The Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative offers rebates to residential and commercial members for purchasing energy efficient add-on heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps, water heaters, dishwashers, refrigerators, and washing machines. (Note: A State Tax Credit of $1,500 is also available for Ground Source Heat Pumps.) Rebate applications are located on the program web site. All installation and equipment requirements must be met. Please contact Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative or visit the program website for additional information.
The Workforce Training Grant (WTG) Program reimburses $5,000 per full time employee meeting wage requirements (lower of county or state average weekly wage) for new and existing employee training costs. The term of the program is 24 months. Business must demonstrate 50% sales from outside Montana and meet other eligibility criteria. Additionally, a $1 of match for every $3 WTG Funds is required of participating businesses.
Any use of water in the state of Montana is established as a public use, and the waters within the state are established as property of the people of the state. This chapter provides for the administration, control, and regulation of water rights by the state and establishes a system of centralized records of all water rights.
The state policy of Montana requires that water resources of the state be put to optimum beneficial use and not wasted. The state must promote the conservation, development, and beneficial use of the state's water resources to secure maximum economic and social prosperity for its citizens, and this chapter authorizes the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation to coordinate the development and use of the water resources of the state so as to effect full utilization, conservation, and protection of its water resources.
The Water Quality Act establishes water conservation and protection, as well as the prevention, abatement, and control of water pollution, as the policy of the state of Montana. The Act establishes a comprehensive state water quality program, which is administered by the Department of Environmental Quality: http://www.deq.mt.gov/wqinfo/default.mcpx
These regulations apply to the construction of utility and power lines and facilities. They address the use of public right-of-ways for such construction, underground power lines, and construction and relocation standards.
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.
This Act allows any entity in a Reciprocating Jurisdiction harmed by pollution originating in the state of Montana to bring an action or other proceeding against the source of that pollution in the state of Montana. Such an entity has the same rights in the state of Montana as they would if the harm had occurred within the state.
The policy of the state is to provide adequate remedies to protect the environmental life support system from degradation and to prevent unreasonable depletion and degradation of natural resources from strip and underground mining. This Act grants the Department of Environmental Quality the authority to review and approve or disapprove new strip-mine and new underground-mine site locations and reclamation plans and to adopt relevant rules and regulations.
The policy of the state is to provide adequate remedies to protect the environmental life support system from degradation and to prevent unreasonable depletion and degradation of natural resources from strip and underground mining. This Act imposes permitting and operating restrictions on strip and underground mining activities for coal and uranium, and authorizes the Department of Environmental Quality to administer a reclamation program. The Act contains permitting, siting, and procedural requirements; more specific regulations can be found in the Administrative Rules of Montana.