Category: Clean Energy

Proposed electric rate change gets static – Great Falls Tribune, Jan. 27, 2017

By Phil Drake HELENA — People who generate their own electricity told a Senate panel on Thursday that a proposed bill was unfair as it would let utilities pay them a wholesale net-metering price instead of a retail price for their extra energy and could hurt their investments and cost jobs. Senate Bill 78, sponsored […]

Letter: PACE program would help save energy – Billings Gazette, Jan. 19, 2017

Many Montanans are facing high utility bills trying to warm their homes and workplaces. Many of our homes and buildings are old or inefficient and in need of upgrades. Though these upgrades will save property owners more money on utilities than they cost over the long-term, the upfront cost of upgrades presents a financial barrier […]


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Environmentalists brace for Trump rules for fossil fuels – Billings Gazette, Dec. 2, 2016

By Tom Lutey Environmentalists from Montana to British Columbia are bracing for changes in fossil fuel policy under the Trump presidency. Representatives from three Western states and Canada said Wednesday that they expect new momentum for coal and oil shipping ports, pipelines and mining. Bozeman resident Beth Kaeding, a past chairman of the Northern Plains […]

Letter: Is PACE the future for Montana families? – Nov. 26, 2016, Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Many of us want to see a better future for Montana’s working families. I just recently learned about Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) and wanted to pass along what I know so far. PACE is a way to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation upgrades to existing buildings. These projects are funded by […]


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Letter: Energy efficiency can meet needs – Billings Gazette, Oct. 18, 2016

I was shocked to read the front-page Billings Gazette article on Oct. 11, about NorthWestern Energy’s plans to build 500 to 600 megawatts of natural gas power plants starting in 2019. Unfortunately, NorthWestern Energy continues to overlook the cleanest, cheapest, and fastest way to meet Montana’s energy needs — energy efficiency. The least costly power […]


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Guest opinion: Montana Legislature should enable PACE loans – Helena Independent Record, Oct. 2, 2016

An innovative and rapidly growing method of enabling homeowners and businesses to finance clean energy and energy efficiency upgrades could soon be a possibility in communities across the state of Montana, provided the 2017 Montana Legislature passes legislation to enable it. The innovation, called PACE loans, helps to remove the substantial upfront investment required to […]


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