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New Funding and Webinar Reminder


Sept. 26, 2016

Funding Opportunities

DOE Announces Notice of Intent to Issue Nearly $15 Million in New Funding for Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands

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Today, during the White House Tribal Nations Conference, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy announced a Notice of Intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled “Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands” later this year.

Through the planned FOA, the Office of Indian Energy intends to solicit applications from Indian tribes (including Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations) and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations to:

  1. Install clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings; and
  2. Deploy clean energy systems on a community scale. 

The Office of Indian Energy is authorized to fund and implement a variety of programmatic activities that assist American Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages with energy development, capacity building, energy cost reduction, and electrification of Indian lands and homes. Between 2010 and 2016, the Office of Indian Energy co-funded the deployment of 43 tribal energy projects valued at more than $70 million. 

For highlights of how DOE investments have yielded tangible results to help improve quality of life for tribal communities, check out this infographic.

Read more about today’s announcement in the White House fact sheet

Download the Notice of Intent.

Applications for First Steps FOA Due Oct. 20

In addition to the FOA mentioned above, the Office of Indian Energy is currently accepting applications for the “First Steps Toward Developing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands” FOA. Up to $3 million in funding is available for Indian tribes, including Alaska Native villages, Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations, and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations, to initiate the first steps toward developing and sustaining renewable energy and energy efficiency on tribal lands.

Applications are due Oct. 20, 2016. Learn more and apply for the FOA (DE-FOA-0001621).

First Steps FOA Informational Webinar
On Sept. 6, the Office of Indian Energy hosted an informational webinar on the First Steps FOA eligibility, application, and cost-share requirements; the selection process; and more. View the slides and video.

Upcoming Event

Sept. 28 Webinar: Strategic Partnerships for Clean Energy and Economic Development

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The Office of Indian Energy, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration, is hosting a free webinar on "Strategic Partnerships for Clean Energy and Economic Development Project Regulatory Considerations" Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.

Attendees will learn how partnerships can help:

  • Align economic development and clean energy development strategies and policies
  • Leverage resources
  • Reduce or remove policy and program barriers and silos
  • Identify the emerging opportunities and challenges clean energy industries face in the near and long term.

Doug MacCourt, Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of Indian Energy, will kick off the webinar. Alex Dane, Project Lead at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will discuss opportunities and examples of tribal partnerships with federal, local, and nonprofit agencies that help support community development goals and activities. Jana Ganion, Energy Director for the Blue Lake Rancheria in California, will highlight key partnerships the Tribe has established to move closer to completing its low-carbon community microgrid project. Jim Zoellick, Senior Research Engineer for Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University, will also offer perspective as a partner on the Blue Lake Rancheria project and discuss their experience working with the Tribe.

There is no charge to attend the webinar, but registration is required. Register for this webinar.

If you missed one of our webinars, you can listen to and download presentations from past webinars on our website.



Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs
1000 Independence Ave. SW
Washington DC 20585

For more information on the Office of Indian Energy, visit our website and see our brochure.


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