Bozeman Energy Project

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The City of Bozeman is ready to help local businesses reduce their energy bills and improve their cash flow with the Bozeman Energy Project. This is a chance for businesses to save money and reduce their energy use while helping the community and the environment.



  • Any business in the greater Bozeman area with a commercial meter and the commitment to implement energy-efficiency projects is eligible to become a member of the Bozeman Energy Project.
  • Businesses that join will benefit from financial and resource savings, exposure through program website, marketing and outreach, workshops on energy efficiency and conservation technologies and strategies, and a peer-support network.

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Business Eligibility

Partner Level:

Any business in the greater Bozeman area with a commercial meter and the commitment to implement energy-efficiency projects is eligible to become a partner of the Bozeman Energy Project.

To enroll as a Partner a business must:

  1. Complete the online registration form
  2. Send a check for the $50 partner fee

Certified Partner Level:

All Bozeman Energy Project Partners that implement at least one of the recommendations from their energy appraisal and track and benchmark their energy usage for at least 12 months can get certified by the City of Bozeman and may be eligible for NorthWestern Energy rebates, state or federal incentives, and City of Bozeman one-time cash incentives of $500-$2500. Certified businesses will be publicly recognized by the City of Bozeman for their efforts, and will be featured on the Bozeman Energy Project website.

To become certified, businesses must:

  • Be in the greater Bozeman area
  • Undergo (or have already received) an energy appraisal by NorthWestern Energy
  • Implement at least one of the recommendations from the appraisal
  • Track and benchmark energy use for 12 months after the energy efficiency retrofit and provide 12 months of historical energy use data, using the EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager
  • Verify energy use and savings with the City of Bozeman
  • Apply for certification
  • Participate in an interview for written and/or video case studies detailing challenges and successes

What is Benchmarking?

Benchmarking is the process of evaluating and comparing your organization’s energy performance to something similar, such as your energy performance from the previous year or the energy performance of similar facilities or a national average. Benchmarking is a way to better understand how your building is performing and where there are opportunities for improvement.

What is Portfolio Manager?

Portfolio Manager is the City of Bozeman’s recommended online tool to measure and track energy and water consumption. For more information see resource below.


City staff is available to help members understand the NorthWestern Energy appraisals, prioritize recommendations for their individual needs, set up new accounts in Energy Star Portfolio Manager, identify available rebates and incentives, and answer any questions about energy efficiency/conservation strategies or the Bozeman Energy Project.

For questions or support, contact Heather Higinbotham, Energy Conservation Technician at (406) 582-2370 or

Partner Benefits


Partner Certified Partner
Energy conservation X X
$$ Savings X X
Use of program logo for marketing X X
Access to energy efficiency and conservation resources X X
Business listing on program website X X
Access to Kill-A-Watt meters for loan X X
Included in program marketing/outreach X X
Access to branded collateral X X
Assistance with City of Bozeman permitting/inspection process X X
Link to business website X X
NorthWestern Energy rebates X X
Partner window decal to display X X
Inclusion in Partner Directory on website X X
Energy efficiency workshops X X
City of Bozeman incentive (only for businesses located in city limits). X X
Commission recognition/annual awards banquet
Video case studies
Certified Partner plaque to display
Featured "Business of the month" on program website

Rebates and Incentives

Conserving energy has plenty of benefits, and the Bozeman Energy Project adds to these benefits with available rebates and incentives.

Businesses inside the Bozeman city limits will be eligible for one-time cash incentives of $500-$2,500 to be used toward equipment, energy conservation measures, and installation costs, from the City of Bozeman. The City incentive funds can cover up to 33% of a project’s total cost, after NorthWestern Energy rebates. Some state incentives are also available.

Partners may be eligible for a free energy appraisal* from NorthWestern Energy to identify electric conservation opportunities and a greater understanding of how their operation and maintenance strategies can affect their utility charges.

Sample Projects Eligible for NorthWestern Energy Rebates and City Incentives:

  • Lighting
  • Refrigeration
  • Air Conditioning
  • Water Heating
  • Heating
  • Electronics
  • Insulation

* Partners will need to contact NorthWestern Energy directly to schedule an appraisal. Call (800) 823-5995 for details. Some restrictions apply. NorthWestern Energy appraisals are limited to one per property; if your property has already received an audit, City of Bozeman staff can assist you with accessing the appraisal report and recommendations.

Further information about NorthWestern Energy's rebates and incentives.


Energy Star Resources

Portfolio Manager Resources


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