SB 189, by Senators Mike Phillips (D-Bozeman) and Dick Barrett (D-Missoula), would establish a tax on greenhouse gas emissions from electric generation facilities. The bill also directs the Montana Board of Environmental Review to adopt rules governing emission reporting, a carbon offset program, and carbon fees to fund the state program. The bill also institutes a $10 carbon tax less any carbon offsets that are authorized by rule. Sources can reduce their carbon emissions obligations by 50% using carbon offsets.

The bill was heard in the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee on Thursday,  Feb. 7th; it awaits a vote in that committee.

For more information contact Malcolm Gilbert, with MEIC, at 406-443-2520.

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