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NSAR Sessions, Forum, Alaska Native Energy Workshops, Funding Opportunities, and More



Upcoming Events, Funding Opportunities, and More

Feb. 20, 2015


DOE Announces Second Round of NSAR Sessions

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is hosting tribal consultation sessions and stakeholder outreach meetings to give Alaska Native corporations and federally recognized Tribes in Alaska an opportunity to provide input on the National Strategy for the Arctic Region (NSAR) 10-year draft plan to develop renewable energy resources in the region. 

The draft plan outlines U.S. strategic priorities to respond effectively to emerging opportunities while pursuing efforts to protect and conserve the Arctic's unique environment. It builds upon existing initiatives by federal, state, local, and tribal authorities; the private sector; and international partners, and focuses efforts where opportunities exist and action is needed. To gather input on the NSAR Implementation Plan developed in January 2014, DOE, in conjunction with several other federal agencies, will host consultation sessions and meetings in a variety of locations, including:
  • Barrow: Feb. 20
  • Kotzebue: Feb. 23
  • Nome: Feb. 24
  • Bethel: Feb. 25
  • Dutch Harbor/Unalaska: Feb. 27
  • Anchorage: March 3
Find meeting times and locations.

In addition, written comments will be accepted through March 21, 2015, to IndianEnergy@hq.doe.gov, or by fax to 202-586-1534.

March 4: Tribal Leader Forum on Climate Preparedness; Register by Feb. 23

The DOE Office of Indian Energy is hosting the 10th in a series of strategic energy development forums for tribal leaders and interested staff. The "Tribal Energy Systems: Climate Preparedness and Resiliency" forum will take place on Wednesday, March 4, from 9 a.m.–5:45 p.m. at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, California.

Geared specifically toward tribal leaders and staff, this forum will provide an opportunity for attendees to interact with other Tribes, federal agencies, and industry to learn more about climate change and resiliency efforts. View the agenda

This forum is open to tribal leaders and tribal staff only. There is no fee to attend, but you must register by Feb. 23. When you register, you will also find information about making your hotel reservations. Register now.
If you have questions about the forum, please contact DOE Office of Indian Energy Program Manager Sarai Geary by email or phone at 202-287-6886.

Feb. 25: Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series—Models for Tribal Energy Development Organizations

Hosted by the DOE Office of Indian Energy and Western Area Power Administration, this webinar will cover available business models such as the Section 17 corporation and the tribal utility. Also, get tips on establishing successful strategic partnerships with private industry to support tribal goals of energy self-sufficiency and self-determination. Speakers include Margie Schaff, Energy Consultant for Tribes, and Doug MacCourt, Chair of Ater Wynne’s Tribal Business Group. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Register now.

See the full schedule of 2015 Tribal Renewable Energy Series webinars.

Alaska Native Village Energy Project Development Workshops


March 23–25
Bethel, AK

March 26–27
Dillingham, AK

March 30–April 1
Juneau, AK

Presented by the DOE Office of Indian Energy with support from DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, these interactive workshops will walk participants through the process of developing renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in rural Alaska and highlight the potential opportunities and challenges involved. Attendees will learn how renewable energy and energy efficiency projects can advance community clean energy goals and hear from other Native villages about their experiences and lessons learned. RSVP to secure your spot by emailing tribalworkshops@nrel.gov. Learn more about the workshops.

March 9–12: RES Las Vegas

Hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, Reservation Economic Summit (RES) is a four-day conference featuring training and business development opportunities, a tribal business leaders forum, a tradeshow and business expo featuring hundreds of exhibitors, and more! Don't forget to stop by the DOE Office of Indian Energy booth at 524! Learn more and register

More Events

View the DOE Office of Indian Energy events calendar for information on additional training opportunities and events that may be of interest to Tribes.

Funding Opportunities


DOE REDI Initiative Funding: Applications Due Mar. 4

DOE's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability is making up to $3.5 million in funding available for communities, including Tribes, to deploy smart grid tools and technologies to advance climate preparedness and resiliency of the electricity delivery infrastructure through the Resilient Electricity Delivery Infrastructure (REDI) Initiative. This funding opportunity supports the goals of the Administration's other initiatives to prepare the nation for the impacts of climate change by providing funding to local and tribal governments. Eligible communities across the country, including the Climate Action Champions the White House announced December, are encouraged to apply. Applications are due March 4, 2015. Learn more and apply.

DOE SunShot Initiative Funding Opportunity: Applications Due March 5

DOE's SunShot Initiative is accepting applications for the Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities funding opportunity. Funding recipients will establish and administer a national recognition program and also provide technical assistance and share best practices with communities seeking national recognition for cutting red tape and improving local solar market conditions. Learn more and apply.

Native American CDFI Program: Applications Due March 5

The U.S. Department of the Treasury is accepting applications for the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund with awards of up to $750,000 to certified Native CDFIs. The awards are made in the form of loans, grants, deposits, and equity investments to support certified Native CDFIs' financing activities, and require awardees to match the CDFI Fund's award dollar-for-dollar with funds from a non-federal source. Technical assistance grants of up to $150,000 are offered to certified Native CDFIs, Emerging Native CDFIs, and Sponsoring Entities. Awardees may use technical assistance dollars to increase their capacity to serve Native communities and/or to create or become certified Native CDFIs. Learn more and apply.

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 Launches Generation Indigenous Native Youth Challenge

White House Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Muñoz announced the launch of the Generation Indigenous Native Youth Challenge at the 2015 United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) Midyear Conference. This challenge invites Native youth and organizations across the country to become a part of the Administration’s Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative by joining the National Native Youth Network—a White House effort in partnership with the Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

President Obama launched the Gen-I Initiative at the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference to focus on improving the lives of Native youth by removing the barriers that stand between them and their opportunities to succeed.  Read more

Video Highlights How Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe Is Cutting Energy Costs

With the help of a DOE grant and in partnership with the Clallam County Public Utility District, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe is saving money on its utility bills after installing ductless heat pumps in 42 tribal members’ homes. Nearly 30% of tribal members are now heating and cooling their homes with the ductless heat pumps. Watch the video
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