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Mont. Gov. signs bill monopolizing renewable development April 17, 2009

Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Thursday signed a bill allowing NorthWestern Energy or other utilities to own a so-called “community renewable energy project.”

House Bill 343, sponsored by Rep. Art Noonan, D-Butte, essentially allows NorthWestern Energy to pursue its own green-energy project to meet state quotas for green-energy sales.

The law says NorthWestern must purchase a minimum amount of green power from community projects by 2012.

Prior law also said community projects must be independently and locally owned, and be no larger than 5 megawatts. It intended to encourage development of small, independent projects across the state, such as small wind farms.

With HB343 becoming law, NorthWestern or other utilities can own a community project, rather than having to buy power from an independent source. The 2009 Legislature also redefined community projects as anything up to 25 megawatts in size.

http://www.missoulian.com/articles/2009/04/17/news/mtregional/news20.txt

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For more on NorthWestern Energy’s renewable energy wrangling check out these previous posts:

https://nwrenewablenews.wordpress.com/2009/03/25/northwestern-energys-bills-reach-gov-desk-in-mont/

https://nwrenewablenews.wordpress.com/2009/01/21/bill-introduced-in-montana-aimed-at-killing-off-renewable-energy-projects/

https://nwrenewablenews.wordpress.com/2009/02/16/mont-wind-producers-push-bill-to-press-utility-to-incorporate-their-power/

https://nwrenewablenews.wordpress.com/2009/02/22/northwestern-energy-still-trying-to-squash-wind-power-in-mont/

https://nwrenewablenews.wordpress.com/2009/02/24/mont-senate-endorses-renewable-status-for-hydroelectric-dams/

https://nwrenewablenews.wordpress.com/2009/03/15/new-northwestern-energy-bill-could-outlaw-renewable-development-in-mont/

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