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MTcares, Inc. (Montana Community Affordable Renewable Energy Saves) is a non-partisan, 501C4 Montana corporation seeking your signature (below) or donations and volunteers to help support I-184, a 2018 ballot measure to require investor owned utilities to supply 50% of their electricity from renewable energy by 2030, 80% by 2050, and to provide retraining, enhanced unemployment benefits, and pension support for fossil fuel workers displaced by the transition to clean energy. (I-184, § 8 & § 19)
(*) stared items below indicate improvements that were not in a previous (I-180) initiative. The newer I-184 initiative generally revises energy and taxation law by:
- *allowing governments, churches, and nonprofits to participate in 250 KW net metering systems, something not possible under current law; (I-184, § 22(23)(e)). This improves on 2017, HB 34 which only helped governments until even that watered-down version was tabled in Committee.
- *creating neighborhood renewable energy facilities and expanding the area where renewables can be located to be 10 miles (rather than 5) away from customers; (I-184, § 22(19))
- *expanding net metering capability and authorizing aggregated net metering; (I-184, § 23(3)(f))
- *levying replacement taxes on each kilowatt of electricity produced to offset coal severance tax and royalty revenue reductions so schools, libraries, and water projects are not disadvantaged by the inevitable transition away from coal-fired power; (I-184, § 14(5) through (9))
- *limiting most replacement taxes to 80% of savings accruing from the switch to no-fuel-cost electricity so consumers retain some financial benefit of the transition while we replace school funding, etc.; (I-184, § 15(3)(b))
- *requiring grid safety and prevailing wage rates for those installing renewable equipment; (I-184, § 7(10(c), § 9(3)(b), § 22(6), § 22(23(d), § 22(19)(g)), §23(3)(c), §24(1)(a) & 24(3)(c)
- *allocating forfeited net metering energy credits to low-income utility customers to help with electricity bills; (I-184, § 23(4) & (5))
- requiring cooperative utilities to mail-poll members to see if they approve adoption of initiative standards and net metering; (I-184, §§ 11 & (12))
- requiring fixed buyouts in renewable system lease-purchases so lessees do not have to pay more than once for a renewable energy system; (I-184, § 7(5) & 7(15))
- prohibiting rate increases beyond 2% annually for costs caused by the mandates, a rate-cap working in Colorado to maintain low transition costs without slowing transition if those costs should rise above the cost of fossil fuel generation again. (I-184, § 13)
- *adding provisions to preserve the present practice of requiring renewable energy be added before legacy hydro counts toward meeting and RPS if a future RPS exceeds 80%; (I-184, § 8(4)) and
- *allowing renewable energy credits (RECs) to be sold separately from energy and allowing RECs purchased from homeowners and community renewable energy facilities to count toward meeting a public utility’s RPS goal, something that will incentivize distributed energy. (I-184, § 8(2))
During the 4 months of signature gathering when we tried to qualify a 2016 ballot issue, I-180 received 34% of the signatures it needed to qualify. Since we are starting earlier this time, if 25,468 Montana signatures are gathered by June 22, 2018, it is quite possible this improved I-184 initiative could make the 2018 ballot. Click the ABOUT menu (above right side) for a fuller explanation and copy of the amended initiative. And you may also join a support group and follow progress on Facebook.
Eighty percent clean energy is at least the level climate scientists say we must reach by 2050 to slow global warming. Montana now only requires 15% in 2015.
CLEAN ELECTRICITY SAVES CONSUMERS MONEY Contracts for wind power are being signed for 2.5¢/kWh; under 4¢/kWh for power from solar collectors. Electricity generated from coal cannot compete because it costs more than 5¢/kwh.
An October 2017 US Government Accounting Office Report requested by two bi-partisan US Senators, concludes: The extreme weather events of the past decade that scientists believe were exacerbated by climate change added more than $350 billion in costs to taxpayers. Inaction threatens to add $12-$35 billion more each year by the middle of the century.
809 SCIENTISTS WHO HELPED REVIEW 9200 SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS FOR THE 5th INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT OVERWHELMINGLY CONCLUDED:
HUMAN-CAUSED GLOBAL WARMING CONFIRMED!
- CLIMATE CHANGE HARMS HUMANITY — PUTS JOBS AT RISK.
- AS A RESULT, NUMEROUS FAITH COMMUNITIES IDENTIFY CREATION CARE AS A MORAL IMPERATIVE
- To read and co-sign our open letter requesting President Trump to preserve the Paris Climate Accord click here. As of 2/27/18, 175 of the 196 signatory countries had ratified it, accounting for 88% of global CO2 emissions.