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Letter: Oppose exemption for multiple wells – Billings Gazette, March 12, 2017

House Bill 339, which is being considered in the Legislature, revises the current laws related to exempt appropriations of water. It is disappointing this bill completely ignores the 2016 Supreme Court ruling invalidating the “exempt well loophole.” Instead, it changes the language that the court rejected and will allow the drilling of multiple exempt wells […]


Guest opinion: PACE can power up Montana economy – Billings Gazette, March 11, 2017

By Jay Cederberg This winter, many of Montana’s families and businesses are facing high utility bills resulting from old or inefficient homes and buildings that are in need of upgrades. While improvements like more insulation or a more efficient boiler could save property owners money on utilities over the long term, the upfront cost of […]

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Letter: Urge legislators to support PACE bill – Missoulian, March 8, 2017

In order to better serve building owners and to provide lots of jobs in energy efficiency, High Plains Architects urges the Montana Legislature to pass PACE-enabling legislation, Senate Bill 330. Many of us are aware that energy-efficiency is one of the best investments available, as the utility savings can be far greater than the cost […]

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Letter: PACE would help Montana businesses – Billings Gazette, Feb. 7, 2017

PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) is a program that will save businesses money and create local jobs in Montana, without costing our government a dime. It needs to be enabled by the Montana legislature and has already passed in 33 states across the country (including Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Texas.) I am a small-business owner […]

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Letter: Give neighbors notice before drilling – Billings Gazette, Feb. 5, 2017

I thank the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation for passing a drilling notification rule in December 2016. After almost two years of debate over notification, the board approved a rule requiring owners of occupied structures within 1,320 feet of a new gas or oil well to be notified of new drilling operations before […]


Letter: Saving energy a wise investment – Billings Gazette, Feb. 3, 2017

Conserving energy is a gift to your pocketbook, as well as a gift to the next generation. But it can involve a front-end investment that is beyond many budgets. That high-efficiency furnace, that extra insulation, those vastly improved window — pricey at the onset, but smart in the long-run. The legislature in Montana will soon […]

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Letter: Clean energy effort benefits all – Billings Gazette, Jan. 31, 2017

I encourage Montana’s legislators to support Property Assessed Clean Energy. PACE will make financing energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation upgrades to existing buildings more affordable. PACE is a private financing option that the local government facilitates through tax assessments, similar to other property assessments for things like sidewalks and parks. PACE is a […]

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Letter: Urge legislators to enable PACE – Billings Gazette, Jan. 29, 2017

Montana’s people deserve opportunities to invest in our properties. During this state legislative session, our legislators are going to have the opportunity to enable the “PACE” program in Montana — legislation that would make a real, tangible difference for Montana’s property owners and their wallets. PACE, or Property Assessed Clean Energy, would open up financing […]

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