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Universal System Benefits Program (Montana)
DSIRE/DtAdd 2000-01-01  +
DSIRE/LstUpdt August 21, 2012  +
EZFeed/Relevant Yes  +
Incentive/Active true  +
Incentive/ApplDsc Commercial  + , General Public/Consumer  + , Industrial  + , Institutional  + , Residential  + , Utility  +
Incentive/Auth2Code MONT. ADMIN. R. 42.29.101 et seq.  +
Incentive/Auth2DtEnact 1999, subsequently amended  +
Incentive/Auth2Link  +
Incentive/AuthCode MCA 69-8-402  +
Incentive/AuthDtEff 1999-01-01  +
Incentive/AuthDtEnact 1997  +
Incentive/AuthLink  +
Incentive/Charge Surcharge rate based on 2.4% of electric utilities' 1995 revenue  +
Incentive/ContAddr 1701 Prospect Avenue  +
Incentive/ContAddr2 Vista Building  +
Incentive/ContDept Montana Public Service Commission  +
Incentive/ContEmail  +
Incentive/ContName Will Rosquist  +
Incentive/ContPhone (406) 444-6359  +
Incentive/ContPhone2 (406) 444-6199  +
Incentive/ContPlace Helena, Montana  +
Incentive/ContWebsite  +
Incentive/ContZip 59620-2601  +
Incentive/DsireSyncDate 2011-04-30 17:31:22  +
Incentive/EnergyCat Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs  + , Renewable Energy Incentive Programs  +
Incentive/ImplSector State/Territory  +
Incentive/Name Universal System Benefits Program  +
Incentive/Summary Montana established the Universal System B …
Montana established the Universal System Benefits Program (USBP) in 1997 as part of its restructuring legislation. The USBP supports cost-effective energy conservation, low-income customer weatherization, renewable-energy projects and applications, research and development programs related to energy conservation and renewables, market transformation designed to encourage competitive markets for public purpose programs, and low-income energy assistance. Beginning January 1, 1999, all electric utilities -- including electric cooperatives -- must contribute revenue generated from a surcharge on customers' electricity use. In 1997, the surcharge was set through electricity restructuring legislation and was based on 2.4% of electric utilities' 1995 revenues. This surcharge is determined by the Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) and by individual electric cooperatives. However, the surcharge rate has not been adjusted since that time, so annual collections have increased slightly as utility loads have increased over time. In 2011, approximately $9.4 million was collected from utilities regulated by the PSC via a non-bypassable surcharge on customers' electricity use. The amount collected annually varies, depending on weather and economic conditions. Utilities may spend all or a portion of the funds on internal programs, or may opt to contract or fund eligible programs externally. Large-scale electricity users with a load exceeding one megawatt (MW) may choose to fund qualifying internal energy programs with monies that otherwise would be remitted to the USBP. The most recent report, covering 2011 collections, is available [ here]. The USBP was set to expire December 31, 2009, but H.B. 27 removed the expiration date and extended the program indefinitely.
ate and extended the program indefinitely.  +
Incentive/TechDsc Geothermal Electric + , Passive Solar Space Heat + , Photovoltaics + , Solar Space Heat + , Solar Thermal Electric + , Solar Thermal Process Heat + , Solar Water Heat + , Wind +
Incentive/TechDscOther Unspecified technologies  +
Incentive/TotalFund Approximately 9 million annually  +
Incentive/Type Public Benefits Fund +
Incentive/Types Efficiency, conservation, renewable energy, low-income energy assistance, R&D  +
OpenEI/PageDescription Universal System Benefits Program: energy incentive program.  +
OpenEI/PageKeyword Energy Incentives  + , Montana  + , Public Benefits Fund  +
Place Montana: Energy Resources +
Website  +
Categories Rules Regulations Policies Incentive Programs , Incentive with Contacts , Incentive with Authorities
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