HB 487, by Rep. Derek Skees (R-Kalispell), would completely undermine Montana’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) goal of incentivizing new renewable energy by allowing 100+ year old hydroelectric dams to count toward the standard.
The entire purpose of the RPS was to result in new, additional renewable energy and economic development. This has been successful so far. HB 487 does the exact opposite by allowing 100+ year old hydro dams to count.
Passed the House Energy Committee on a 7-5 vote. Passed the House Floor on a 64-32 vote. Passed the Senate Energy Committee on an 8-5 vote. Passed the Senate Floor on a 31-18 vote.
This bill was vetoed by Governor Bullock.