Montana

State Profile
1,050,493
9
Utility Revenue (Millions) $280.4
$163.4
$104.3
$10.5
$2.2
Consumption (Billion Cubic Feet or BCF)

Consumption by Sector In-State

25,196
72.8
21.5
23.4
23.4
4.6
Customers 312,440
275,360
36,725
355
Industry Infrastructure
631
46
8,896
Utility Gas Efficiency Program Funding $4,000.0
$2,000.0
$2,000.0
n/a
n/a

Sources

AGA Survey and Statistics System; AGA-CEE Natural Gas Efficiency Programs Survey: Utility expenditures for gas efficiency programs exclude data that have not been released by participating companies at the state level; U.S. Energy Information Administration; and U.S. Department of Transportation.

Statewide Elected Officials Next Election: 2020
Steve Bullock (Dem.)Governor
Mike Cooney (Dem.)Lieutenant Governor
Tim Fox (Rep.)Attorney General
Legislature Next Election: 2016Session Dates: No regular session in 2016
Senate
Term: 4 year
President: Scott Sales
President Pro Tempore: Mike Blasdel
Senate Majority Leader: Fred Thomas
Senate Minority Leader: Jon Sesso
Senate Member Breakdown
Democrats: 19
Republicans: 31
House of Representatives
Term: 2 year
Speaker of the House: Greg Hartz
Speaker Pro Tempore of the House: Wylie Galt
Majority Leader: Brad Tschida
Minority Leader: Casey Schreiner
House of Representatives Member Breakdown
Democrats: 42
Republicans: 58
Montana Public Service Commission Commissioners: Elected in statewide elections: 4 year termChairperson: Elected by fellow Commissioners: 2 year term
Current Commissioners:
Brad Johnson (R), ChairmanElected in 2014; term ends in 2018
Bob Lake (R), CommissionerElected in 2013; term ends in 2020
Travis Kavulla (R), Vice Chair Elected in 2011; current term ends in 2019
Roger Koopman (R), Commissioner Elected in 2013; term ends in 2020
Tony O'Donnell (R), Commissioner Elected in 2016; term ends in 2020

Authored by then Governor Brian Schweitzer, the 2011 Energy Policy is built on the premise that the state can use its own resources to break addiction to foreign oil and that, if done properly, energy development can create high-quality, good-paying jobs essential for a strong economy. The plan includes a section supporting infrastructure development, stating that the state is committed to efforts to strengthen energy delivery systems, including pipelines, internally and to the rest of the world.

Montana has commercial, residential, and residential low income natural gas efficiency programs implemented by the utilities and their subcontractors. Programs were mandated by statute in 1997 as part of Natural Gas Utility Restructuring and Customer Choice Act, through the creation of universal system benefits programs, which ensure proper funding for energy conservation.

Montana-Dakota Utilities operates under a mechanism to recover revenues lost as a result of gas-related conservation programs.