Stacie Peterson, PhDStacie Peterson

Energy Program Director

Specific Areas of Expertise: Energy efficiency, energy engineering, agrivoltaics, energy auditing, research design, litigation support, quality assurance, sustainability planning, program management, lighting design, environmental history, and environmental health.

Stacie Peterson joined NCAT in 2008. She oversees NCAT’s Sustainable Energy Program, which includes the AgriSolar Clearinghouse, Energy Efficiency Program, Energy Services, Business Partners, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program (LIHEAP) Clearinghouse, National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) Program, Residential Energy, and Energy Codes. She holds an undergraduate and graduate degree in environmental engineering and an interdisciplinary doctorate. Her doctoral program integrated environmental science, environmental history, public health, technical communications, literature, and anthropology. She enjoys developing interdisciplinary projects with diverse teams, such as her work connecting the NCAT’s Sustainable Energy and Agriculture programs in the AgriSolar Clearinghouse. In her energy conservation work, she’s helped save enough energy to go to the moon and back 2,586 times.


  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering, Montana Tech
  • Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, Mine Waste Option, Montana Tech
  • Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Studies, emphasis in Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Environmental History, Public Health, Anthropology, Literature, and Communications, University of Montana

Current Professional Affiliations and Committees:

Director, NCAT Energy Programs, 2018-Present
Management of energy programs at NCAT, including the AgriSolar Clearinghouse, Business Partners Program, Montana Resource Efficiency Program, Energy Efficiency Program, Energy Services, Residential Energy, Energy Codes, Low Income Energy Assistance Clearinghouse, and National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) Program.

Director, Energy Services, 2008 – Present
NCAT, Butte, MT
Daily management of over 3,000 energy conservation projects; as well as the delivery of commercial and industrial energy efficiency services within NorthWestern Energy’s service territory including facility energy auditing, engineering analyses, economic analyses, and energy conservation planning.

Environmental Researcher, 1997-2006, Consultant 2015-present
Heritage Research Center, Missoula, MT
Environmental litigation and cultural resource management support including environmental site assessments of RCRA, CERCLA, and Superfund regulated sites. Research design and implementation at national, federal, corporate, local, and private archives, libraries, and repositories. GIS mapping and analysis, technical writing/editing and project supervision.

Project Manager/Quality Assurance Manager, 2006-2008
EPA Mine Waste Technology Program, Montana Tech, Butte, MT
Managed EPA funded Mine Waste Technology Program projects; prepared and implemented work plans and quality assurance project plans. Participated in ranking and selection of grant applications. Coordinated data collection and analysis, and did final research report writing and editing. Provided research reporting to academic, federal, and local entities and citizen outreach efforts. Developed content for and presented technical transfer material and worked on Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TOSC/TAB) projects. Conducted internal audits and review of research program, and EPA Technical Systems Audit compliance and reporting. Developed technical outreach material for Brownfields communities. Served as Board member of the annual Mine Design and Closure Conference. Sat as a National Summit of Mining Communities Board Member. Provided contract training and workshops, including for the Blackfeet Community College and Montana Department of Environmental Quality.

Consultant, 2008 – 2012
Butte-Silver Bow Health Department, Butte, MT
Developed a series of environmental toxicology and epidemiology reports, databases, and technical assistance information for the Butte Superfund site. Developed and interpreted environmental history and influencing factors (e.g., cultural, economic, environmental, regulatory).

Western Universities Fellow, 1993-1995
MSE Inc., Mine Waste Technology Program, Butte, MT
Abandoned mine site characterization and cleanup, including environmental field analysis and sampling, Environmental Impact Statement writing/editing, and laboratory research and reporting.

Featured Publications And Presentations:

Farm Energy Efficiency

Coming to the Surface: The Environment, Health, and Culture in Butte, Montana. PhD Dissertation

Domestic Pets as Bioindicators of Mining-Related Contaminants: An Investigation of Sentinel Species for Assessing and Monitoring Contamination and Remediation. Masters Thesis.


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