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Energy and Pollution Prevention Bureau

The Energy and Pollution Prevention Bureau works to improve energy efficiency in buildings; increase the use of renewable energy; provide analysis of energy trends and issues; prepare for energy emergencies; prevent pollution of air, water, and land; and reduce the volume and toxicity of solid wastes through source reduction, recycling, and composting in order to sustain and improve a clean and healthful environment.

Key Initiatives

Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings — lead by example with financing program for cost effective energy savings in state-owned buildings and encourage energy efficiency in local governments.

Energy Efficiency in Residential and Commercial Buildings — offer training on applications of 2009 building energy code, radon detection and mitigation, and high performance buildings. 

Renewable Energy for Homes and Small Businesses — finance small scale renewable energy systems through a revolving loan program.

Energy Policy and Energy Emergency Preparedness — collect and publish energy data, review applications for tax incentives, develop energy emergency plan, analyze energy policy options. 

Transportation Efficiency and New Fuels — promote the use of bio-diesel and other alternative liquid fuels and encourage idle reduction for energy efficiency and air quality benefits. 

Recycling — educate citizens, develop and assist local initiatives, and develop new markets for goods that can be recycled to reduce the amount of waste disposed of in Montana landfills. 

Environmental Compliance for Small Businesses — assist small business to better understand and comply with air, water, and waste regulations and serve as ombudsman for the small business community. 

Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing and Business Development — encourage energy efficiency in small manufacturing and the development of new and renewable energy businesses.