To: Bonneville Power Administration

Help Create Montana Jobs

I urge the Bonneville Power Administration to enter into a power sales agreement with the Columbia Falls Aluminum Company as soon as possible so it can re-open its doors and create jobs.

Why is this important?

The Columbia Falls Aluminum Company originally provided more than 350 good-paying, union jobs. But it was shut down because of the dramatic rise in electricity costs following utility deregulation passed by the Montana state legislature.

Now, the Bonneville Power Administration is proposing to enter into a power sales agreement that would provide affordable power service to the company beginning April 1, 2012.

This agreement will allow the company to reopen its doors, creating renewed opportunities for jobs in the Flathead Valley, a region with an unemployment rate of 11.4 percent.