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Montana Geothermal Power Plant Siting, Construction, & Regulation(7-MT)

Montana Major Facility Siting Act governs the siting of energy facilities in Montana. A “facility” includes generating facilities designed for or capable of producing geothermally derived power equivalent to 50 megawatts or more. MCA 75-20-104(8). A developer seeking a certificate under the Montana Major Facility Siting Act must file an application with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. The MDEQ is responsible for posting public notice of the application. MCA 75-20-207. The MDEQ is also responsible for complying with the Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA). The MDEQ will issue a Certificate of Compliance to the developer following review of the proposed project. The developer must initiate construction of a geothermal facility within 6 years of certification. MCA 75-20-303.

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Permitting at a Glance

Montana Federal

Power Plant Siting: Montana Major Facility Siting Act governs the siting of energy facilities in Montana. Utilization Application Process
Power Plant Siting Agency: Montana Department of Environmental Quality Bureau of Land Management
Power Plant Siting MW Threshold: 50 MW or more.
Definition for Public Utility: A “public utility” includes every corporation, both public and private, company, individual, association of individuals, and their lessees, trustees, or receivers appointed by any court that own, operate, or control any plant or equipment, any part of a plant or equipment, or any water right within the state for the production, delivery, or furnishing for or to other persons, firms, associations, or corporations, private or municipal: heat; street-railway service; light; power in any form or by any agency; water for business, manufacturing, household use, or sewerage service, whether within the limits of municipalities or towns or elsewhere; regulated telecommunications service.
Coordinating Permit Offices: None
Public Utility Definition for Power Generator: A “public utility” includes every corporation, both public and private, company, individual, association of individuals, and their lessees, trustees, or receivers appointed by any court that own, operate, or control any plant or equipment, any part of a plant or equipment, or any water right within the state for the production, delivery, or furnishing for or to other persons, firms, associations, or corporations, private or municipal: heat; street-railway service; light; power in any form or by any agency; water for business, manufacturing, household use, or sewerage service, whether within the limits of municipalities or towns or elsewhere; regulated telecommunications service.

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