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Energy Department Steps Up Support for Tribal Energy Development, Climate Change Mitigation, and Resiliency Efforts


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Energy Department Steps Up Support for Tribal Energy Development, Climate Change Mitigation, and Resiliency Efforts


Dec. 5, 2014


Energy Department Expands Support of Alaska Native Clean Energy; Announces Tribal Climate Champions and New Online Tool to Support Tribal Energy Development

As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to help tribal communities across the country enhancImage of wind turbines in Alaska.e 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.

Upcoming Events

Dec. 8: ITCN 49th Annual Conference: Making a Difference for Nevada Tribes

The Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada (ITCN) is hosting its annual conference titled, "Making A Difference for Nevada Tribes" on Dec. 8. ITCN is a consortia of the 27 tribal communities throughout the state of Nevada. The tribal chairpersons from each community convene each year to hold their annual board meeting. Learn more and register.

Dec. 11: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program Webinar Series: Residential Energy Efficiency Deep Dive

Join experts from DOE and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to learn about the Rural Utilities Service’s new Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program (EECLP). Through the EECLP, the Rural Utilities Service provides direct loans to rural electric cooperatives and other rural electricity providers. The webinar series will cover the basics about the EECLP and the energy activities the program supports. Register for this webinar.

Dec. 18: Technical Assistance Program Webinar: Best Practices in Energy Data Collection and Tracking in the Public Sector

Hosted by the Energy Department's Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office (WIPO), this webinar will cover a step-by-step guide with best practices from state and local governments and school districts across the country demonstrating the value of an energy data tracking effort. Attendees will hear from Mona Khalil, policy advisor for WIPO. Register for the webinar.

More Events

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

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

EPA Indian Environmental General Assistance Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking grant proposals for the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP) from federally recognized tribal governments and eligible intertribal consortia for Fiscal Year 2016 work plan program development activities. The purpose of the GAP is to assist Tribes in developing the capacity to plan and establish environmental protection programs and to develop and implement solid and hazardous waste programs in accordance with their individual needs. Grant proposals are due Dec. 10, 2014. Learn more and apply.

NFWF Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant

Wells Fargo and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) are accepting applications for approximately $2.5 million in Environmental Solutions for Communities grants. Each grant will range from $25,000 to $100,000 and will be awarded to eligible entities. The grant will fund projects that:

  • Support sustainable agricultural practices and private lands stewardship
  • Conserve critical land and water resources and improving local water quality
  • Restore and managing natural habitat, species, and ecosystems that are important to community livelihoods
  • Facilitate investments in green infrastructure, renewable energy, and energy efficiency
  • Encourage broad-based citizen participation in project implementation.
Grants will be offered once a year to support priority projects in states and communities where Wells Fargo operates. Applications are due Dec. 10, 2014. Learn more and apply.

EPA P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet

EPA, as part of the P3-People, Prosperity and the Planet Award Program, is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real-world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. The P3 competition highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative projects focused on sustainability. The P3 Award Program was developed to foster progress toward sustainability by achieving the mutual goals of improved quality of life, economic prosperity, and protection of the planet—the three pillars of sustainability. Eligible entities: Public nonprofit institutions/organizations (limited to degree-granting public institutions of higher education) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (limited to degree-granting private institutions of higher education) located in the United States (includes U.S. territories and possessions). Applications are due Dec. 16, 2014. Learn more and apply.

More Funding Opportunities

Find additional funding opportunities for Tribes on the DOE Office of Indian Energy website.

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