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Jan 28, 2016

Tester’s bipartisan Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act hits the Senate floor

Legislation will streamline wind, solar and geothermal projects on public lands

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(U.S. Senate)-Senator Jon Tester joined with colleagues today to file his bipartisan Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act as an amendment to comprehensive energy legislation that is currently being debated by the entire Senate.

Tester's Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act streamlines the permitting process for wind, solar and geothermal development on public lands where development makes the most sense. The bill also sets aside a portion of funds generated by energy development to benefit various conservation efforts and helps mitigate the impact that construction could have on land, water, and wildlife. Furthermore, it would set aside revenues for states and counties that are home to these energy projects.

"Montana is home to diverse public lands that offer tremendous clean energy potential," Tester said. "This bipartisan bill strikes a balance that will create jobs, preserve our outdoor way of life, and provide a boost to rural Montana communities."

Currently, the Senate is debating the Energy Policy Modernization Act, a robust energy bill that addresses natural resource development, energy efficiency, electric infrastructure, and conservation. With hundreds of amendments filed already, Tester is withholding his support for the bill until he is assured that the end result is a bill that strengthens Montana's all-of-the-above energy economy.

 

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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