Don’t let the Montana Senate repeal alternative energy tax credits!

Take a minute to digest these important updates from the MREA on what is happening with net metering in Montana and help preserve the incentives for switching to clean energy.
Date: Fri, Feb 20, 2015 at 3:24 PM
Subject: Montana Senate Considering Repeal of Clean Energy Tax Credits
Ask your Senator to preserve these widely used tax credits!
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Montana Senate to Consider Repeal of Energy Conservation, Alternative Energy Tax Credits
Senate Bill 171, sponsored by Sen. Bruce Tutvedt (R-Kalispell) would eliminate the widely used energy conservation, alternative energy and geothermal systems tax credits. The bill has passed committee and is headed for a full vote of the Senate as soon as tomorrow.
Please take a minute right now and urge your Senator to vote “NO” on SB 171.
These tax credits leverage private investments in energy saving measures, resulting in:
–     Increased residential property values
–     Monthly utility bill savings
–     Jobs for plumbers, electricians and renewable energy installers
Updates on Other Clean Energy Bills

Good news! SB 343, which would have imposed new fees on net metered customers and reduced the rate at which they are credited for the clean energy they produce, was tabled on Thursday in the Senate Energy Committee. For all intents and purposes, it’s dead. Many thanks to all who submitted comments opposing this bill.Unfortunately, two bills that would have expanded renewable energy opportunities were also voted down in committee this week. HB 489 would have expanded the net metering law to the rural electric cooperatives, and HB 485 would have made some modest expansions to net metering and required a Public Service Commission study of its costs and benefits. Both bills were tabled in the House Federal Relations, Energy, and Telecommunications committee on Wednesday.

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