Montana Electricity Buying Cooperative (Montana)

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Last modified on May 24, 2011.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Montana
Name Montana Electricity Buying Cooperative
Incentive Type Mandatory Utility Green Power Option
Applicable Sector Utility
Eligible Technologies Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Electric
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Date added to DSIRE 2001-09-24
Last DSIRE Review 2002-08-22

References DSIRE[1]


HB 474 requires regulated electric utilities in Montana to offer their customers an opportunity to purchase "a separately marketed product composed of power from renewable resources," defined as biomass, wind, solar, or geothermal resources.

The Montana Electric Buying Cooperative (MEBC) was established to supply Clean Power to residential and small business electricity customers of the former Montana Power Company (now NorthWestern Energy). Members of the Coop purchase Green Tags from MBEC. The Green Tags are bought from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation and represent the market value of the environmental benefit that comes from Clean Power generation. The money from the sale of Green Tags goes towards renewable energy projects in Montana. Once renewable energy installations come on-line in Montana, power will be purchased from those installations from NorthWestern Energy.

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: MCA 69-8-210(6)

Authority 2: MCA 35-19-104

Incentive Contact

Contact Name John Schneeberger
Department Montana Electricity Buying Cooperative
Address 778 Hwy 93, North
Place Hamilton, Montana
Zip/Postal Code 59840
Phone (406) 961-3935


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"