By Max Savage Levenson, Big Sky Chat House
When it comes to making sense of the future of energy in Montana, Derf Johnson knows the lay of the land better than nearly anyone else. Johnson currently serves as the Deputy Director of the advocacy organization Montana Environmental Information Center (MEIC), which turned 50 this year. Over the course of his thirteen years at MEIC, Johnson has served in several other roles, including Water Program Director and Staff Attorney.
Read on as Johnson highlights his frustrations with state lawmakers’ approach to energy policy, flags some of the most promising utility-scale and residential emissions-reduction programs funded by the IRA, offers advice for discussing the economics of clean energy with skeptical audiences and much more.