Energy Connections Newsletter

June 2023

South Dakota/Nebraska

Get help with your energy bill | Streetlights | Advanced meter upgrades | Tuna noodle casserole recipe

Bright Ideas to Save

Pull the plug on your old, extra fridge and save up to $80 a year. On average, an old refrigerator uses about 35% more energy than an energy-efficient model.

Don’t fall victim to a scam

Remember, NorthWestern Energy sends multiple disconnection notices before shutting off service and offers several bill payment options.

May 2023


• Wildfire prevention • Plan where you plant • How to read your bill • Rate review update • Simple Shepherd’s Pie recipe

South Dakota/Nebraska

• Planning, planting and protecting trees and energy infrastructure • How to read your bill • Employee feature • Simple Shepherd’s Pie recipe

Go Green with Paperless Billing

Sign up for paperless billing to help reduce paper waste. Access your bills online anytime at your convenience. We will send an email to let you know when your electronic bill is available online to review.

Learn More

April 2023


• Protecting osprey • Call before you dig • Plan before you plant • Excess Gas Flow Valve Notice • Pipeline safety • Carole’s Pasties recipe

South Dakota/Nebraska

• Celebrating Earth Day • Call before you dig • Plan before you plant • Excess Gas Flow Valve Notice • Recognizing a gas pipeline leak • Carole’s Pasties recipe

Clean and Clear Your Natural Gas Meter

Remember to clear your natural gas meter of snow and ice, and shovel a pathway to your meter after each snowfall.

Visit to learn more.


Special Notice for Natural Gas Customers:

Allowing snow and ice to build up on your natural gas meter, or fall from the roof above your meter, can lead to dangerous damages.

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.