The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is out for comment until June 16 on a name change for the operator of the coal-fired, 2,094-MW Colstrip power plant, from PPL Montana LLC to Talen Montana LLC.
This is part of a larger IPO, which officially launched on June 1, where PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) has turned over several of its power plants, including its stake in Colstrip, to the newly-formed Talen Energy, which is now one of the largest independent power producers in the U.S. Other PPL coal plants that went to Talen Energy are the Montour and Brunner Island facilities in Pennsylvania.
Talen Montana operates Colstrip Units 1, 2, 3, and 4, which are tangential coal-fired boilers, and associated equipment for the generation of electricity. It co-owns the plant with several other entitiies. Except for the name, the company will continue with the same legal ownership interest and operator role concerning the Colstrip Steam Electric Station. Personnel, assets and organization will continue as is, the DEQ noted.