Montana is taking steps to ensure compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. The governor on Tuesday announced an Interim Clean Power Plan Advisory Council, expected to gather information and provide recommendations ahead of the initial compliance plan submission, due in September.
Governor Steve Bullock said the 27-member council will be responsible for reviewing other state’s plans as well as information on compliance tools and economic and reliability modeling before presenting its recommendation to the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.
“Done right, a Montana plan will drive economic growth and create and maintain good-paying jobs across Montana,” said Bullock. “It will improve upon our traditional base of energy generation while sparking a new generation of clean technology business, moving us to more renewable energy, and encouraging innovation, savings and energy efficiency for homes and businesses.”
Under the Clean Power Plan, Montana must reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions 47 percent by 2030.
The governor’s office says finding solutions to supporting the state’s coal industry while growing jobs in the energy efficiency and renewable sector are vital to Montana’s future.
Below is a list of Montana’s Interim Clean Power Plan Advisory Council Members:
- Senator Duane Ankney, Colstrip, MT – Senate District 20, member of the Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee
- Carl Borquist, Bozeman, MT – Founder and President, Absaroka Energy, LLC
- Hon. Kirk Bushman, Billings, MT – Montana Public Service Commission member representing District 2
- Chris Christiaens, Great Falls MT – Legislative and Project Specialist, Montana Farmers Union
- Gordon Criswell, Hysham, MT – Director, Environmental & Engineering Compliance, Talen Montana
- Al Ekblad, Great Falls, MT – Executive Secretary of the Montana State AFL-CIO
- Gary Forrester, Billings, MT – Government Affairs, MDU Resources, Inc.
- Dave Galt, Helena, MT – private consultant specializing in energy and natural resources issues, immediate past Executive Director of the Montana Petroleum Association
- Paul Gatzmeier, Billings, MT – a small business owner with extensive natural resource and energy background
- Kathy Hadley, Deer Lodge, MT – Executive Director of the National Center for Appropriate Technology, and President of the Montana Wildlife Federation
- Doug Hardy, Great Falls, MT – General Manager of the Central Montana Electric Power Cooperative
- Britt Ide, Bozeman, MT – Principal, Ide Law & Strategy, LLC, private practice attorney specializing in energy, consensus-building, and innovation.
- Senator Jim Keane, Butte, MT – Senate District 38, member of the Environmental Quality Council
- Lorna Luebbe, Bellevue, WA – Director of Environmental Services/Assistant General Counsel, Puget Sound Energy, Inc.
- Chuck Magraw, Helena, MT – private practice attorney specializing in energy issues
- Chairman Darrin Old Coyote, Crow Agency, MT – Chairman, Crow Tribe
- Jim Orchard, Broomfield, CO – Senior Vice President, Marketing & Government Affairs, Cloud Peak Energy
- Bill Pascoe, Absarokee, MT – Principal, Pascoe Energy Consulting, representing a broad diversity of clients in energy matters.
- Senator Mike Phillips, Bozeman, MT – Senate District 31, member of the Environmental Quality Council
- Sunny Radcliffe, Portland, OR – Director, Governmental Affairs & Environmental Policy, Portland General Electric
- Diego Rivas, Helena, MT – Senior Policy Associate, Northwest Energy Coalition
- John Roeber, Butte, MT – Officer President, Montana State Building & Construction Trades Council, and International Brotherhood of Boilermakers
- Rex Rogers, Colstrip, MT – IBEW Local 1638 Business Manager
- Tom Schneider, Helena, MT – Private consultant specializing in energy issues, former three-term Montana Public Service Commissioner (2003-2006, 1977-1984)
- Darrell Soyars, Spokane, WA – Manager of Corporate Environmental Compliance, Avista Corporation
- Pat Sweeney, Billings, MT – Senior Advisor to the Western Organization of Resource Councils
- William Thompson, Butte, MT – Senior Technical Advisor/Engineer, NorthWestern Energy