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Representative Daniel Zolnikov

Representative Daniel Zolnikov.

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 NorthWestern Energy customers. The fee unfairly disadvantages Montana wind energy producers from selling electricity to out-of-state markets. It also increases energy costs for ratepayers in Montana.

HR 2 would be a statement by the Montana House of Representatives that BPA should eliminate this federal tax.

2 Responses to " Eliminate BPA Tax on Montana Electricity "

  1. […] Service Commission supports the elimination of the fee. The 2017 Montana House of Representatives passed a resolution by Rep. Zolnikov (R-Billings) supporting the elimination of this fee. Now Senator Tester has […]

  2. […] HR 2 (Rep. Daniel Zolnikov, R-Billings) requires that a strongly worded letter be sent from the Montana House of Representatives to the Bonneville Power Administration, asking it to remove an unnecessary federal transmission fee that is imposed on Montana wind energy sent to Oregon and Washington. […]

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