Montana drafts new bonding rules for large wind facilities

By Michelle Froese The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has released draft rules detailing the process and requirements for bonding wind-energy facilities in Montana.
According to the new draft rules, wind facilities are required to be bonded within 15 years from the start of operation, unless they began operation prior to January 1, 2007.
Specifically, the 2017 Legislature passed HB 216, requiring bonding of large wind-powered electric generating facilities in the state, and is now accepting public comment. These facilities will be the first power producers in Montana required by statute to post a bond.
According to DEQ, the intent of the law and its

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