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Renewable Energy Incentives Survive Lobby Attack - Developers, landowners urge Montana PSC to reject small-power rule change

June 25, 2013View for printing

With most sessions now wrapped up or waning, renewable energy backers now brim with triumph and relief as they eye a legislative scorecard tilting their way.

For renewable energy supporters, this was supposed to be a year of statehouse setbacks.

"States Cooling to Renewable Energy" read the headline of a March Wall Street Journal story reporting that more than a dozen legislatures were weighing proposals to roll back or abolish mandates that utilities purchase a certain amount of renewable energy. Mandates are in place in 29 states and Washington, D.C.

By Jim Malewitz, Staff Writer

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Developers, landowners urge Montana PSC to reject small-power rule change

Developers of small renewable-power projects in Montana on Monday urged the state Public Service Commission to reject a rule change they say will sink any future projects.

At a three-hour hearing before the PSC in Helena, they said the change will simply enable NorthWestern Energy to build or buy whatever electric-power project it wants and ignore buying from small, independent projects that can benefit consumers and provide development in rural Montana.


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