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Bill to kill Obama coal rule divides Tester, Daines – Billings Gazette, Feb. 4, 2017

By Tom Lutey One of Barack Obama’s last executive orders concerning coal divided Montana’s U.S. senators as a bipartisan group of the lawmakers voted this week to kill the former president’s “stream protection rule.” Four coal state Democrats joined Republicans in scrapping former President Obama’s rule, which Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., called “devastating to Montana’s […]


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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Letter: Proposed law good for Montana’s energy future – Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Jan. 28, 2017

Our 2017 Montana Legislature has an opportunity to pass PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy), and we can help it cross the finish line. We’re committed to more clean energy in our communities, and PACE is a simple way to make that happen with no upfront costs! PACE provides financing from private lenders for upgrades in […]

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Guest editorial: Enable PACE for more local economic development – Helena Independent Record, Jan. 27, 2017

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 more money on utilities than they cost, over the long term, the upfront cost […]


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 […]


Trump’s oil pipeline decisions praised, criticized in Montana – Great Falls Tribune, Jan. 26, 2017

By Karl Puckett Two major oil pipeline projects, derailed in 2015 by President Barack Obama, are back on track, with President Donald Trump signing executive actions Tuesday to advance construction. The decisions reviving the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines prompted praise and criticism in Montana. “After years of talk and political nonsense, I couldn’t be […]