The Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee is responsible for overseeing the state's energy policy, which is in 90-4-1001, MCA. The 2009 Legislature enacted Senate Bill No. 290, sponsored by Senator Verdell Jackson, which altered the ETIC's statutory duties related to the state's energy policy for the 2009-2010 interim, as well as future interims. During the 2009-10 interim, the committee is required by law to consult with "a broad representation of stakeholders, including the public and state agencies" and review and potentially revise the energy policy.
During the September 10, 2010 meeting the ETIC was unable to reach an agreement on draft energy policy statements. The committee, however, reached agreement on a bill draft to revise the energy policy review process and on a draft report to the Legislature outlining the processes followed in order to comply with Senate Bill No. 290.