PPL of Montana donates to Pondera Shooting Sports Club

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

It was a great day in the neighborhood on Tuesday. Of course any day is great when you are the recipient of a $5,000 grant.

Lisa Perry, the community affairs manager for PPL out of Billings, was on hand to donate a check for $5,000 to the Pondera Shooting Sports Club.

Accepting the check were John Shevlin and Dede Brown while Scott Johnson and Ruthemary Kronebusch looked on.

Johnson explained that the, “generous funding would be used to purchase gravel and finish the sideways on the outside of the north end of the building and pave a parking lot.”

Not a lot of people know about PPL which is headquartered in Billings and generates electricity at its coal-fired and hydroelectric power plants around the state.

Perry explained that PPL is fairly young, getting into the electricity market in 1997. The company is solely a generator of electricity, they do not deliver it to customers, rather what they produce is sold by a PPL marketing operation in Butte to wholesale customers such as NorthWestern Energy and to electricity cooperatives.

The company also buys and sell fuels such as coal, oil, natural gas as well as renewable energy credits.

The company employes over 500 people and pays more than $26 million in state and local taxes and regulatory fees.

Perry wanted people to know that the 2014 spring grants are being accepted now and may be applied for online.

She noted that grants have been used to support cultural programs, help establish new businesses, and restore historic buildings and that the Community Fund has awarded $100,000 in grants to 14 non-profit organizations around the state in support of local communities.

A few PPL grant recipients, besides the Pondera Shooting Sports Club, have been the Havre Chamber of Commerce to help establish a leadership high school program, the Billings public schools, the Montana Natural History Association, and Snowy Mountain Industries in Lewistown to restore a building for recycling.

For further information or to apply for a Community Fund grant, go to www.pplmontana.com and click on the Community Fund link.