ENERGY

Montana is at the forefront of our nation’s energy future. Energy efficiency measures benefit our key industries and support jobs building infrastructure for wind, hydroelectric, solar, geothermal, and renewable fuel projects across the state.

Montana's Wind Resources Compare Favorably to Columbia Gorge

A recent presentation by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council indicates that Montana's wind resources may be consistently more productive than the Columbia River Gorge. The presenter, John Fazio, is a senior systems analyst for the NPCC. A summary of the report is available on the NPCC website.   

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DEQ's Alternative Energy Loan Program

The purpose of DEQ's Alternative Energy Loan Program is to provide a financing option to homeowners, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and local governments to install these types of systems. The most commonly financed systems include: solar panels (photovoltaic and hot water); small wind generators; biomass (wood) heating appliances; and ground-source heat pump systems for space and water heating. The interest rate on loans for 2016 is expected to remain at 3.25 percent.

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