehabilitation project at Hebgen Dam.  In January, drilling crews resumed work on the post-tensioned multi-strand anchors behind the intake and are currently still working on that part of the project.

Snowpack in the mountains above Hebgen is slightly above normal at this time, and depending on weather conditions in the coming weeks, PPL Montana hopes to transfer river flow to the spillway and resume work on the intake in mid-May.  This year will be a busy one on the project and the schedule, at this time, takes the project through the installation of the new gates.  Early in 2015 all of the equipment and controls for the gates will be installed.  Demolition of the cofferdam is planned for the spring of 2015 after which the rehabilitated intake will be fully operational.

PPL Montana supports Energy Share

Click here to learn more about PPL Montana's support for a program that helps low-income families pay their heating bills.

PPL Montana reaches agreement to sell hydroelectric facilities

PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) announced Thursday (9/26) that its PPL Montana, LLC subsidiary has reached an agreement to sell its hydroelectric facilities to NorthWestern Energy for $900 million in cash, subject to certain adjustments.  Read more >>

Colstrip economic impact study details positive effects of the power plant on Montana's economy, families

The Colstrip power plant has far-reaching, positive effecclick to view full reportts on the economy, jobs and the quality of life in Montana, according to the results of a study. >>_read_more

Temporary trail, public access re-opens at Black Eagle Memorial Island Recreation Area

PPL Montana, in consultation with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, has re-opened the Black Eagle Memorial Island Recreation Area in Great Falls, associated parking area and a portion of the River’s Edge Trail. The recreation area is off North River Road near the Black Eagle Community Center.

The temporary closure which ended Dec. 1, 2012 protected the public from an area of power line construction activities and substation work associated with the Black Eagle power house.

Community Fund
Recognizing the important role that communities play in the lives of Montana families, PPL Montana is continuing its partnership with organizations that address major quality-of-life issues. PPL Montana awards $200,000 each year. >>_read_more...

Patrick Barkey, director of the University of Montana's Bureau of Business and Economic Research, discusses the economic impact of the Colstrip power plant on eastern Montana. Click here to view video.

Click here to view 'Restoring the Treasure,' a PPL Montana-sponsored film about the restoration of the O'Dell Creek wetlands in the Madison River Valley near Ennis, Mont.
 07.10PPL Montana dedicates new powerhouse at century-old Rainbow hydroelectric facility
PPL Montana reduces flow from Hebgen Lake due to low lake levels
 05.30PPL Montana Community Fund announces $100,000 in grants to help strengthen communities
 05.14PPL Montana announces temporary public access closure of Morony Dam River Access Site
 04.30PPL Montana completes $209 million expansion of Rainbow hydroelectric plant
 04.29PPL Montana’s Colstrip power plant announces “A Letter Home” winners
 04.09PPL Montana continues work on Hebgen Dam
 03.28Montana schools awarded PPL Montana environmental education grants
 02.15PPL Montana’s support of Energy Share will help low-income families stay warm
 02.11PPL Montana announces 2013 funding for fisheries, wildlife and habitat enhancement projects on the Madison and Missouri rivers
 1.23.PPL Montana to donate digital speed indicator sign to Cascade County Sheriff’s Office
 01.16PPL Montana Accepting Applications for Share of $100,000 in Community Fund Grants
 01.15PPL Montana welcomes applications for environmental education grants
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