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Montana has opportunity to shape energy future

When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its final Clean Power Plan rules last week, the carbon emissions reduction goals for the nation were higher than expected — even more so for Montana.

The overall goal is a nationwide carbon emissions reduction of 32 percent below 2005 levels, by 2030. Depending on how carbon pollution is calculated, Montana is responsible for cutting carbon emissions from our energy sector by 33 to 47 percent, by 2030. These goals are necessary to combat climate change and reduce harmful pollution in the nation’s air. Through heat rate improvements at coal plants, energy efficiency measures and renewable energy deployment, Montana can achieve the goals in the Clean Power Plan and position the state to benefit from the national shift towards cleaner energy.

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U.S. Stepping Forward as Leader in Carbon Pollution Reduction

Renewable Northwest is pleased the federal government is stepping forward with the Clean Power Plan. This is a watershed event that will bring far-reaching economic and environmental benefits to the country and the Pacific Northwest.

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BPA Chooses to Continue Practice that Stifles Wind Energy in Montana

In response to the Bonneville Power Administration’s (BPA’s) final Record of Decision (ROD) in the current two-year rate case, Cameron Yourkowski, senior policy manager with Renewable Northwest, commented, “We are deeply disappointed with BPA’s decision to continue its outdated practice of ‘pancaking’ rates charged for transmission of power along the 90-mile section of line in Montana known as the Eastern Intertie.”

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Building on the first 10 years of renewable energy

Last month energy developers, construction contractors, agricultural producers, city and county officials, legislators, conservationists and more gathered to celebrate 10 years of Montana’s Renewable Portfolio Standard with Governor Bullock in Helena. The Renewable Portfolio Standard, or “RPS,” is the 2005 landmark legislation that launched renewable energy in Montana by requiring utilities to acquire 15 percent of their energy from new renewable energy resources like wind, solar, geothermal, and certain small hydro projects.

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News Highlights

Utility Proposal for Transition From Coal Electricity Is Too Slow

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Oregon Voters Support Transition from Coal to Clean Energy

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Guest Column: A two-week wind energy production tax credit

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Washington Governor Inslee Demonstrates Additional Climate Leadership

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Renewable Northwest Supports EPA’s Clean Power Plan

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AWEA State Wind Energy Forum

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, Bozeman, MT
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Harvesting Clean Energy 2015 Conference

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 to Friday, October 2, 2015, Billings, MT
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These are just the most recent events. See our full listing of events for more information.
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Celebrating 10 Years of Montana's RPS

Montana's Renewable Standard is celebrating 10 years of success. The economic benefits have been substantial, and Montana is just scratching the surface of it's renewable resource potential.

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Video - Sen. Tester on 10 Years of MT RPS

Video - Sen. Tester on 10 Years of MT RPS

View Senator Tester's comments on 10 years of the Montana RPS at the "Powering Up" conference.

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Coal to Clean Energy

Oregon’s transition to clean, 21st century energy is happening now. Learn more about transitioning Oregon from coal to clean, renewable energy resources by 2025. >

Video - Energy Imbalance Market

It is time for the Northwest to modernize its electricity system and create an Energy Imbalance Market.

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