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, and resources on energy efficiency and conservation technologies, strategies, and best practices.

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Business Eligibility

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. Pay the $50 partner fee

All Bozeman Energy Project Partners that implement at least one of the recommendations from their energy appraisal will be eligible for City of Bozeman one-time cash incentives of $500-$2500 (businesses must be within Bozeman City Limits), and may be eligible for NorthWestern Energy rebates, state or federal incentives. Businesses that complete efficiency retrofits will be publicly recognized by the City of Bozeman for their efforts, and will be featured on the Bozeman Energy Project website.

Incentive eligibility criteria:

  • Be in the Bozeman City limits
  • Undergo (or have already received) an energy appraisal by NorthWestern Energy
  • Implement at least one of the recommendations from the appraisal
  • Verify energy use and savings with the City of Bozeman
  • 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. The City of Bozeman encourages businesses to track, measure, and benchmark their energy usage as 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 (free) online tool to measure and track energy and water consumption. For more information see resource below.

Questions?

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 Davies, Energy Conservation Technician at (406) 582-2370 or hhiginbotham@bozeman.net.


Partner Benefits

Benefits

Partner
Energy conservation, reduced GHG emissions X
$$ Savings X
Use of program logo for marketing; partner window decal to display X
Access to energy efficiency/conservation resources and workshops X
Business listing, link on program website X
Access to Kill-A-Watt meters for loan X
Inclusion in program marketing/outreach X
Assistance with NorthWestern Energy rebates (eligibility determined by NWE) X
City of Bozeman incentive (only for businesses located in city limits). X
Commission recognition/acknowledgement X
Video case studies (contingent on efficiency project completion) X
Business profile on program website (contingent on efficiency project completion) X

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 are 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 out-of-pocket costs, after NorthWestern Energy rebates. Some state incentives may also be 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.


Resources

Energy Star Resources

Portfolio Manager Resources

Links

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