Montana Energy regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Montana Energy: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Renewable energy:

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Renewable energy portfolio standard: Montana Code Annotated (MCA) 69-3-2001 to 69-3-2004

Hydraulic fracturing: Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) 36.22.608

Regulatory Agencies

Montana Public Service Commission (PSC)

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Board of Oil and Gas Conservation

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. To date, the federal government's involvement in renewable energy programs has been limited to voluntary programs and providing financial incentives for renewable energy generation. However, Montana state legislation has established a renewable energy portfolio standard.

Administration and enforcement. Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) administers and enforces the state's renewable energy portfolio standard. Montana's Board of Oil and Gas Conservation oversees hydraulic fracturing activities in the state.

State Requirements


Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard

MCA 69-3-2001 to 69-3-2004

Montana has passed renewable energy portfolio statutes requiring each electric utility company to ensure that renewable energy resources are used to account for a percentage of retail sales, as follows:

  • 2008: 5 percent
  • 2009: 5 percent
  • 2010: 10 percent
  • 2011: 10 percent
  • 2012: 10 percent
  • 2013: 10 percent
  • 2014: 10 percent
  • 2015: 15 percent

Eligible renewable resources. An eligible renewable resource is a facility either located within Montana or delivering electricity from another state into Montana that begins commercial operation after January 1, 2005, and that produces electricity from one or more of the ...

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