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Bills MEIC Support | Bills MEIC Oppose
SB 007 - Discrimination Against Net Metering Customers

This would discriminate against net-metered customers by saying they – and only they – may not benefit from a “subsidy.” This bill runs contrary to reality. The grid is full of customers who cost more or less than others to serve and yet are charged the same rate. For example, rural and remote residential customers […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Passed House Energy Committee 8-7. (Passed Senate, 31-18.) | Official legislative site

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SB 337 - Eliminating Protection for Public Health and Safety

SB 337 would eliminate the Montana Board of Environmental Review. The BER has oversight authority over the Department of Environmental Quality for rule-making, as well as deciding challenges to permit decisions and enforcement actions. The BER acts as an independent body that determines whether DEQ follows the law and whether rules need to be changed to […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Hearing Occurred in Senate Natural Resources on March 22nd. | Official legislative site

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SB 032 - Repeal of Community Renewable Energy Projects

UPDATE (3-28-17): SB 32 passed the legislature and is awaiting Governor Bullock’s action. Call and email him today and ask him to please veto this bill: 406-444-3111, [email protected], or use the tool on the right. SB 32 would prevent jobs and new clean energy in Montana by repealing the Community Renewable Energy Projects (CREPs) provision of the […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Passed House 59-39. Passed Senate 31-19. Waiting for Governor Action. | Official legislative site

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SB 102 - Artificially Limit Clean Energy Development

SB 102 would place a 20-year maximum on contracts for wind and solar projects trying to utilize a federal law that encourages alternative energy production. Clean energy project developers, as well as the Montana Bankers Association, testified to the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee they would need 20-year minimum contracts in order to finance projects. Contracts […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Hearing Occurred in House Energy, Technology, & Federal Relations on March 10th. (Passed Senate, 25-24.) | Official legislative site

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SB 078 - Attack on Net Metering Rates

SB 78 attacks solar energy development in Montana by mandating changes to rules that are currently set by the experts at the Public Service Commission (PSC), including: Mandating net metering credits be valued at avoided cost. “Avoided cost” is a specific ratemaking method that was designed for use with large, centralized power plants that remain in […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Hearing Occurred in House Energy, Technology, & Federal Relations on March 8th. Passed Senate 30-19. | Official legislative site

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SB 154 - Eliminate Net Metering Incentives

SB 154 would harm solar jobs and investments in Montana by eliminating modest incentives for net metered clean energy systems. Montana’s solar industry is on the cusp of explosive growth that would create new, good paying jobs across the state. Instead of seeking to help these new jobs and businesses grow, this bill bluntly targets only […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Hearing Occurred in House Energy, Telecommunications, & Federal Relations committee on March 20th. (Passed Senate, 33-17.) | Official legislative site

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HB 205 - Annual Fees for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

This bill, as amended, would impose a $95 annual fee on electric vehicles and a $30 fee on “hybrid” vehicles. The definition of hybrid is poorly worded and could include a wide range of vehicles such as flex fuel and bi-fuel. The bill uses fuzzy math to calculate the amount electric and hybrid vehicle owners should […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Senate Transportation Committee Vote Failed, 5-5 on March 23rd. Remains in Committee. (Passed House 56-42.) | Official legislative site

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HB 219 - Premature Action on Net Metering

HB 219, by Rep. Zach Brown (D-Bozeman), would require the Public Service Commission (PSC) to set minimum standards for conducting a cost-benefit analysis of net metering. NorthWestern Energy would then complete the study before a specified date: April 1, 2018. The PSC would use the utility’s results to determine any changes to be made to the net […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Passed Senate Energy & Telecommunications, 13-0, on March 23rd. (Passed House, 98-1.) | Official legislative site

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