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DOE Office of Indian Energy: March 25 Webinar, Summer Internship, and Upcoming Workshops, Plus New Alaska Newsletter



Register for Upcoming Events and Check Out the New Alaska Energy Pioneer Newsletter

March 23, 2015


March 25 Webinar: Tribal Energy Development Operation and Management Best Practices 

Hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy and the Western Area Power Administration, this webinar will explore the challenges associated with developing a tribal strategic energy plan, share proven methods for fostering and growing management capabilities, and provide guidance to ensure tribal staff and council members have access to key information they need to serve as a resource for tribal leaders. Speakers will share tips for overcoming challenges, best practices in strategic energy planning, and ideas for using public participation techniques to support plan development and implementation. Learn more.

Register now.

Applications for Indian Energy Summer Internship Program Due March 27

Sponsored by DOE Office of Indian Energy, the Indian Energy Summer Internship Program is now
accepting applications for a 12-week internship at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Interns will get first-hand experience with existing tribal renewable energy projects and exposure to issues concerning tribal renewable energy technology use and application.

Applications are due March 27, 2015

Learn more and apply.

Regional Tribal Renewable Energy Workshops Scheduled for This Summer

The DOE Office of Indian Energy, with support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 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. 

Workshop participants will learn about the five steps necessary to develop and finance renewable energy projects on tribal lands, including how to:
  • Assess project potential
  • Determine technology options
  • Refine the project
  • Implement financing and construction
  • Plan for project operation and maintenance.
Workshops are designed exclusively for elected tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff.

Dates and Locations

June 9–11, 2015
Community-Scale Projects
Riverwind Hotel and Casino
Norman, Oklahoma

July 27–29, 2015
Community-Scale Projects
Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, New Mexico
This workshop will also feature a tour of the lab. 

Sept. 1–3, 2015
Commercial-Scale Projects
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Golden, Colorado
This workshop will also feature a tour of the lab.

How to Register

There is no cost to attend the workshops, but participants are responsible for their own lodging, dinner, and travel costs. Coffee, a light breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack will be provided.

RSVP to secure your spot by emailing tribalworkshops@nrel.gov or calling 303-275-3005.

Learn more

DOE Selects 11 Tribal Communities to Deploy Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies 

DOE announced last week that the following 11 tribal communities will receive nearly $6 million to accelerate the implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies on tribal lands:

  • Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians (Palm Springs, CA)
  • Bishop Paiute Tribe (Bishop, CA)
  • Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Juneau, AK)
  • Oneida Nation of New York (Oneida, NY)
  • Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin (Oneida, WI)
  • Pala Band of Mission Indians (Pala, CA) 
  • Santo Domingo Tribe (Santo Domingo Pueblo, NM)
  • Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians (San Jacinto, CA) 
  • Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (Fort Yates, ND)
  • Tonto Apache Tribe (Payson, AZ)
  • Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California (Gardnerville, NV). 

The projects represent a total investment value of $13.5 million. DOE's funding is expected to be leveraged by nearly $7.5 million in cost share by the selected Indian Tribes. 

For more details, read the press release.

Website Highlight


Hot Off the Press: Alaska Energy Pioneer Newsletter

Check out the inaugural issue of the DOE Office of Indian Energy's quarterly newsletter for Alaska Native villages and others who are partnering with us to explore and pursue sustainable solutions to rural Alaska's energy crisis. The Alaska Energy Pioneer highlights examples of projects in action, local Energy Champions, and ways you can become engaged and access funding and technical assistance. Your feedback is welcomed and encouraged!

This issue features stories about Alaska Energy Champion David Pelunis-Messier and how the Native Village of Akiak is reaping the benefits of technical assistance. 

Download the full newsletter.

Copyright © 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:

Office of Indian Energy
Policy and Programs

1000 Independence Ave. SW
Washington DC 20585

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