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Indian Energy News, Events, and Opportunities: December 22, 2014



Indian Energy News, Upcoming Webinars, and Technical Assistance Opportunity

Dec. 22, 2014


Secretary Moniz Meets with Tribal Leaders in Indian Country

Building on President Obama’s commitment to strengthen the government-to-government relationship with tribal nations, Secretary Moniz traveled to Arizona last week for a summit and roundtable discussion with tribal leaders. 

This marks the first official visit of a cabinet secretary with tribal leaders in Indian Country after the White House Tribal Nations Conference earlier this month.

As a co-chair of the White House Council on Native American Affairs Energy Sub-Group, Secretary Moniz is supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) efforts to foster an ongoing and meaningful dialogue with tribal leaders on climate action adaptation and resiliency strategies and clean energy solutions in Indian Country. DOE plans to sustain that dialogue through the national Tribal Energy Conference taking place in Washington in the spring of 2015, in addition to other future efforts.  

Making the most of his first official visit to Arizona and the Gila River Indian Community, Moniz also took the opportunity to discuss the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education for Native American youth as a means of creating hope for the future, developing resilient economies for tribal governments, and building strong Native nations for future generations. Read more in the blog

Upcoming Events

2015 Tribal Renewable Webinar Series to Kick Off Jan. 28

The DOE Office of Indian Energy, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration, is pleased to continue its sponsorship of the DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series in 2015.

The first in the series of monthly webinars, Best Practices in Developing a Tribal Strategic Energy Plan, will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time. Attendees will learn from experts who have overcome typical barriers with strategic energy plans and used community participation to gain support and ownership. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Register now

See the full schedule of 2015 webinars

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.

Technical Assistance Opportunity

DOE Office of Indian Energy Alaska START Program

The DOE Office of Indian Energy is now accepting applications for the third round of the Alaska Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program to assist Alaska Native corporations and federally recognized Alaska Native governments with accelerating clean energy projects. Applications are due Feb. 6, 2015. 

Alaska START is a competitive technical assistance opportunity aimed at achieving the following goals:

  • Reducing the cost and use of energy for rural Alaska consumers and communities
  • Increasing local capacity, energy efficiency, and conservation through training and public education
  • Increasing renewable energy deployment and financing opportunities for communities and utilities.

Through Alaska START, DOE and the Denali Commission, along with DOE’s national laboratories and other local and national experts, will assist rural Alaska Native communities in developing strategic energy plans to help mitigate climate change, conducting energy awareness and training programs, and pursuing new renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities. For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

Website Highlight

Federal Energy Development Assistance Tool

The new Federal Grant, Loan, and Technical Assistance Programs for Tribal Energy Development online search tool, hosted by the DOE Office of Indian Energy, is an efficient one-stop shop that enables Tribes and Alaska Native villages and corporations to easily identify and access information about federal grant, loan, and technical assistance programs that can help facilitate energy project development on Indian lands.

Through the efforts of the White House Council on Native American Affairs Energy Subgroup, more than 10 federal agencies have collected and provided information about the major energy, energy infrastructure, economic development, and environmental programs and regulations that support energy development and deployment in Indian Country and Alaska Native villages. Read the full story.

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