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Indian Energy News, Events, Funding Opportunities, Website Highlights



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Applications for DOE Tribal Funding Opportunity Due Today

Oct. 2, 2014
 

DOE Announces Upcoming Alaska Consultation Sessions on National Strategy for the Arctic Region 10-Year Plan

DOE is pleased to announce upcoming consultation sessions with Alaska Native federally recognized Tribes and Alaska Native corporations on the National Strategy for the Arctic Region. 
 
Alaska Native tribal and corporate leaders are invited to attend one of the following upcoming consultation sessions to provide input on the 10-year plan, as well as other DOE related activities in the Arctic region.
  • Oct. 23: Anchorage
  • Nov. 5: Kotzebue
  • Nov. 6: Nome
  • Nov. 10: Fairbanks
  • Nov. 12: Barrow
  • Nov. 14: Bethel
  • Nov. 17: Dutch Harbor
Additional information about the consultation sessions, including meeting times and locations, will be available in the coming weeks. For more information or if you have any questions, please email indianenergy@hq.doe.gov

Obama Administration Announces Competition to Showcase, Support Local and Tribal Climate Action; Applications Due Oct. 27 

On Oct. 1, 2014, the Obama Administration announced a new Climate Action Champions competition that will identify, showcase, and invest in up to 15 local and tribal governments across the country that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to cutting carbon pollution and preparing for the impacts of a changing climate. Administered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the competition is a collaborative effort among multiple federal agencies.

With its dual focus on mitigating greenhouse gas pollution and building resilience to climate impacts at the local level, the Climate Action Champions competition takes an integrated approach to helping American communities accelerate and expand their efforts to address these interrelated goals.

In addition to being recognized as climate leaders, designated Climate Action Champions will have access to a broad range of federal support designed to advance their efforts, such as: technical assistance, decision-making data and tools, peer networking opportunities, access to DOE renewable energy experts, and the opportunity to participate in the DOE Office of Indian Energy’s Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program.

Applications for the Competition are due Oct. 27. Read the full announcement to learn more or apply now
 

Upcoming Events

 

Oct. 6-9: RES Wisconsin


The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is hosting Reservation Economic Summit (RES) Wisconsin, where attendees can interact with tribal leaders, members of Congress, federal agency representatives, state and local elected officials, and top CEOs on a national platform. Attendees will benefit from high-caliber networking and teaming opportunities, and business development sessions. Event highlights include a tradeshow, a business expo, an American Indian Artisan Market, RES Procurement, RES Business Matchmaking, a Tribal Business Leaders Forum, and more. Register now

Oct. 14-15: Ute Tribe Energy Conference & Expo


Hosted by the Ute Tribe, this energy conference and expo held in Denver, Colorado, is an international gathering of energy producing Tribes, governments, and companies envisioning a path forward toward a more sustainable future. Attendees will learn national policy and budget, state oil and gas, tribal energy companies, and tribal policies for success! Register now.

Oct. 23-25: AFN Annual Convention


The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) is hosting their annual convention in Anchorage, Alaska. The convention is broadcasted live via television, radio, and webcast. Delegates are elected and current events and issues are discussed. Don’t forget to stop by DOE’s Office of Indian Energy booth! To view the agenda and learn more about the convention, visit the AFN website.

Oct. 26-31: NCAI Annual Convention


The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is hosting their annual convention and marketplace in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Several sessions and discussion forums will focus on strengthening governance, protecting cultural legacy, investing in youth, and preparing for the future. Don’t forget to stop by DOE’s Office of Indian Energy booth! Register now.

Oct. 29: Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Putting It All Together


This webinar will build on previous webinars offered as part of the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar series to help Tribes  identify opportunities for renewable energy  projects. According to report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), American Indian land comprises 2% of U.S. land but contains  an estimated 5% of all renewable energy resources. Attendees will learn about the various programs offered by the DOE Office of Indian Energy to help Tribes tap into these resources. Attendees will also be encouraged to provide feedback on possible topics for the 2015 Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is required. Register now.

The webinar series is sponsored by the DOE Office of Indian Energy, Tribal Energy Program, and Western Area Power Administration.
 

More Events

View the Office of Indian Energy events calendar to find additional trainings and events that may be of interest to Tribes.
 

Additional Funding Opportunities


EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Program 

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is seeking applications to create and retain jobs and increase private investment in economically distressed communities. Eligible projects must address at least one of the following areas: collaborative regional innovation, public/private partnerships, national strategic priorities, global competitiveness, environmentally sustainable development, and economically distressed and underserved communities. Projects must also either enhance public works and infrastructure projects or provide economic assistance to regions experiencing severe economic dislocations. District organization of a designated Economic Development District; state, county, city, state, and tribal governments; nonprofits; and higher education institutions are eligible to apply. 

Applications are due Oct. 17, 2014. For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

Western Area Power Administration Seeks Proposals for New California Renewable Energy Products on Behalf of the Navy

Western Area Power Administration has issues a request for proposal (RFP) for new California renewable energy products on behalf of the U.S. Department of the Navy to supply various loads located within the state of California. The RFP will help meet the new energy requirements of 14 Department of Navy installations in California. As a result, the Department of the Navy will contract to purchase power from a new renewable energy generation project for up to 25 years. This project will be the largest single purchase of renewable energy by a Department of Defense entity.

Proposals must be submitted by Oct. 17, 2014. For more information, visit the Western Area Power Administration website.    

USDA Rural Community Development Initiative

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service is accepting applications for nearly $6 million in Rural Community Development Initiative grants that will be awarded to organizations to provide critical financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop and strengthen their capacity to carry out housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects. 

Applications are due Nov. 12, 2014. Learn more.  

 

Website Highlights

 

Spotlight on the Blog: Fond du Lac Band Leads Climate Resilience Efforts on Lake Superior Chippewa Indian Reservation 

Mike Boots, Acting Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, blogged about his recent experience, tour, and visit with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Indian Reservation. Read the blog.

 

New Publication: A Survey of State Policies to Support Utility-Scale and Distributed-Energy Storage

This new document published by NREL summarizes proposed and enacted legislation and activities related to energy storage for nine states, which were selected to provide a high-level view of various energy storage efforts taking place across the United States. Download the fact sheet


Find links to additional helpful publications and resources in the DOE Office of Indian Energy Resource Library.

 
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