As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to help tribal communities across the country enhance their energy security, build a sustainable energy future, and combat climate change, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy last week announced the third round of the Alaska Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program, a competitive technical assistance program that assists Alaska Native corporations and federally recognized Alaska Native governments with accelerating clean energy projects. The announcement came at the White House Tribal Nations Conference, where leaders of 566 federally recognized Tribes met directly with President Obama and members of the Cabinet.
The Alaska START Program has proven successful in helping Alaska Native communities accelerate clean energy projects. For this third round of Alaska START, the DOE Office of Indian Energy will once again partner with the Denali Commission, along with DOE’s National Laboratories and other local and national experts, to assist rural Alaska Native communities in developing strategic energy plans to help mitigate climate change, conduct energy awareness and training programs, and pursue new renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities. Applications for Alaska START are due Feb. 6, 2015. Learn more about how to apply.
New Online Tool Supports Native Energy Development
At the Tribal Nations Conference last week, the White House Council of Native American Affairs Energy Subgroup, co-chaired by Secretary Moniz, launched a new online tool to support Native energy development efforts. The tool provides a one-stop shop for Tribes and Alaska Native villages and corporations to easily identify and access information about federal grant, loan, and technical assistance programs they can tap into to support their energy project development efforts. Check out the online tool.
Comments on National Strategy for the Arctic Region Implementation Plan Due Dec. 12
DOE is seeking input from federally recognized Alaska Native villages and corporations on the National Strategy for the Arctic Region 10-year plan to develop renewable energy resources in the Arctic region, as well as other DOE-related activities in the region. The National Strategy for the Arctic Region outlines U.S. strategic priorities for the region to respond effectively to emerging opportunities while pursuing efforts to protect and conserve the Arctic’s unique environment. The National Strategy builds upon existing initiatives by federal, state, local, and tribal authorities, the private sector, and international partners, and focuses efforts where opportunities exist and action is needed. An Implementation Plan was developed in January 2014 to outline the methodology, process, and approach for executing the strategy. To gather input on the plan, DOE, in conjunction with several other federal agencies, hosted 14 tribal consultation sessions and stakeholder outreach meetings in a variety of locations between Oct. 23 and Nov. 17, 2014. Although the in-person sessions have ended, written comments can still be submitted through December 12, 2014, to IndianEnergy@hq.doe.gov, or by fax to 202-586-1534.
From the Blog: Pilgrim’s Progress—An Update on Geothermal Potential in Alaska
At Pilgrim Hot Springs, 50 miles northeast of Nome, the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) has found a sufficient geothermal resource from exploration drilling to tap geothermal energy for a spectrum of uses, including on-site power generation. In fact, experts consider the resource at Pilgrim to be the largest identified geothermal resource on the Seward Peninsula. Developments there could also potentially allow the Native community to develop the geothermal resource in order to relocate at Pilgrim. To conduct this exploration work, ACEP partnered with the DOE’s Geothermal Technologies Office. Read more in the blog.