Energy Code, Energy Efficiency, and Compliance Assistance
The Energy Code, Energy Efficiency, and Compliance Assistance section runs programs such as the State Buildings Energy Conservation Program (SBECP), the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP), and SMART Schools. Additionally, this section monitors energy data and supports energy performance contracting (EPC) in Montana. The Energy Efficiency and Compliance Assistance section is responsible for education and outreach and providing information to the public on Montana Energy Code and radon mitigation.
The Energy Planning and Renewables section operates programs such as the Alternative Energy Revolving Loan Program (AERLP) which encourages Montana homeowners and small businesses to install renewable energy systems through low interest loans. In addition, the Energy Planning and Renewables section provides information and data on renewable energy across Montana and plays a key role in planning for energy emergencies. This section also includes Alternative Fuels and Transportation.
New: Request for Applications FY18-01, Funding to Purchase New, Clean Diesel, Propane or Battery Electric School Buses
DEQ is soliciting interest from K-12 schools or districts in Flathead, Lake, Lewis and Clark, Lincoln, Missoula, Ravalli, Sanders, Silver Bow and Rosebud counties to replace their model year 2002-2006 higher polluting diesel-powered C and D type school buses with new, clean diesel or propane school buses. New this year, DEQ is also accepting applications for schools in eligible districts to replace a model year 2002-2009 higher polluting diesel powered C and D type school bus with a new battery electric bus.
See Request for Applications for application and instructions. Applications must be postmarked or e-mailed to DEQ by 5:00 p.m. local time on November 15, 2018.
The alternative fuels and transportation sectors in Montana are dynamic and ongoing areas of focus in the Energy Bureau. There are three categories the Energy Bureau is concentrating efforts on this year. These efforts include; improving the electric vehicle market in Montana, reducing diesel emissions in the transportation sector, and help advance alternatives to petroleum-based fuels in the transportation sector.
A recent development is allowing for expansion of electric vehicle use across Montana highways. For more information on the Regional Electric Vehicle Plan for the West, explore the links below:
Grants, Loans, & Tax Incentives
The State of Montana offers a variety of incentives with the goal of supporting the development of energy projects and energy efficiency across the state. DEQ provides a low interest loan for alternative energy projects that can also finance energy efficiency. Explore the links below to find out more.
The Radon Control Program was established by the Montana Legislature in 1993 through the Radon Control Act. Energy Bureau staff manage the radon information toll-free hotline (1-800-546-0483) and distribute free radon test kits to Montana residents.
To view the Radon page, please click here.
Small Business Environmental Assistance Program
The Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) was established by the Montana Legislature in 1993. The SBEAP assists small businesses with environmental regulatory questions and encourages businesses to be sustainable. Initially, the SBEAP was created to be a resource for small businesses that needed assistance understanding air quality regulatory requirements, however, the SBEAP now assists small businesses with a wide range of topics including water quality, solid waste, recycling, pollution prevention, compliance assistance, sustainability, energy resources, permit acquisition, and advocacy.
To view the Small Business Environmental Assistance page, please click here.
Energy Planning & Statistics
The Energy Planning and Renewables section is responsible for Emergency Support Function 12 (ESF-12) under the Montana Emergency Response Framework and developing and maintaining the state’s Energy Assurance Plan (EAP). Additionally, the section maintains historical information and current data on Montana’s diverse energy systems.
The Energy Bureau houses two sections: Energy Efficiency and Compliance Assistance, and Energy Planning and Renewables.
The Energy Bureau’s vision is a future where Montana’s energy needs are met through sustainable means that are protective of the state’s natural and human resources. The Energy Bureau works toward this vision through specific activities that support our mission to increase Montanans’ access to energy efficiency and renewable energy, improve the state’s energy security, provide analysis of energy trends and issues, and demonstrate the benefits of compliance with environmental regulations through innovation, education, and technical and financial assistance. To read more about the Energy Bureau's programs, mission, goals, and accomplishments please view our 2016 annual report.
If you have any questions for the Energy Bureau please visit our contacts page or call 406-444-0281. If you’d like to get involved in energy related happenings around the state, please visit our calendar for upcoming meetings and events.
If you are looking for information on the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) please visit the Department of Public Health and Human Services website here, or call 1-833-317-1080 to speak to someone in the State LIEAP Office. If you're looking for information on Energy Share Montana please click here or call 1-888-779-7589.