Senator Tom RichmondSB 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 to the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee they would need 20-year minimum contracts in order to finance projects. Contracts greater than 20 years are standard in the energy industry. NorthWestern Energy requested and received a 25-year revenue guarantee when it built its Spion Kop wind farm in 2012. Independent power producers should get equal treatment.

4 Responses to " Artificially Limit Clean Energy Development "

  1. […] including pushing numerous anti-wind and solar pieces of legislation (SB 7, SB 32, SB 78, SB 102, SB […]

  2. […] the House energy committee on SB 201, SB 7, and SB 78 today and ask them to vote NO on these bad clean energy bills. You can click on […]

  3. […] SB 102 (Sen. Tom Richmond, R-Billings) would have restricted the length of the term of contracts that independent wind and solar developers could sign with NWE to 20 years, a restriction that does not exist when the utility itself wants to build a power plant. […]

  4. […] slashing of contract lengths comes shortly after a bill to do the same thing was defeated by the Republican-controlled 2017 Montana Legislature. At the bill hearing in the […]

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