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Net metering is a policy that allows individuals and businesses that install a wind, solar, or micro-hydro system on their own property to receive credit on their energy bill for any extra energy produced that goes onto the grid. Renewable energy system owners only get credit when their system puts this extra energy onto the grid – energy that NorthWestern Energy turns around and sells to others on the grid.
Currently there are two good bills in the House that would improve and expand net metering – and they need your help.
When the Republican controlled legislature first passed Net Metering in 1999, it found that “it is in the public interest to promote net metering because it encourages private investment in renewable energy resources, stimulates Montana’s economic growth, and enhances the continued diversification of the energy resources used in Montana.”
We couldn’t agree more.
Take action today to support net metering! Please use the tool on this page to contact the members of the House Energy committee. The message sent reads as follows:
I am contacting you to request that you vote in favor of HB 34 and HB 52.
HB 34 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.
HB 52 would provide certainty for current and future net metering customers by making sure they are grandfathered into the rates they are paid for excess energy put onto the grid, regardless of any changes to that rate in the future. Providing this certainty is just good state policy: if Montana residents and businesses make a long-term investment and sign a contract for a net metered system based on a rate set by the state, the state should honor that rate going forward.
The passage of these bills would help Montanan’s increase their energy independence while creating jobs and saving customers money.
Thank you for your consideration.