The Red Lodge City Council formally adopted the Energy Conservation Plan on October 23, 2018. This Plan is designed to serve as a road map for reducing the City’s energy use, energy costs, and greenhouse gas emissions. It sets reduction goals and identify strategies for reaching them.

The Plan was formed around the City of Red Lodge Baseline Assessment, which is an energy use, cost, and greenhouse gas emissions inventory of City government operations. In 2020, a similar baseline assessment of greenhouse gas emissions was taken of the entire community of Red Lodge. Information for this assessment can be found in the Red Lodge Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory.

The Energy Conservation Plan and associated appendices can be found below.

Energy Conservation Plan 

Appendix A, Council Resolution

Appendix B, City of Red Lodge Baseline Assessment

Appendix C, Public Participation

A committee of Red Lodge citizens helped write the Plan. They have expertise in energy, building efficiency, education, land use, transportation, and city government. Notes from the group’s planning meetings can be found below.

Robin Adams, the 2019-2020 Energy Corps member, wrote ‘Tiny but Mighty’ – a piece on resilience planning in small, rural communities in the state of Montana using the City of Red Lodge Energy Conservation Plan as a frame of reference. This piece is based on interview responses from community members that are particularly active in development and planning initiatives, disaster preparedness, and nonprofit leadership. For full responses to the interview questions, open Red Lodge Resilience Questions: Complete Responses.