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Welcome to Energize Montana

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) provides information for citizens, schools, businesses and government on a variety of energy topics: energy conservation; renewable energy; and energy production and generation in Montana. Watch this site for publications, events, and energy-related news. Montana Energy Savers Guidebook

Montana Energy Savers Guide

This site also offers links to other pertinent websites and information. We encourage you to explore the Energize Montana website for helpful information. Our goal is to provide the most reliable, current information available. If you have questions or comments, please touch on the Energy Contacts link in the upper left hand corner.

New in Energy

Request for Applications: Montana Diesel School Bus Replacement Project

Application Materials - Deadline September 25, 2014

Application in MS Word format

Understanding Energy in Montana

The most recent edition of Understanding Energy in Montana has just been published and released by the Department of Environmental Quality and the Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee (ETIC). The book is a comprehensive look at all energy sectors in Montana. New to this edition is a chapter on renewable energy development in the state. Contact Sonja Nowakowski by email to order a hard copy: 

S.M.A.R.T. Schools Website

Governor Steve Bullock and Lt. Governor Angela McLean have recently unveiled the Montana S.M.A.R.T. Schools website. The site promotes energy efficiency, conservation, and waste reduction in schools. The site features three Challenges for competition among schools: Energy Savings; Green Practices; and Recycling. Prizes, grants, and resources are available to schools that choose to participate.   

Montana Data Center

Governor Steve Bullock and Bob Rowe, president and CEO of NorthWestern Energy, spoke recently at an event to acknowledge energy efficiencies at the Montana Data Center. The governor unveiled a new state website that benchmarks energy use in larger state buildings.  

The Montana Department of Administration and the Department of Environmental Quality share in the management of energy conservation in state facilities.


The National Renewable Energy Labs (NREL) and the Department of Environmental Quality recently sponsored noted solar expert Bill Brooks for a series of free workshops to train and educate local building code staff on details pertaining to photovoltaic installations. For more details, visit the Renewable Energy website.


A new report contracted by the Department of Environmental Quality and completed by the Montana Renewable Energy Association (MREA) details the various costs and Permitting Processes for Photovoltaic Systems in Montana, July 2013. For more information, visit the Renewable Energy website. 

Montana Energy Emergency Plan

This plan describes the state’s strategy for responding to a full spectrum of potential energy emergencies in Montana.