- Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Senate committee has rejected two bills that would have expanded net metering in Montana.

Net metering allows people generating their own energy through solar or other alternative means to sell back their unused energy to the utility company in exchange for bill credit.

The Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee tabled the two bills this past week.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/1zrQ2Zw ) that the bills were part of a larger movement in this year’s session to expand net metering in the state, called the Local Energy Investment Act by supporters.

NorthWestern Energy and other critics have argued that those who use net metering don’t pay their share for the infrastructure that moves the energy around, and those users force others to bear those costs.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com


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