The Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee wraps up its interim during a meeting September 8-9 and will decide whether to bring legislation before the 2017 Legislature addressing the closure of two coal-fired generating units in Colstrip, revising net-metering laws in Montana, and updating the state’s 9-1-1 laws.
The September 8-9 meeting begins at 1 p.m. in Room 172 of the Capitol. The draft legislation has been posted and available for public comment since July 25. At the September meeting, the committee will decide if the bills should be amended and advanced to the 2017 Legislature for consideration. All public comment is posted on the website.
The committee will review seven pieces of proposed legislation aimed at assisting the state of Montana in planning for the pending closure of Colstrip Generating Units 1 and 2.
Five bill drafts related to updating portions of Montana’s framework for net metering also are on the committee’s agenda. Three of the drafts focus on interconnection requirements and metering technology. Two of the drafts focus on broader net metering policy issues. Throughout the interim, the committee has been examining net metering based on its assignment as outlined in Senate Joint Resolution 12.
Members also continue to discuss draft legislation and a report concerning next-generation 9-1-1 (NG911). As guided by House Joint Resolution 7, the committee is reviewing NG911 and recommending updates to the existing law.
On Friday, September 9, the committee also will host a panel discussion about ridesharing in Montana, hearing from the Public Service Commission, Uber, and the Montana Taxi Association.
For more information, including a full agenda, visit the committee’s website or contact Sonja Nowakowski, committee staff.