Montana Environmental Information Center

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The Beginning of the End for the Colstrip Plant

by Anne Hedges, September 19, 2017

The Colstrip plant will only be “useful” until 2027. That’s according to an agreement filed last week in the Puget Sound Energy (Puget) rate case in Washington. In the agreement, the parties agreed that the Colstrip plant only had 10 years remaining of useful life for Puget. In the utility world, that’s a big deal.  The Washington utilities commission will ultimately decide whether to accept the agreement, but the agreement spells the beginning of the end for the plant.

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DOE’s Grid Study: Clinging to the Past

The following is a re-post of NRDC’s John Moore and Miles Farmer response to the widely anticipated U.S. Department of Energy’s electric grid study that was released on August 23, 2017.

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Sweet Victory: Court sides with MEIC and halts expansion of largest proposed underground coal mine in the country

Once again, the smoke-filled skies across Montana are a dangerous wake-up call that climate change is real and is already harming public health and the economy. It’s long past time to do something about it, and preventing the mining and burning of coal remains the lowest hanging fruit. Coal is the biggest contributor to climate change and coal companies and the government agencies that permit their activities sign death sentences for Montanans and millions of people around the world when they continue to ignore its impacts when issuing permits. That’s why it restores our faith in government when a federal judge forces an agency to do its job and address the problem.

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Montana commission tells solar developers to get lost

[Update: The Billings Gazette has reported that PSC Commissioner Bob Lake was caught on an open microphone stating that the attacks on solar projects described below (extremely short contract lengths and undervaluing solar energy output) were set in a way that would end all solar project development. Lake’s comments came about an hour after these attacks had been finalized, demonstrating the Commission knew it’s ruling would kill solar.]

by Brian Fadie

On June 22nd the Montana Public Service Commission (Commission) went on a crusade to harm affordable solar energy development. Here’s what happened.

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2017 Montana Legislature in Review

Below is a full rundown of the good, the bad, and the ugly of the 2017 Montana Legislative Session. Follow the links for individual topics. Also, make sure to check out our 2017 Legislative Voting Record, and know how your representative and senator scored!

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U.S. Withdrawal from Paris a Tragedy and Incentive

By Anne Hedges

Trump did it again. He felt more compelled to keep an uninformed campaign promise and lie to U.S. coal miners than to maintain U.S. leadership and commitments to this country and the world. Now that is truly SAD.

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Debunking More Myths on Wind Energy

by Brian Fadie

Recently, a Montana state senator shared a link on social media pointing to a anti-renewable energy blog that claims tens of thousands of broken down wind turbines are littering the country. The blog is almost four years old, absent of corroborating sources, and long on nakedly disparaging statements about wind – credibility warning signs that one might expect would dissuade an elected official from endorsing it.

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2017 MEIC Legislative Voting Record

Since 1974, the MEIC Legislative Voting Record has provided objective, factual information about the most important environmental legislation considered, and the corresponding voting records, of all members of the Montana Senate and Montana House of Representatives. This year’s legislative scorecard includes critical votes on clean water and streamflows, clean energy, coal and fossil fuels, land use planning, climate change, environmental policy, and the Smith River mine.

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Contact the Governor – We Need Vetoes!

The Montana Legislature is in its final week, and several bad bills are heading to the Governor. The Governor is making his decision RIGHT NOW on whether to sign them into law or veto these terrible bills. Below is a quick and easy list of bills — contact the Governor and request vetos. Please help fight for our right to a clean and healthful environment. Pick one or do all four. However much you decide to do will help make a difference.

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