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Electric Co-op Files Lawsuit

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Four of the remaining SME Generation and transmission cooperatives are filing lawsuits to get their wholesale power contracts invalidated. The remaining 4 co-ops involved with Southern Montana Energy have filed a lawsuit to help remove themselves from the bankrupt venture.

"The remaining co-ops involved with Southern Montana Energy filed suit together against the trustee in essence against the reorganization plan, and it's kind of an interesting development because at one point those co-ops were really at odds and now that they're left together under this plan those groups are thinking what have we gotten ourselves into," explains City Manager Greg Doyon.

Back in the spring of this year the city of Great Falls exited out of Southern Montana Energy through a settlement. 

"They're actually using Yellowstone Valleys exit and the city's exit as part of their strategy in this litigation, the city is not part of this litigation, the city has made it's settlement. We're getting ready to dismantle the rest of Electric City Power and we have to go out and bid for gas and electric," says Doyon.

Since then the Electric City has been working to settle it's debt and start a new chapter with exciting things on the horizon.

"One exciting thing that we have been doing is transitioning our regional dispatch facility from the police station up next to the airport. They had constructed a facility that we have been trying to lease for years, the facility was being leased to the FAA. They shut down their operations and moved to Billings and that building has been vacant, but we're going to be able to put an emergency operation center and a regional dispatch center up there," adds Doyon.

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