Posted: Jul 3, 2012 10:34 AM by Melissa Anderson - MTN News
HELENA- A Pakistani delegation was in Helena on Monday looking for answers to help with energy issues and the group met with Public Service Commissioner Brad Molnar.
Not only do they say they don't have enough electricity to meet the needs of their people, but they face the problem of others stealing power.
They asked questions about how to improve conservation of energy as well as possibly setting tariffs for those who don't follow the rules.
"The question becomes in my mind, not how do you force the conservation, not how do you tell somebody to swelter in 110 degree heat with no shade, it's how do you get them to want to go along with this. Which doesn't give you more electricity but it reduces your deficit," Molnar noted.
Commissioner Molnar, who has been studying energy issues in several foreign countries, encouraged the delegation to take an educational and proactive look at changes.
He encouraged them to invest in energy that provides a constant source of power, such as irrigation ditches and water-based dams like Montana has.
The delegation planned to tour some dams late before heading to another state.