Energy

As of 2019, the end-user energy consumption in Montana was 78.9% (coal, natural gas and petroleum), 15.6% (electricity), and 5.6% (renewable energy). In Missoula, half our community’s carbon footprint is from energy use from our homes and businesses.

$97-151+

PER MONTH - RESIDENTIAL


On average, residential electricity use costs $97+/month and natural gas use costs $54+/month, with a total annual energy expense of roughly $1,174-1,822. Between October 2020 and 2021, there has been nearly 29% rate increase in natural gas. The electricity rate is  over 15% lower than the national average.


$382-599+ 

PER MONTH - COMMERCIAL


On average, commercial electricity use costs $382+/month and natural gas use costs $217+/month, with a total annual energy expense of roughly $4,584-7,195.  Natural gas rates on average have remained similar between 2020 and 2021. The electricity rate is over 9% lower than the national average.


$2,000-2,568+ 

PER MONTH - INDUSTRIAL

On average, industrial electricity use costs $2,000+/month and natural gas use costs $568+/month, with a total annual energy expense of roughly $24,031-30,854. Between October 2020 and 2021, there has been nearly a 35% rate increase in natural gas. The electricity rate is over 35% less than the national average.

MEMORANDUIM OF UNDERSTANDING

(MOU)

The City of Missoula and Missoula County entered into an MOU with NorthWestern Energy to increase the amount of renewable energy that serves our communities, which will support us in achieving the joint goal of 100% Clean Electricity by 2030 for the Missoula urban area.


ENERGY PERFORMANCE CONTRACT

The City of Missoula has contracted with McKinstry, a building efficiency company, to identify and implement energy conservation actions for existing buildings and facilities owned/operated by the City of Missoula to make progress toward our ambitious goal of carbon neutrality in municipal operations by 2025. 


ELECTRIFY MISSOULA

Electrify Missoula in a partnership between the City of Missoula, Climate Smart Missoula, and Missoula County that is focused on supporting our community’s transition to highly efficient, all-electric buildings that can be powered entirely by electricity from renewable sources like solar, wind, and hydropower. This transition can not only dramatically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, but it will also increase the health and comfort of our residents, making them more resilient to the increased heat and smoke we expect from our changing climate. To learn more about upgrading to, or designing, highly efficient all-electric buildings, visit Electrify Missoula.

WANT TO GO SOLAR?

Over half of the buildings in Missoula have roofs that are ‘solar-viable’, with the potential to generate as much energy as the equivalent of 15,000 homes every year. You can use programs like National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s PVWatts Calculator to assess your solar potential or visit the Montana Renewable Energy Association learn more about how to go solar. 


HOW EFFICENT IS MY HOME?

The energy used to power our homes is one of the top sources of greenhouse gas emissions from our city. When your home is inefficient, it can take much more energy to heat and cool, as well as to operate your appliances. You can get a better sense of your home’s efficiency by requesting a free and virtual home energy audit from NorthWestern Energy. This is a great way to understand what upgrades can reduce your energy use, your energy bills, and increase your home health and comfort. 


ENERGY EFFICIENCY INCENTIVIZED

There are a wealth of options available to support upgrades to highly efficient, all-electric buildings. NorthWestern Energy and Missoula Electric Cooperative each offer some rebates and incentives for improving energy efficiency in your home, and these can be complemented by new rebates and tax credits from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). If you want to explore what IRA incentives you may qualify for, visit Rewiring America for their easy-to-use calculator.