One of the primary goals of Re-Powering the Flathead is to identify and understand energy related challenges experienced by valley residents and businesses.  The better these challenges are understood, the more informed decision-makers will be to address them.  Challenges are defined broadly to include any issues related to energy production and use, as well as barriers to the implementation of technologies and strategies that achieve benefits such as cost savings and energy independence.

The main local energy related challenges identified by Re-Powering the Flathead are:

Specific examples of these challenges are provided in Chapter 4: Energy Challenges (insert link).

Stakeholders identified numerous energy related challenges; however they were able to identify a far greater number of opportunities (insert link), many of which address specific local challenges.