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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: Hearing Occurred in Senate Energy on March 21st. (Passed House, 68-32.) | 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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HB 216 - Wind Project Bonding and Decommissioning

HB 216 places reasonable bonding and decommissioning requirements on wind development. Projects would be required to develop a decommissioning plan as well as post a bond – administered by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality – to allow for reclamation of lands impacted by wind projects. Provisions exist for developers to appeal bonding amounts if deemed […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Passed House Energy, Technology, and Federal Relations committee 15-1. Passed House 2nd Reading 97-3. | Official legislative site

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SB 032 - Repeal of Community Renewable Energy Projects

UPDATE (3-24-17): 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: 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 they would need 20-year minimum contracts in order to finance projects. Contracts greater than 20 years are standard […]

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MEIC's Position: Oppose | Current bill status: Hearing Occurred in House Energy, Technology, & Federal Relations on March 10th. | 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: Passed House Energy, Technology, & Federal Relations, 12-4, on March 10th. | Official legislative site

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HB 475 - Utility Accountability for Electric and Gas Rates

HB 475 would make clear the Public Service Commission’s (PSC) authority to initiate a general rate case for electricity and gas rates at any time it is considered in the public interest and deemed appropriate. Currently, uncertainty exists about the PSC’s ability to initiate a general rate case on its own. NorthWestern Energy had its last electric […]

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MEIC's Position: Support | Current bill status: Hearing Occurred in Senate Energy and Telecommunications on March 21st. (Passed House, 80-20.) | Official legislative site

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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: Hearing Occurred in House Energy, Technology, & Federal Relations on February 3rd. (Passed Senate, 31-18.) | 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. | 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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