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Indian Energy Events, Opportunities, and News March 11, 2016


U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Indian Energy

Upcoming Events, Funding Opportunities, and News for Tribes

March 11, 2016

Upcoming Events

Don't Miss DOE's Energy Track at RES Las Vegas March 22–23

The National Reservation Economic Summit (RES) is taking place March 21–24, 2016, in Las Vegas. RES offers attendees access to tribal leaders, members of Congress, federal agency representatives, state and local elected officials, and top CEOs, on a national platform. Attendees will benefit from networking, training, and business development sessions.

New this year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy is hosting an Energy Track March 22–23 at RES. The track will feature breakout sessions on a variety of topics, including workforce development, energy technology, and capacity building, to help tribal energy leaders and professionals make informed decisions about energy projects. Learn more and download the Energy Track agenda.

Be sure to visit the Office of Indian Energy at booth 137 to meet our program managers as well as technical experts from DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Sandia National Laboratories.

Next Tribal Energy and Economic Development Webinar Scheduled for March 30

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The Office of Indian Energy, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration (Western), is pleased to present a webinar on “Transmission and Grid Basics for Tribal Economic and Energy Development” on Wednesday, March 30, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. Webinar attendees will gain knowledge about transmission markets, management, and ownership structures; interconnection request processes and timelines; transmission planning and operations; and grid fundamentals. The webinar will feature speakers from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe of Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah as well as Western and NREL.

There is no charge to attend the webinar, but registration is required. Register now.

Second Annual Rosebud Sioux Inter-Tribal Utility Forum & Gathering March 30–April 1

Hosted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Utility Commission, the Inter-Tribal Utility Forum and Gathering is March 30–April 1, 2016, at the Rosebud Casino and Events Center in Valentine, Nebraska. Sessions will cover tribal renewable energy projects, alternative land appraisal methods, energy project development, and business models for tribal utility companies. Register by March 18 at the early registration rate of $225; after March 18 registration is $300. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. For more information and to register, please contact the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Utility Commission at 605-856-2727 or email tony.rogers@rst-nsn.gov.

Funding Opportunities

Establishment of an Inter-Tribal Technical Assistance Energy Providers Network

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Up to $7 million is available from the Office of Indian Energy to establish an Inter-Tribal Technical Assistance Energy Providers' Network to assist Indian tribes and Alaska Native communities regionally. Under this initial pilot, the Office of Indian Energy is seeking applications from Inter-tribal Organizations and Alaska Native Regional Corporations interested in establishing internal energy experts to provide technical energy assistance and informational resources to their member Indian tribes, including Alaska Native villages.

DOE anticipates making awards that range from $300,000 to $1,000,000 for the entire period of performance of 3–5 years. After that time it is expected that the inter-tribal technical assistance energy provider will be financially sufficient and can continue these efforts without further DOE support.

Applications are due April 14, 2016. Learn more and apply.

Informational Webinar

The Office of Indian Energy hosted an informational webinar about the funding opportunity and the application process on March 1, 2016. View the slides.

Modification to Remote Alaskan Communities Energy Efficiency Competition Notice of Technical Assistance

The Office of Indian Energy and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) have issued a Notice of Technical Assistance (NOTA) to significantly accelerate efforts by remote Alaskan communities to adopt sustainable energy strategies. The Remote Alaskan Communities Energy Efficiency Competition will empower Alaskan communities and Alaska Native villages to develop effective tools to advance the use of reliable, affordable, and energy efficient solutions that are replicable throughout Alaska and other Arctic regions.

The application deadline for Phase 1 of this competition has passed. Applications for Phase 2 of the NOTA are due March 31, 2016, at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Only selected Community Efficiency Champions from Phase 1 are eligible to apply for Phase 2 of the competition to receive technical assistance from DOE. Selected communities will be eligible to compete for up to $1 million in grant funding ($3.3 million total) to implement energy-saving measures.

Note: Phase 2 of the NOTA has been modified to include two topic areas. Questions and requests for NOTA forms may be submitted directly by email to AlaskaCompetition@hq.doe.gov or by fax at 240-562-1640. Apply online through EERE Exchange, via email, or fax at 240-562-1640.

DOT TIGER Discretionary Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is accepting applications for the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program to fund capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a metro area, or a region.

Eligible entities include state, local, and tribal governments. Applications are due April 29, 2016.

Learn more and apply


Agua Caliente Band's Pursuit of Energy Self-Sufficiency Gains Momentum

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The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is a shining example of the type of leadership tribes can provide on the clean energy development front. With the help of grants from DOE, the Agua Caliente Band developed a Strategic Energy Plan aligned with the Tribe’s goals and values of self-determination, prosperity, and sustainability. Several energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that emerged from the plan have been completed or are currently in development, including construction of a 77-kilowatt solar installation on the Tribe’s Heritage Plaza Parking Lot. Projected to offset 100% of the energy used by the Heritage Plaza, the project will drastically reduce the building’s electric bills from approximately $22,000 to about $200 annually. Read more about Agua Caliente's projects.

The Agua Caliente Band hosted an Office of Indian Energy-sponsored Community-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Workshop Feb. 9–11. Download presentations from the workshop.

Watch a video highlighting other tribal solar successes in the Southwest.

EPA Request for Comments for Clean Water Act Due March 21

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requesting comments on the issued regulations establishing a process for EPA to treat eligible federally recognized tribes in a similar manner as states for several provisions of the Clean Water Act. By establishing regulatory procedures for eligible tribes to obtain treatment in a similar manner to states, the proposed rule would enable eligible tribes to obtain authority to identify impaired waters on their reservations and to establish total maximum daily loads.

Comments are due March 21, 2016.

Learn more and submit comments.

Native Youth Recognized as Champions for Change

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Inspired by a White House initiative, the Center for Native American Youth recognized five young Native American leaders as 2016 Champions for Change on Feb. 25, 2016. Their efforts include suicide prevention, health promotion, language preservation, community service, and adaptive sports for those with disabilities. The Champions were announced during a public event at the Aspen Institute and recognized during a reception with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. The 2016 Champions were from the Lower Sioux Indian Community, Navajo Nation, Northern Arapaho Tribe, Southern Ute, and St. Regis Mohawk Tribe. Read more about the 2016 Champions for Change.

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