Small Power Production Facilities (Montana)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Montana

Name Small Power Production Facilities (Montana)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Interconnection
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Montana Public Service Commission
Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source


For the purpose of these regulations, a small power production facility is defined as a facility that:

(a) produces electricity by the use, as a primary energy source, of biomass, waste, water, wind, or other renewable resource, or any combination of those sources; or
(b) produces electricity and useful forms of thermal energy, such as heat or steam, used for industrial, commercial, heating, or cooling purposes through the sequential use of energy known as cogeneration; and
(c) has a power production capacity that together with any other facilities located at the same site is not greater than 80 megawatts; and
(d) is owned by a person not primarily engaged in the generation or sale of electricity other than electric power from a small power production facility.

The State of Montana encourages the development of small power production facilities and their interconnection to the main utility electric grid. These regulations stipulate that if a small power production facility and a utility are unable to mutually agree to a contract or price for the sale of electricity to be purchased by the utility, the commission shall require the utility to purchase the electricity under rates and conditions established by the commission, following provisions outlined in these regulations.

Policy Contact

Department Montana Public Service Commission
Address 1701 Prospect Ave
Address 2 P.O. Box 202601
Place Helena, Montana
Zip/Postal Code 59620-2601
Phone (406) 444-6199
Fax (406) 444-7618

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

Authority 1: 69-3-6 MCA