Letter: PACE would help Montana businesses – Billings Gazette, Feb. 7, 2017

February 7, 2017

Categories: Clean Energy, Legislature, Letters, News

PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) is a program that will save businesses money and create local jobs in Montana, without costing our government a dime. It needs to be enabled by the Montana legislature and has already passed in 33 states across the country (including Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Texas.)

I am a small-business owner in an old building. The cheapest energy is that which you don’t use, but resources are scarce for infrastructure improvements that enhance energy efficiency. PACE would allow property owners to invest in new windows, energy-efficient lighting, insulation and other retrofits, but spread out the cost over a longer period of time, and repay the financing as an assessment on their property taxes rather than taking out a loan.

If I could utilize PACE and make my business more energy efficient, I would be able to use that savings to build my business and better meet the needs of my customers. I would also be supporting other local businesses that would install new windows, doors, lights and insulation.

PACE is an opportunity for businesses to really invest in our communities’ infrastructure, when our buildings would otherwise be left to decay and blight. Our downtown is the heart of this community, and supporting PACE will keep that beating for years to come.

Please call your state legislators and encourage them to pass this common-sense legislation to allow for PACE.

Dale Sexton
Livingston

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