Montana Team

Montana Team at NREL in Golden, CO
Montana Team at NREL in Golden, CO. Front left to right: Christy Lewis, YTCC; Andrew Valainis, MREA; Chase Jones, City of Missoula; Kyla Maki, MT Energy Office; Amy Cilimburg, Climate Smart Missoula; Lauren Schwisberg, Rocky Mountain Institute; Natalie Meyer, City of Bozeman.

Our team in Montana includes regional, state, and local advocacy groups as well as state agencies and city governments. While working on the project, the team has engaged many additional stakeholders, including investor-owned utilities, rural electric cooperatives, transit agencies, and universities. The core team members of the Montana project team are below.


Project Leads

Montana Renewable Energy Association

Montana Renewable Energy Association. MREA is a membership based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2000. MREA members are businesses, individuals, families, and advocates dedicated to expanding Montana’s use of renewable energy in order to conserve natural resources, create jobs, and increase the independence and resilience of our communities.



Montana Energy Office at the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. The Energy Bureau’s vision is a future where Montana’s energy needs are met through sustainable means that are protective of the state’s natural and human resources. The Energy Bureau works toward this vision through specific activities that support our mission to increase Montanans’ access to energy efficiency and renewable energy, improve the state’s energy security, provide analysis of energy trends and issues, and demonstrate the benefits of compliance with environmental regulations through innovation, education, and technical and financial assistance.

Supporting Partners

Climate Smart MissoulaClimate Smart Missoula. Climate Smart Missoula’s mission is to engage the Missoula community in climate actions, catalyzing efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and build a resilient Missoula. Climate Smart acts as a hub in this community and collaborate across Montana, building crucial networks to address climate issues equitably.




Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities. YTCC’s mission is to displace the use of petroleum in the regional transportation sector, improve air quality through reduced harmful exhaust emissions, and increase energy security and sustainability. This is accomplished primarily through the promotion of alternative fuels and vehicles, integrated transportation systems, and conservation strategies and technologies that benefit the public interest by reducing energy consumption, particularly of petroleum based fuels.

Participating Communities


You can read more about each participating community on the Community Profiles pages.



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