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UPDATE (4-10-17): SB 32 passed the legislature. Governor Bullock vetoed the bill.

SB 32 would prevent jobs and new clean energy in Montana by repealing the Community Renewable Energy Projects (CREPs) provision of the Renewable Energy Standard. These projects are 25 megawatts or less in size and have majority local ownership. MDU met its requirement years ago, but NorthWestern Energy is only partially compliant. Passage of this bill would mean losing jobs, tax revenue and clean energy that these projects would otherwise create.

CREPs specifically promotes renewable energy projects – such as wind, solar, and small hydro – with local ownership.

  • These projects create jobs and tax revenue while putting clean energy onto the grid.
  • Montana-Dakota Utilities has met its requirement – only NorthWestern has not.
  • NorthWestern has purchased only 25 Megawatts of the required 65 Megawatts.
  • If CREPs is defended Montana will get 40 more Megawatts of clean energy and the jobs and investments they bring. If it is repealed Montana will get none.

6 Responses to " Repeal of Community Renewable Energy Projects "

  1. […] Call or e-mail the House Energy Committee and urge it to vote NO on two bills. First, SB 32 (Sen. Keith Regier, R-Kalispell) would undermine Montana’s Renewable Energy Standard by repealing […]

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

  3. […] SB 32 (Sen. Keith Regier, R-Kalispell) would undermine Montana’s Renewable Energy Standard by repealing the section of law that requires NorthWestern Energy to purchase a small portion of its electricity from community renewable energy projects, such as small-scale wind and solar projects. These projects help to diversify NorthWestern’s portfolio, protect and create jobs, and provide economic benefits to communities across the state. The bill passed both Houses and is on its way to the Governor. Contact Governor Bullock and ask him to veto this and other bad energy bills. You can reach the governor by calling (406) 444-3111 or e-mailing him at [email protected]/* */. […]

  4. […] Please contact Governor Steve Bullock and ask him to veto SB 32.  SB 154 would harm solar jobs and investments in Montana by eliminating modest incentives for net metered clean energy systems. Montana’s solar industry is on the cusp of explosive growth that would create new, good paying jobs across the state. Instead of seeking to help these new jobs and businesses grow, this bill bluntly targets only net metering tax credits for elimination. Posted on March 20th, 2017 var disqus_url = 'https://meic.org/2017/03/high-impact-actions-environment-week-march-20th/'; var disqus_identifier = '9199 https://meic.org/?p=9199'; var disqus_container_id = 'disqus_thread'; var disqus_shortname = 'meic'; var disqus_title = "High-Impact Actions for the Environment (Week of March 20th)"; var disqus_config_custom = window.disqus_config; var disqus_config = function () { /* All currently supported events: onReady: fires when everything is ready, onNewComment: fires when a new comment is posted, onIdentify: fires when user is authenticated */ this.language = ''; this.callbacks.onReady.push(function () { // sync comments in the background so we don't block the page var script = document.createElement('script'); script.async = true; script.src = '?cf_action=sync_comments&post_id=9199'; var firstScript = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; firstScript.parentNode.insertBefore(script, firstScript); }); if (disqus_config_custom) { disqus_config_custom.call(this); } }; (function() { var dsq = document.createElement('script'); dsq.type = 'text/javascript'; dsq.async = true; dsq.src = '//' + disqus_shortname + '.disqus.com/embed.js'; (document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0] || document.getElementsByTagName('body')[0]).appendChild(dsq); })(); $(function() { $( "#accordion" ).accordion({ active: false, collapsible: true }); }); […]

  5. […] clean energy bill has reached the Governor’s desk and another bad one is quickly heading his way. SB 32 would harm utility-scale clean energy projects (and undermine Montana’s Renewable Energy Standard) while SB 7 attacks rooftop solar. The […]

  6. […] SB 32 (Sen. Keith Regier, R-Kalispell) would have repealed a portion of Montana’s Renewable Energy Standard that NorthWestern Energy (NWE) has yet to comply with. Called the “Community Renewable Energy Projects” requirement, NWE still needs to acquire projects equaling 40 megawatts in size to be in compliance. For reference, 40 megawatts is the size of NWE’s second largest wind farm (Spion Kop). […]

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