Montana State Legislature

2009-2010 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 or selected by members and reviews the administrative rules proposed by the Department of Public Service Regulation (DPSR) and the Public Service Commission (PSC).


LC 318 Revise Energy Policy Review Process (approved 8-0)
LC 6002 Increase Montana's Renewable Portfolio Standard (failed 5-3)
LC 319 Revise Definition of "Eligible Renewable Resource" to Include Hydroelectric Facility Expansions (approved 6-2)
LC 320 Extend the Sunset for Wireless 9-1-1 Funding (approved 8-0)
Letter to the FCC (approved 8-0)
Revised Draft Energy Policy Report "Montana's Energy Policy Review"(approved 8-0)
Public Comment Received
Interoperability Montana Follow-up Report
Handouts from September 10
September 10 Audio Guide: "Short Circuit"

There are a number of state entities involved in various aspects of energy production and consumption in Montana. The Consumer Counsel represents Montana public utility consumers before the Public Service Commission, state and federal courts, and administrative agencies in matters concerning public utility regulation. The DEQ's Energy and Pollution Prevention Bureau is responsible for improving energy efficiency and increasing the use of renewable energy for power generation. In 2007 the Energy Promotion and Development Division was established within the Department of Commerce to help implement Governor Schweitzer's 'clean and green' energy initiatives.

Four ETIC members have been selected to participate in the Legislative Energy Horizon Institute. The program is being provided by the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region, University of Idaho, U.S. Department of Energy, and National Conference of State Legislatures. Information provided by the Institute and shared by ETIC members will be posted.

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