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DNRC Headquarters
1539 Eleventh Ave. Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-2074 | Fax: (406) 444-2684
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Wood Energy Program

Wood Products

The DNRC Wood Energy Program provides technical and financial assistance to the development of wood biomass energy in Montana. Services and functions of this program include grants for preliminary feasibility assessments and project development, biomass fuel supply information, and guidance on financing options. The Wood Energy Program also serves as an information hub and clearinghouse and provides education and outreach related to woody biomass energy production, including tours of biomass energy installations.

Information and Resources

Wood Energy Pre-Feasibility Assessment Grant

The purpose of the Wood Biomass Energy Preliminary Feasibility Assessment Grants is to provide financial assistance to Montana's commercial and public entities interested in installation of wood biomass energy systems in their facilities. Up to $3,500 in grant funds are available to hire a qualified firm to conduct preliminary feasibility assessments. For more information visit our Grants and Financial Assistance page.

Montana Wood Energy Team

Montana’s Wood Energy Team formed in Fall 2014 in an effort to expand the use of wood biomass for energy in Montana.  Team members include Montana DNRC, Montana Department of Environmental Quality, MSU Extension Forestry BioEnergy Program, National Center for Appropriate Technology, McKinstry, CTA Architects Engineers, USDA Forest Service, and USDA Rural Development.  More about the Montana Wood Energy Team. 

Community Biomass Handbook Series

The Community Biomass Handbook Series walks users through the initial states of project scoping and pre-feasibility analysis. The series features information on appropriate technologies and investment pathways, personal testimonies, product comparisons and an initial financial assessment using the Wood Energy Financial Calculator. The guide includes 3 volumes: Volume 1 - Thermal Energy, Volume 2 - Alaska, Where Woody Biomass Can Work, and Volume 3 - Biomass Product Manufacturing Opportunities.

Fuels for Schools and Beyond Facilities Website

Montana's first biomass boiler under the Forest Service's Fuels for Schools Program was installed in 2003 at Darby School District. Since then, fourteen additional facilities including schools, hospitals, a community center, and university buildings are now heating with wood pellets, wood chips, or cordwood. Data on energy use, fuels costs, suppliers, and maintenance are summarized and charted on the Fuels for Schools and Beyond Facilities website.

Other Montana Organizations Working to Promote Biomass Energy

Montana DEQ Biomass Energy Program

MSU Extension Forestry: Woody Biomass to Energy

Biomass Ready! (under development)

Biomass Ready is a quick and simple process, developed by the Colorado Wood Energy Team, to help teams design new community buildings that can better adapt to an uncertain energy future. While the economics of biomass may not be favorable today, communities will own and operate new buildings for decades - perhaps even a century. Biomass Ready is intended to help avoid inadvertently creating barriers that will make adding biomass in the future prohibitively expensive. If a biomass system can be added to a building without extensive deconstruction or demolition, the building is Biomass Ready!

Slide Show:

Advanced Wood Biomass Heating Systems--A Brief Introduction


For more information on DNRC's Wood Products and Biomass Program contact Tom Perry, (406) 542-4210 or .