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DOE Office of Indian Energy: April 24 Upcoming Events, Funding Opportunities, and Web Highlights


Upcoming Events, Funding Opportunities, and Web Highlights 

April 24, 2015

April 29: Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar on Energy Efficienct Housing and Integrating Renewable Energy Technology

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration, will present the next Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar, Energy Efficiency, Zero Energy Ready Homes, and Off-grid Hybrid Power Generation Systems, on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain time. Guest speakers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will discuss the latest developments in residential energy efficiency and how integrating off-grid diesel hybrid systems into high-performance Zero Energy Ready Homes can deliver energy and comfort to rural Tribes.

There is no cost to attend the webinar, but registration is required. Register now.

Learn more.

May 1: Deadline for START Clean Energy Project Development Applications

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy is accepting applications for the third round of Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance. Through START, federally recognized tribal governments and other tribal entities can apply for and are selected to receive on-the-ground support to accelerate clean energy project development.

Eligible applicants include Indian Tribes, Alaska Native regional corporations, and formally organized tribal energy resource development organizations. Applicants designated as White House Climate Action Champions will also benefit from START Program assistance and will be given preferential consideration. Up to five projects will be selected. Download the flier to learn more.

Applications are due May 1, 2015. Apply now.

May 4–7: Tribal Energy Program Review

Hosted by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the 2015 Tribal Program Review will feature project status updates from Tribes across the nation who are leveraging Tribal Energy Program grant funding to explore or deploy weatherization, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies.

There is no registration fee, but advance registration is requested to ensure sufficient seating and availability of food. Lunch will be provided on the three full days of the review (Tuesday, May 5 through Thursday, May 7). Online registration ended April 23; however, on-site registration will be available starting at noon on Monday, May 4, and at 8:00 each morning of the Review.

Learn more.

May 26: Environmental Justice and Tribal Consultation Training

This training, entitled "Developing Productive Government and Community Relations," is designed to foster a better understanding of tribal and governmental interactions. It will cover federal Indian law and policy, tribal government authorities and structures, and cultural sensitivities and awareness. It is hosted at the DOE Forrestal Building in Washington, D.C., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration is required. Please RSVP to beverly.whitehead@hq.doe.gov. Download the flier for more information.

June 9–11: Oklahoma Community-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Workshop—Register Now!

The DOE Office of Indian Energy, with support from NREL, is offering a series of interactive workshops that will walk participants through the process for developing commercial- and community-scale renewable energy projects on tribal lands. 

The first workshop will take place June 9–11, 2015, in Norman, Oklahoma, at the Riverwind Hotel and Casino. Learn more about the Oklahoma workshop or RSVP now to secure your spot by emailing tribalworkshops@nrel.gov or calling 303-275-3005.

The Oklahoma workshop is one in a series of regional tribal energy workshops to be held this summer. Workshops are designed exclusively for elected tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff.

July 27: Tribal Leader Forum on Forming Tribal Utilities as a Strategy for Economic Development

The 11th in a series of Tribal Leader Forums hosted by the DOE Office of Indian Energy, Tribal Energy and Economic Development: Tribal Utility Formation will focus on the tribal utility as a structure for long-term economic growth and meeting the energy needs of tribal communities. Tribal leaders and staff will have an opportunity to interact with other Tribes, federal agencies, and experts in the energy industry and learn more about tribal utility formation and regulation. 

The forum is limited to elected tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

Participants are responsible for their own lodging, dinner, and travel costs.

Learn more about the forum or register now to secure your spot by emailing tribalworkshops@nrel.gov or calling 303-275-3005.

Funding Opportunities 


USDA Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Assistance Grants: Applications Due April 30

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), under the Rural Energy for America Program, is accepting applications for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Assistance grants of $20,000 or less to establish programs to assist agricultural producers and rural small businesses with evaluating the potential to incorporate renewable energy technologies into their operations. Learn more.

SBA Growth Accelerator Fund Competition: Applications Due June 1 

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is accepting applications for the Growth Accelerator Fund Competition to identify the nation’s innovative accelerators and similar organizations and award them cash prizes to help fund their operational costs and allow them to bring start-up companies to scale and new ideas to life. This competition is open only to private entities such as corporations or nonprofit organizations. SBA will award up to 80 market stimulation cash prizes of $50,000 each to the highest-rated contestants that are focused in Native American populations, including American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian. Learn more.

More Opportunities

Visit the DOE Office of Indian Energy website for more on current funding and technical assistance opportunities for Tribes.

Website Highlights

White House Recognizes Two Climate Action Champions for Leadership on Climate Adaptation and Mitigation

In partnership with DOE, the White House launched the Climate Action Champions Program that designated 16 communities as Climate Action Champions, including two Tribes: Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe. The two Tribes were selected for their local leadership in climate mitigation and adaptation. Read more about their energy strategies, achievements, and commitment to leading by example in the White House blog.

Blog Recounts Alaska Energy Workshop Tour

To help Alaska Native villages address rising energy costs, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and reduce reliance on imported fuel, the DOE Office of Indian Energy recently hosted three regional Alaska Native Village Renewable Energy Project Development Workshops. NREL's Sherry Stout traveled to Alaska with three NREL colleagues to facilitate the workshops, which were led by Alaska Program Manager Givey Kochanowski. Read Sherry's blog to learn more.

New EIA Report Projects Energy Supply, Demand, and Prices through 2040

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook 2015 foresees steady growth in renewable energy generation, with the largest growth occurring in wind and solar. State and national policy requirements are expected to play a key role. Access this report and other helpful resources on the DOE Office of Indian Energy website.

First QER Report Incorporates Tribal Input on U.S. Transmission System Updates

The focus of the first Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) was to examine the nation's energy infrastructure and identify vulnerabilities and risks as well as opportunities to promote economic competitiveness, energy and climate security, and environmental responsibility.

>From April through August 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), acting as the Secretariat for the QER Task Force, held 11 public QER meetings across the country—including one in Santa Fe, New Mexico, focused on State, Local, and Tribal issues—to discuss issues and receive input on energy transmission, storage, and distribution (TS&D) infrastructure. The resulting 348-page report, issued in April 2015, makes recommendations pertaining to eight national energy objectives. Learn more.

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