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Proposed Ballot Initiative Would Limit Montana CO2 Emissions

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A proposed ballot initiative would require electricity suppliers to obtain at least 20 percent of retail sales from renewable energy such as wind, solar, geothermal or hydroelectric sources by 2020.

Montana officials are reviewing a proposal that aims to put global warming mitigation to a statewide vote in 2016.

John Soderberg today submitted a ballot initiative to curb climate change by reducing the amount of CO2 released when generating electricity.

The proposal would require electricity suppliers to obtain at least 20 percent of retail sales from renewable energy such as wind, solar, geothermal or hydroelectric sources by 2020.

It would also create a category of community renewable energy projects that are privately owned and generate less than 3 megawatts in capacity.

The secretary of state's office received the proposal and legislative staffers are conducting a standard legal review of its language.

The initiative would require about 25,000 signatures from across the state to be included on the 2016 ballot.
 

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