Montana Electricity Buying Cooperative

August 22, 2002


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.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Montana
Incentive Type: Mandatory Utility Green Power Option
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Geothermal Electric
  • Solar Thermal Electric
  • Solar Thermal Process Heat
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Wind (Small)


Name: MCA 69-8-210(6)
Name: MCA 35-19-104


Name: John Schneeberger
Organization: Montana Electricity Buying Cooperative
Address: 778 Hwy 93, North
Hamilton MT 59840
Phone: (406) 961-3935

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.