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By Matt Volz 

Bill would count existing dams as renewable energy


Bill would count existing dams as renewable energy

MATT VOLZ, Associated Press

HELENA — State lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it easier for utilities to meet the standard for renewable energy production, a proposal that conservationists say would make the standard meaningless.

The state's largest utility is also opposed to the bill because it would mean a windfall for hydroelectric power generators but end up costing its customers more.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Debby Barrett, of Dillon, would allow electricity produced by large hydroelectric facilities...

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