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Energy & Telecommunications Committee September Update


Posted Date: 
September 7, 2012
Contact: 
Sonja Nowakowski, Committee Staff

ETIC to Consider Rural Co-op, RPS Bill Drafts

The Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee will wrap up Sept. 7 and decide whether to pursue legislation related to increased oversight of rural electric cooperatives and changes to Montana’s renewable portfolio standard.

ETIC members will spend the morning discussing draft legislation. The committee will first complete a review of Southern Montana Electric Generation and Transmission Cooperative Inc. and its recent bankruptcy and reorganization. The committee has been taking public comment on proposed legislation that imposes voting requirements on rural electric cooperatives before they make certain decisions.

The draft bill, LCet01, requires the approval of a two-thirds majority of the distribution cooperative members of a generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative before the G&T can construct certain facilities or enter into certain contracts. It also requires that two-thirds of the distribution cooperative’s board of trustees vote before decisions are made about new generation and certain contracts.

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Sonja Nowakowski | (406) 444-307 | snowakowski@mt.gov