In the 2007 Legislature, Sen. Lind introduced S.B. 558 "Establish the Montana Electric and Gas Authority," which would have resulted in a governor-appointed public power authority that could purchase and own utilities. The bill died on the Senate floor. This study will include research on other consumer-owned utilities in the West and the pluses and minuses of public power.
The committee allocated .10 FTE to the study of public power. This study will include a summary of public power options utilized in the West. The committee also will closely track the proposed sale of NorthWestern. An analysis of the regulatory framework in Montana in relation to public power will be incorporated into the review.
Deliverables includes a summary of findings and potential legislation.