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Wood Energy Program

Wood Products

The DNRC Wood Energy Program provides technical and financial assistance for the development of wood biomass energy in Montana. Services of this program include grants for preliminary feasibility assessments and project development, biomass fuel supply information,  guidance on financing options, networking and information sharing.

Current Funding Opportunities


 Preliminary-Feasibility Assessment Grant Click Here To Download

Up to $3,500 in grant funds are available to hire a qualified firm to conduct preliminary feasibility assessments. 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.

Project Development Grant: Click Here To Download

The Wood Energy Program is offering competitive grants to support the installation of wood energy systems in Montana. Activities eligible for funding include planning (including permitting), design and engineering. Awards vary depending on size and complexity of project. Applications for this grant are accepted and processed on a rolling basis, applications will be accepted until March 31st 2019.

Other Resources

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,  National Center for Appropriate Technology, McKinstry, CTA Architects Engineers, USDA Forest Service, and USDA Rural Development.

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.


Biomass Ready!

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 .