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Tribal Energy Events and Funding


Upcoming Events

August 30: Tribal Energy Webinar – Powering Your Community with Tribal Energy

A free webinar called “Powering Your Community with Tribal Energy" will take place Wednesday, August 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain Time. This webinar is part of the 2017 Expanding Tribal Energy Development Through Partnerships webinar series sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy and the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA).

Developing an energy project involves many different parties, including utilities, government agencies, developers, and financers. In this webinar, speakers will address the steps to developing a community-scale (1- to 2-megawatt) energy project on tribal land. These steps include:

  • Identifying an economically feasible site or building structure(s)

  • Assessing the environmental regulations impacting the project

  • Determining the local, state, and federal permits required to construct and operate the project

  • Selling the electricity produced

  • Leveraging government incentives

  • Determining how the project will be connected to the grid, operated, maintained, and utilized to the fullest benefit of the tribe.

The webinar will begin with introductions from Randy Manion of WAPA and Lizana Pierce of the Office of Indian Energy. Otto VanGeet of DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory will present on resources available to tribes for energy project development, followed by tribal project case studies from the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians and Forest County Potawatomi Community.

There is no cost to attend the webinar, but advance registration is required. Register for the webinar.


Save the Date! November 13–17: 2017 Office of Indian Energy Program Review

Save the date for the 15th Annual Office of Indian Energy Program Review being held Nov. 13–17, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. Additional details will be available later this month. For information on past reviews, see the Program Review web page.


More Events

View the Office of Indian Energy events calendar for information on additional trainings and events that may be of interest to tribes.


Funding Opportunities

Multiple DOI Funding Opportunities Available to Tribes

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) has three funding opportunities for which tribes may be eligible to submit energy-related applications.

Native American Business Development Institute Feasibility Study Program

The DOI Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), through its Native American Business Development Institute, is soliciting proposals from federally recognized Indian tribes, including Alaska federally recognized tribal entities, for technical assistance funding to hire consultants to perform feasibility studies of economic development opportunities.

These feasibility studies will empower tribes, federally recognized tribal entities, and tribal businesses to make informed decisions regarding their economic futures. Feasibility studies may concern the viability of an economic development project or business or the practicality of a technology a tribe or entity may choose to pursue.

The application deadline is Aug. 12, 2017. Learn more and apply.

Grant Program to Assess, Evaluate, and Promote Development of Tribal Energy and Mineral Resources

The Secretary of the Interior, through IEED, is soliciting grant proposals from federally recognized Indian tribes and tribal energy resource development organizations for projects that assess, evaluate, or otherwise promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. Grant awards are subject to the availability of funds as appropriated by Congress and allotted to IEED.

The application deadline is Sep. 25, 2017. Learn more and apply.

Grant Program to Build Tribal Energy Development Capacity

The Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs, through IEED, Division of Energy and Mineral Development, is soliciting grant proposals from federally recognized Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, regional or village corporations, tribal organizations, and tribal energy resource development organizations to build tribal capacity for energy resource development or management under the DOI Tribal Energy Development Capacity grant program.

For this program, capacity building refers to developing organizational structures, developing business entity structures, or developing or enhancing regulatory functions, all related to tribal energy development for the purpose of strengthening tribal capacity for development and management of energy projects.

The application deadline is Oct. 9, 2017. Learn more and apply.

Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs

1000 Independence Ave. SW

Washington DC 20585

For more information on the Office of Indian Energy, visit our website and see our brochure.

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