Montana Public Service Commission Lacks Jurisdiction Over Climate Change Petition

By Margaret Dore, Esq., MBA

Consideration of the pending climate change petition is outside of the jurisdiction of the PSC, set forth here: 

In the event that providing such jurisdiction would be advisable, it would be up to the Montana Legislature to enact appropriate legislation regarding same.


Without such legislation, addressing the pending climate change petition is ultra vires, meaning beyond the scope of the PSC's scope of authority.


The Commission has no authority to go forward.


Going forward would be a waste of Montana taxpayer dollars.