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SB 007 - Discrimination Against Net Metering Customers

UPDATE: SB 7 passed the legislature, but was vetoed by Governor Bullock. Montanans deserve the freedom to make their own energy choices. We witnessed that with the outpouring of public support for the Solar Jobs and Energy Freedom Act. Across Montana, people from all walks of life agree that solar is the Montana way. Montanans are […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Vetoed by Governor Bullock. Passed Senate, 31-18. Passed House, 56-42. | Official legislative site

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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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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: Vetoed 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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SB 032 - Repeal of Community Renewable Energy Projects

UPDATE (4-10-17): SB 32 passed the legislature. Governor Bullock vetoed the bill. SB 32 would prevent jobs and new clean energy in Montana by repealing the Community Renewable Energy Projects (CREPs) provision of the Renewable Energy Standard. These projects are 25 megawatts or less in size and have majority local ownership. MDU met its requirement […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Vetoed by Governor Bullock. (Passed House, 59-39. Passed Senate, 31-19.) | 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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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: Passed House 57-42. Passed Senate, 33-17. Vetoed by Governor Bullock. | Official legislative site

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HB 205 - Annual Fees for Electric Vehicles

This bill, as amended, would impose a $95 annual fee on electric vehicles and increase the fee $3 for every cent increase in the gas tax. It would also impose a fee on other alternative fuels like propane and Liquified Natural Gas (LNG). There are only about 400 electric vehicles in Montana, putting them squarely […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Passed Senate and House. Vetoed by the Governor. | 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 and House. Signed by the Governor. | Official legislative site

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