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HB 193 - Ensure Reasonable Cost Recovery By Utilities

HB 193 would ensure NorthWestern Energy and Montana Dakota Utilities are treated the same before the Public Service Commission when determining revenue recovery for outages at power plants. Specifically, this bill removes NorthWestern Energy’s exclusive ability to pass on the cost of power plant outages to customers even when the costs were imprudently incurred by the company. […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Passed Senate 29-21. Passed House, 68-32. Signed by the Governor. | Official legislative site

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HB 216 - Wind Project Bonding and Decommissioning

HB 216 would be the first time bonding and decommissioning plans are required for wind development in Montana. Projects would be required to develop a plan for decommissioning and reclamation as well as post a bond to pay for eventual implementation of the plan. The Department of Environmental Quality would set the bonding amount and administer the program. While renewable […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Signed by the Governor. (Passed House 97-2. Passed Senate 50-0.) | Official legislative site

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HR 002 - Eliminate BPA Tax on Montana Electricity

Currently, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) charges Montana energy producers and consumers a federal tax for using a short section of BPA’s 15,000 mile transmission system. This 90-mile stretch of line, from Townsend to Garrison, is critical for sending electricity to West Coast markets. It is also used to transport energy within the state for […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Resolution Adopted, 73-27, on April 12th. No further vote required. | Official legislative site

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