WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines announced that he will be spearheading Montana Energy 2016 in Billings this upcoming spring.
The summit, sponsored by Daines, the Montana Contractors’ Association, the Montana Coal Council, the Montana Petroleum Association, the Montana Chamber Foundation and KLJ, will take place in Billings, Montana on March 30 and 31, 2016.
“Montana holds a vital role in securing our nation’s all-of-the-above energy strategy and it’s vital that we work together to ensure our state remains an energy leader for years to come,” Daines stated. “Montana Energy 2016 will bring together key stakeholders to help increase innovation and move Montana’s energy opportunities to the next level. Montana can help power the world – but only if we work together to increase opportunity and limit efforts to hinder any part of Montana’s diverse energy portfolio. Through Montana Energy 2016, we will keep Montana at the forefront of the nation’s energy conversation.”
Montana Energy 2016, the largest avenue to discuss Montana’s energy potential, is back for a third round this spring with a fresh new look and perspective. Led by Daines, the two-day comprehensive conference will continue the discussion around state and national energy opportunities and provide an all-encompassing look at Montana’s energy potential. The conference will include energy professionals, policy and decision makers at all levels, contractors and associated industry professionals.
Daines serves on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and has long been a leader in moving forward policies that help secure all-of-the-above energy solutions. Daines is a leading proponent of the Keystone XL pipeline, has sponsored legislation to lift the oil export ban and is helping lead legislative efforts to push back on regulations that hurt Montana’s energy potential, including the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new regulations on coal-fired power plants.
The University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) recently released a study on the economic implications of implementing the EPA new regulations in Montana. The study shows that the EPA’s new regulations will have a dramatic effect on Montana’s economy and will likely cause the loss of more than 7,000 good-paying Montana jobs.