MACo’s Energy Committee focuses on energy policy that balances increased domestic oil and gas and coal production on public and privately-owned lands.

MACo’s Energy Committee focuses on energy policy that balances increased domestic oil and gas and coal production on public and privately-owned lands.

Regarding Policy Statements . . .

Committee policy statements are a compilation of various issues/beliefs that members have identified as major concerns and goals of county government. A “policy statement” provides guidance to staff, legislators, and the public on MACo’s position regarding possible legislation and/or issues that may arise during a legislative session and the Interim.

Energy Committee Policy Statements
  1. MACo seeks a comprehensive and integrated approach to an energy policy that balances increased domestic oil and gas and coal production on public and privately-owned lands.
  2. MACo seeks a comprehensive and integrated approach to an energy policy that accelerates development, research and incentives for alternative and renewable energy efficiency programs, and clean coal technologies.
  3. MACo seeks a comprehensive and integrated approach to an energy policy that gives local governments a central role in formulating environment, energy, and land use policies.
  4. MACo seeks a comprehensive and integrated approach to an energy policy that continues energy conservation programs that reduce consumption and encourage efficient energy use.
  5. MACo supports state and federal funding and other incentives to promote research, explore the interrelationships among energy, capital, labor, and materials, and the technological problems of energy systems. Federal research efforts should be broad-based, unbiased, and equitable among the various energy technologies, with the results of the research being disseminated by all levels of government and the private sector through a variety of public education technologies.
  6.  MACo believes that state and federal governments should work with local governments.
  7. MACo supports nuclear power as a component of a comprehensive energy program. MACo encourages the continued research, improvement and development of nuclear power and related technologies that add to its safety and efficiency.
  8. MACo supports the siting and permitting regulations of new renewable/alternative energy projects to remain at the county level of government.
  9. MACo supports legislative and/or budgetary relief that speeds the permitting and siting process for new transmission lines, pipelines, coal mines, oil wells, and other natural resource development through regulatory agencies, in cooperation and coordination with impacted counties.
  10. MACo believes all energy programs should be periodically reviewed and analyzed for efficiency and effectiveness in achieving their goals. Programs that are found to be ineffective or inefficient should be reengineered in collaboration with county, state, and other local governments.
  11. MACo supports an increase in fueling infrastructure stations to support the promotion of AFVs.
  12. MACo supports the Department of Energy’s efforts to decrease reliance on foreign oil by focusing on alternative fuels such as ethanol, methanol, compressed natural gas, electricity, and biodiesel, among other agents. The ethanol used in E-85 is a renewable fuel that provides benefits to American farmers and rural areas of the country.
  13. MACo supports increased fuel economy for trucks and cars to reduce fuel costs and air pollution that are economically feasible.
  14. MACo supports counties retaining full authority over their own rights-of-way and recovery costs for their use.
  15. MACo supports recognition of electrical, geographic, and institutional differences such as the western and eastern electrical grids having different features and challenges.
  16. MACo supports DOE and state utility commissions continuing their important role in ensuring that all consumers can count on the long-term integrity, safety, and reliability of their electricity service.
  17. MACo is in support of the use of Montana highways being used for the transport of goods and services including large loads deemed safe and proper by the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) in their permitting process.
  18. MACo supports dialog between county officials before taking legal action that causes adverse economic impacts on other counties.
  19. MACo supports an energy policy that provides economic incentives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through innovation technology awards and research and development and opposes any legislative or regulatory proposals, such as a cap and trade system or carbon tax that would pass direct and indirect costs and/or taxes onto counties, consumers, and businesses.
  20. MACo supports efforts intended to mitigate impacts caused by lost revenue by the closure of natural resource entities.
  21. MACo supports the development of new U.S. natural resource export facilities and will encourage the Montana Legislature and Attorney General to support the same.
  22. MACo supports efforts to ensure the solvency and longevity of the Montana Coal Endowment Program (formerly known as TSEP) as a source of revenue for county government.
  23. MACo supports efforts to encourage development and expansion of Montana’s diverse energy sector when done in collaboration with county governments.
  24. MACo supports infrastructure development for alternative fuel vehicles.
  25. MACo supports a method of receiving road usage taxes on electric vehicles.
  26. MACo opposes to the reduction of base load power, including hydro, coal, gas, and other power supply plants.
  27. MACo believes that reliable, non-intermittent base load as part of a mix of power supply is important and supports preserving a mix of base load energy including hydro, coal, natural gas, and others retrofitted to be lower emission and higher efficiency.

Committee Members

Presidential Appointments for 2024

  • Shane Gorder, Chair, Richland County Commissioner
  • Darin Miske, Vice Chair, Wibaux County Commissioner
  • Edward Anderson, Wibaux County Commissioner
  • Mary Armstrong, Valley County Commissioner
  • Steve Baldwin, Fallon County Commissioner
  • Joe Briggs, Cascade County Commissioner
  • Lori Fortner, Powder River County Commissioner
  • Don Hajenga, Judith Basin County Commissioner
  • Tyrel Hamilton, Stillwater County Commissioner
  • Scott Hein, Rosebud County Commissioner
  • Bob Lee, Rosebud County Commissioner
  • Scott Miller, Carbon County Commissioner
  • Gordon Oelkers, Roosevelt County Commissioner
  • Melanie Roe, Sweet Grass County Commissioner
  • Jeff Sell, Wheatland County Commissioner
  • Richard Snellman, Teton County Commissioner
  • Alan Stempel, McCone County Commissioner
  • Dennis Teske, Prairie County Commissioner
  • Terry Tomsheck, Toole County Commissioner
  • Mike Turley, Musselshell County Commissioner
  • Bill Wallace, Sweet Grass County Commissioner
  • Chris Westergard, Sheridan County Commissioner
  • Dennis Zander, Dawson County Commissioner

Regarding Policy Statements . . .

Committee policy statements are a compilation of various issues/beliefs that members have identified as major concerns and goals of county government. A “policy statement” provides guidance to staff, legislators, and the public on MACo’s position regarding possible legislation and/or issues that may arise during a legislative session and the Interim.

Energy Committee Policy Statements
  1. MACo seeks a comprehensive and integrated approach to an energy policy that balances increased domestic oil and gas and coal production on public and privately-owned lands.
  2. MACo seeks a comprehensive and integrated approach to an energy policy that accelerates development, research and incentives for alternative and renewable energy efficiency programs, and clean coal technologies.
  3. MACo seeks a comprehensive and integrated approach to an energy policy that gives local governments a central role in formulating environment, energy, and land use policies.
  4. MACo seeks a comprehensive and integrated approach to an energy policy that continues energy conservation programs that reduce consumption and encourage efficient energy use.
  5. MACo supports state and federal funding and other incentives to promote research, explore the interrelationships among energy, capital, labor, and materials, and the technological problems of energy systems. Federal research efforts should be broad-based, unbiased, and equitable among the various energy technologies, with the results of the research being disseminated by all levels of government and the private sector through a variety of public education technologies.
  6.  MACo believes that state and federal governments should work with local governments.
  7. MACo supports nuclear power as a component of a comprehensive energy program. MACo encourages the continued research, improvement and development of nuclear power and related technologies that add to its safety and efficiency.
  8. MACo supports the siting and permitting regulations of new renewable/alternative energy projects to remain at the county level of government.
  9. MACo supports legislative and/or budgetary relief that speeds the permitting and siting process for new transmission lines, pipelines, coal mines, oil wells, and other natural resource development through regulatory agencies, in cooperation and coordination with impacted counties.
  10. MACo believes all energy programs should be periodically reviewed and analyzed for efficiency and effectiveness in achieving their goals. Programs that are found to be ineffective or inefficient should be reengineered in collaboration with county, state, and other local governments.
  11. MACo supports an increase in fueling infrastructure stations to support the promotion of AFVs.
  12. MACo supports the Department of Energy’s efforts to decrease reliance on foreign oil by focusing on alternative fuels such as ethanol, methanol, compressed natural gas, electricity, and biodiesel, among other agents. The ethanol used in E-85 is a renewable fuel that provides benefits to American farmers and rural areas of the country.
  13. MACo supports increased fuel economy for trucks and cars to reduce fuel costs and air pollution that are economically feasible.
  14. MACo supports counties retaining full authority over their own rights-of-way and recovery costs for their use.
  15. MACo supports recognition of electrical, geographic, and institutional differences such as the western and eastern electrical grids having different features and challenges.
  16. MACo supports DOE and state utility commissions continuing their important role in ensuring that all consumers can count on the long-term integrity, safety, and reliability of their electricity service.
  17. MACo is in support of the use of Montana highways being used for the transport of goods and services including large loads deemed safe and proper by the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) in their permitting process.
  18. MACo supports dialog between county officials before taking legal action that causes adverse economic impacts on other counties.
  19. MACo supports an energy policy that provides economic incentives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through innovation technology awards and research and development and opposes any legislative or regulatory proposals, such as a cap and trade system or carbon tax that would pass direct and indirect costs and/or taxes onto counties, consumers, and businesses.
  20. MACo supports efforts intended to mitigate impacts caused by lost revenue by the closure of natural resource entities.
  21. MACo supports the development of new U.S. natural resource export facilities and will encourage the Montana Legislature and Attorney General to support the same.
  22. MACo supports efforts to ensure the solvency and longevity of the Montana Coal Endowment Program (formerly known as TSEP) as a source of revenue for county government.
  23. MACo supports efforts to encourage development and expansion of Montana’s diverse energy sector when done in collaboration with county governments.
  24. MACo supports infrastructure development for alternative fuel vehicles.
  25. MACo supports a method of receiving road usage taxes on electric vehicles.
  26. MACo opposes to the reduction of base load power, including hydro, coal, gas, and other power supply plants.
  27. MACo believes that reliable, non-intermittent base load as part of a mix of power supply is important and supports preserving a mix of base load energy including hydro, coal, natural gas, and others retrofitted to be lower emission and higher efficiency.

Committee Members

Presidential Appointments for 2024

  • Shane Gorder, Chair, Richland County Commissioner
  • Darin Miske, Vice Chair, Wibaux County Commissioner
  • Edward Anderson, Wibaux County Commissioner
  • Mary Armstrong, Valley County Commissioner
  • Steve Baldwin, Fallon County Commissioner
  • Joe Briggs, Cascade County Commissioner
  • Lori Fortner, Powder River County Commissioner
  • Don Hajenga, Judith Basin County Commissioner
  • Tyrel Hamilton, Stillwater County Commissioner
  • Scott Hein, Rosebud County Commissioner
  • Bob Lee, Rosebud County Commissioner
  • Scott Miller, Carbon County Commissioner
  • Gordon Oelkers, Roosevelt County Commissioner
  • Melanie Roe, Sweet Grass County Commissioner
  • Jeff Sell, Wheatland County Commissioner
  • Richard Snellman, Teton County Commissioner
  • Alan Stempel, McCone County Commissioner
  • Dennis Teske, Prairie County Commissioner
  • Terry Tomsheck, Toole County Commissioner
  • Mike Turley, Musselshell County Commissioner
  • Bill Wallace, Sweet Grass County Commissioner
  • Chris Westergard, Sheridan County Commissioner
  • Dennis Zander, Dawson County Commissioner