The Big Picture

The Re-Powering the Flathead project began in recognition of the following:

  • Economic conditions in the Flathead and the nation are uncertain
  • We currently depend on uncertain energy sources
  • Wasted energy is affiliated with unnecessary expenses
  • Energy use has impacts – negative and positive – on environmental and human health

Better energy management has the potential to provide:

  • Reduced costs for city and county governments (savings to taxpayers)
  • Reduced costs for residents and businesses
  • Reinvestment in the local economy
  • Growth in new and emerging market sectors
  • A more secure future
  • Improved quality of life and public health

In order to harness these benefits, Re-Powering the Flathead sought to understand the specific challenges related to energy use experienced locally, as well as the opportunities seen to address these challenges.