Missoulian: U.S. Sens. Tester, Baucus co-sponsor bill on renewable energy

A bipartisan bill in Congress would change the way counties benefit from renewable energy projects while making it easier to get those wind and solar developments approved.

“With some of the best renewable energy development sites located on public lands, it’s vital to expand this industry while protecting the natural resources that make the West famous,” U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said in an email. “Our bill is a common-sense way to create jobs and provide renewable energy the same opportunities as oil and gas while increasing our energy security.”