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 this 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.
Two Tribes Named Climate Action Champions
At the conference, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced that the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe (CA) and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (MI) are among the 16 communities selected by the Administration in the first round of the Climate Action Champions Competition. Launched on Oct. 1, the competition recognizes and supports the steps local and tribal governments are taking to reduce carbon pollution and prepare for the impacts of climate change. Read more about these pioneering tribal Climate Action Champions.
Online Tool to Assist with Tribal Energy Development Launched
In addition, the White House Council of Native American Affairs Energy Subgroup, co-chaired by Secretary Moniz, launched a new online tool at the conference to support tribal energy development. 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 and technical assistance programs they can tap into to support their tribal energy project development efforts. Check out the online tool.