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Jun 29, 2018

Tester, Daines Bill to Complete Gibson Dam Near Augusta Passes Senate

(U.S. Senate) - The U.S. Senate passed U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines’ bill to ensure the completion of the Gibson Dam Hydro Project near Augusta. The bill will provide for the six-year extension of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for the dam.

“The Gibson Dam produces made-in-Montana renewable energy that powers our homes and businesses,” Tester said. “This extension will ensure that the dam can put more folks to work, provide revenue for our local schools and infrastructure, and reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy.”

“Hydropower is critical to Montana’s ‘all-of-the-above’ energy approach and is an important source of tax revenue and jobs,” said Daines. “Completion of the Gibson Dam will not only power Montana homes, but will power our economy and provide Montanans with a clean, reliable source of energy.”

Montana is the fifth-largest producer of hydropower in the nation and has 23 hydroelectric dams.

Gibson Dam:

  • Create 15 to 25 jobs and up to $5 million in wages during construction
  • Provide 50 to 100 years of stable tax revenues for Teton and Lewis and Clark Counties, averaging $500,000 annually per county
  • Reduce more than 40,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year
  • Strengthen the irrigation component of the Gibson Dam
  • $1 million in local purchases over two years
  • Sun River Electric Cooperative will receive over $200,000 per year in a “wheeling fee”

 

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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