Montana Environmental Information Center

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Use MEIC’s Legislative Bill Tracker tool to stay current with the most recent legislative happenings. You can see where a bill is in the process, read facts about different legislative proposals, and contact legislators about specific pieces of legislation.

Bills MEIC Support | Bills MEIC Oppose
SJ 5 - A Resolution Requesting a Study to Phase Out Coal

This resolution would request an interim study to investigate the mining and burning of coal in Montana and any consequences of significant reductions in coal mining and usage. Burning of coal is a significant source of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. Clean energy is becoming more affordable across the world, and in many cases has become cheaper […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Hearing scheduled for 1/25 in Senate Natural Resources. | Official legislative site

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SB 109 - Expanding MEPA’s Reach

This bill would restore the review process of the Montana Environmental Policy Act so that under environmental impact statements agencies may examine and analyze the environmental impacts beyond Montana’s borders.    

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Hearing Wednesday, January 25th, 3:00PM, Room 303 | Official legislative site

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SB 11 - Regular updates to net meter interconnection standards

This bill would require the Public Service Commission to review and update, if necessary, the interconnection requirements and rules for net metering customers.The current interconnection standards are badly out-of-date for NorthWestern Energy and it would be good policy in times of rapid advancements in energy technologies to revise the rules regularly.

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Hearing Occurred in Senate Energy and Telecommunications committee on January 19th | Official legislative site

SB 32 - Repeal of Community Renewable Energy Projects

SB 32 would also hurt jobs in Montana by repealing the Community Renewable Energy Projects (CREPs) provision of the Renewable Energy Standard. Community renewable energy projects are majority locally owned projects that put the clean energy they produce on the grid right here in Montana. Montana Dakota Utilities is in compliance with CREPs – only […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Passed out of Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee | Official legislative site

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SB 7 - Discrimination against net metering customers

This bill attempts to discriminate against net metering by saying only customers using net metering may not be cross-subsidized by other customers, despite the fact that many customers on the grid are currently subsidized by others. For example, customers in rural and remote areas require higher costs to provide service due to the extensive transmission and […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Passed out of Senate Energy and Telecommunications committee | Official legislative site

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SB 1 - Adding unnecessary extra costs to net metered systems

This bill would pile new and unnecessary costs onto net metering customers by requiring the purchase of advanced meter and inverter technologies. A goal of the bill is to achieve a level of safety and reliability from net metered systems by requiring these device purchases, however these goals are already achieved through current net metering interconnection standards […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Hearing Occurred in Senate Energy and Telecommunications committee on January 10th | Official legislative site

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HB 215 - Repeal the Oil & Gas Tax Holiday

This bill would repeal the oil and gas tax holiday currently in place for new oil and gas wells.  Currently, oil and gas wells pay virtually no taxes in the first 12-18 months of production, which is also typically the most productive time period for a well. Currently, natural gas and oil is taxed on the […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Hearing occurred in House Taxation Committee on January 19th | Official legislative site

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LC 1470 - Recognizing Source Watersheds as a Water Resource

This bill would allow for source watersheds to be considered for the Montana Renewable Resource Grant and Loan Program. This bill would protect the people’s right to enjoy the benefits of the state’s water and renewable sources. The grant and loan programs would provide financial assistance for entities to protect watersheds, which are an integral part of maintaining […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Draft Ready for Delivery | Official legislative site

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HB 52 - Grandfather existing customer-generator net metering rates

Grandfathers existing net metering customers into the current rate paid for excess clean energy put onto the grid. This bill is important to provide certainty to current and future net metering customer generators as to the rate they will be compensated for clean energy they put onto the grid. When the Republican controlled legislature first passed net […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Hearing Occurred in House Federal Relations, Energy, and Telecommunications on January 9th | Official legislative site

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HB 34 - Increase net metering cap for certain customer generators

This bill would increase the net metering system cap size for government entities in Montana from 50 kilowatts to 250 kilowatts, allowing our schools, universities, tribes, cities, and state and federal government agencies to better control their utility bills while also creating jobs for Montanans. The system cap should be increased for all customer generators, […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Hearing Occurred in House Federal Relations, Energy, and Telecommunications on January 9th | Official legislative site

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