Montana Code Annotated 2014

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     85-1-514. Power generation negotiation process. (1) A person with federal authorization or, if authorization is not required, a person planning to construct a small-scale hydroelectric generation facility at a state-owned project shall submit an application to the department for hydroelectric development at the state-owned project site.
     (2) Upon receipt of a written application under subsection (1), the department shall make an investigation and prepare a report on the value of the power site, the plans of development submitted by the applicant, and any other matters relating to the proposed development that the department considers necessary for the proper development of hydroelectric generation at the state-owned project.
     (3) Upon completion of the report, the department may negotiate with the applicant for the acquisition of the necessary interest in the state-owned project to effectively allow the applicant to operate a hydroelectric facility. The terms, conditions, and compensation agreed to must include but not be limited to the full market value of the interest disposed of by the department. Full market value must be determined by the department in the report completed under subsection (2).
     (4) An applicant under subsection (1) shall pay to the department all costs incurred by the department in carrying out its duties under this section. The department and the applicant shall contract for the provision of services and payment of fees required by this section prior to accepting an application under subsection (2).
     (5) Nothing in this section requires the department to construct, rehabilitate, reconstruct, operate, or otherwise maintain the state-owned project to accommodate the hydroelectric facility except as negotiated under subsection (3).

     History: En. Sec. 3, Ch. 293, L. 1985; amd. Sec. 439, Ch. 418, L. 1995.

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