Clean Renewable Energy
Northern Plains members advocate for energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy such as wind and solar, based on the belief that a common-sense energy policy can keep energy costs down and bring broader prosperity to Montana communities. We must shift away from fossil fuels and embrace a forward-thinking energy future that works for all Montanans.
The cheapest energy is the energy we don’t use. However, many of Montana’s families and businesses experience high utility bills because of old, inefficient buildings in need of upgrades.
Energy efficiency upgrades can save Montanans money, but affording the upfront costs can be a challenge. Northern Plains is working to make energy efficiency upgrades more affordable by creating new financing programs that enable anyone to afford the up-front cost.
We are working to pass legislation in 2019 that would enable Montanans to make energy efficient and water conservation upgrades to their buildings with no upfront cost. Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) is one of the most immediate ways to fight the impacts of climate change while also saving Montanans money. Want to stay in the know as our bill moved through the 2019 Montana Legislature? Click here to sign up for text updates!
Montana has a vast supply of clean energy resources. Developing these resources – namely solar and wind power, biodiesel, geothermal, and energy efficient technologies –we can create new jobs and economic development across the state while also protecting clean air and water, farm and ranch families, and our unique quality of life.
Northern Plains promotes distributed solar and wind energy (through net metering) and local, community ownership of clean energy systems so that all Montanans can:
- Take control of future energy costs.
- Become energy independent.
- Embrace renewable energy innovation.
- Access solar and wind energy. Learn more about Community Solar »
Rural Electric Co-ops
Northern Plains strives to ensure that rural electric cooperatives work openly with members to achieve affordable power by adopting cleaner, cheaper, faster energy solutions.
Co-ops were the pioneering leaders behind the electrification and modernization of rural America beginning in 1935. They were founded on the cooperative principle of member control, which makes them unique in that their customers are also their member-owners. Over the last few decades, rural electric co-ops have become less innovative and open to member participation. Our co-ops must return to the principles on which they were founded and support rural economic progress by promoting clean energy, and democratic member participation.