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Gov. Bullock unveils energy plan in bid for re-election

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By Bobby Caina Calvan Associated Press

HELENA (AP) – Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has unveiled an energy plan, a blueprint for what he calls a “balanced and responsible energy future,” that includes a call for new legislation and funding for wind and solar power.

But there’s a huge sticking point for his plan to move forward—re-election.

With about six months left in his first term, Bullock’s proposal assumes he will win a second term. He is proposing a $5 million revolving fund for energy conservation projects that would require approval by the 2017 Legislature.

Bullock also wants legislation and funding to promote a host of clean-energy initiatives such as expanding wind and solar power, while promoting cleaner ways to burn coal.

His Republican opponent, Greg Gianforte, questioned the timing of the announcement, saying it took Bullock four years to come up with a plan.

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