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Energy Department to Help Tribes Advance Clean Energy Projects and Increase Resiliency



DOE Office of Indian Energy Launches Round 3 of START Program; RSVP for Tribal Leader Forum by Tomorrow

Feb. 26, 2015


START Applications Due May 1, 2015

As part of the Obama Administration's efforts to help tribal communities nationwide enhance their energy security and build a sustainable energy future, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy announced yesterday 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 deployment. 

"Today’s announcement signals the Department’s ongoing commitment to providing Native American Tribes with the tools and opportunity to engage in a dynamic sector of our economy, and foster energy self-sufficiency and sustainability,” said Deputy Energy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall. “We will continue to work with tribal leaders to advance clean energy solutions and identify climate resiliency strategies to prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change on their land, economy, and natural resources.”

START will assist tribal project teams and tribal legal/finance specialists with reaching a late-stage development decision point or milestone to further a project toward development.

Eligible applicants for this opportunity 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. 

Important Dates

Application deadline: May 1, 2015 (midnight Eastern Time)
Review period: May–June 2015
Date of notification: June 2015
Period of technical assistance: July 2015–August 2016

Read the full press release or visit the START Web page to learn more and apply.

Registration Deadline for Tribal Leader Forum Extended to Friday, Feb. 27

On Wednesday, March 4, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy is hosting the 10th in a series of planned strategic energy development forums for tribal leaders and interested staff on "Tribal Energy Systems: Climate Preparedness and Resiliency." The forum will take place from 9 a.m.–5:45 p.m. at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, California. This forum is open to tribal leaders and tribal staff only. There is no fee to attend, but you must register by Friday, Feb. 27. When you register, you will also find information about making your hotel reservations. Register now.

Geared specifically toward tribal leaders and staff, the forum provides an opportunity for attendees to interact with other Tribes, federal agencies, and industry to learn more about climate change and resiliency efforts. The forum will cover topics such as tribal energy systems, models and best practices, clean and efficient climate-resilient energy developments, and climate-smart energy development practices and uses of green and natural infrastructure.

Speakers will include representatives from:
  • Blue Lake Rancheria
  • Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  • Muscogee (Creek) Nation
  • Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • Yurok Tribe
  • Various federal agencies.
View the agenda for details.

If you have questions about the forum, please contact DOE Office of Indian Energy Program Manager Sarai Geary or phone at 202-287-6886.
Copyright © 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy, All rights reserved.
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