Montana State Legislature

2007-2008 Energy and Telecommunications Committee

The Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee (ETIC) has broad oversight over a range of energy and telecommunication-related topics in Montana. The committee conducts interim studies as assigned by the Legislative Council and reviews the administrative rules proposed by the Department of Public Service Regulation (DPSR) and the Public Service Commission (PSC). Members also monitor the operation of the DPSR and PSC with specific attention to issues likely to require future legislative attention, opportunities to improve existing law through the analysis of problems, and the experiences of Montana's citizens with the operation of the agency that may be amenable to improvement through legislative action.

Agenda Minutes  


News Release
Oil and Gas Panel Presentations
Carbon Sequestration Draft Report -- approved 6-0 
(changes from 7/16 version highlighted)
LC 4003 Study Resolution -- failed 5-1
Final Perspectives on Public Power Draft Report -- approved 6-0
(changes from 7/16 version highlighted)
LC 4001 USB Sunset -- approved 6-0
Sen. Jackson's Energy Policy
Agenda Minutes  

Work Papers:

News Release 
Powerpoint Presentations
IOGCC Analysis -- Prepared by Sonja Nowakowski 
IOGCC Board of Oil & Gas discussion points - Prepared by Tom Richmond 
IOGCC Department of Environmental Quality discussion points - Prepared by Bonnie Lovelace 
Wind Power Costs/Benefits - Prepared by Sonja Nowakowski 
A Discussion of Public Power - Prepared by Sonja Nowakowski 
USB Proposed Legislation - (As requested Nov. 8, 2007) 
2008 Draft: The Electricity Law Handbook: A Montanan's Guide to Understanding Electricity Law

Work Papers:

News Release

The ETIC was not assigned any studies by the Legislative Council for the 2007-08 Interim. ETIC members, however, forwarded their ideas for the committee to consider studying. Those suggested study topics are outlined in the draft work plan.At the October 4-5 meeting, the committee adopted a final work plan that outlines the following studies:

The ETIC also will dedicate time to the following topics:

In completing its statutory duties, the ETIC also will dedicate additional time to discussing and reviewing:

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