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Register for Jan. 28 Webinar, Apply for START AK by Feb. 6., and More



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Upcoming Events, Funding and Technical Assistance Opportunities, and More

Jan. 26, 2015

 

Upcoming Events

Jan. 28: Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar—Best Practices in Developing a Tribal Strategic Energy Plan

Hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Western Area Power Administration, this webinar will feature case studies and tips from experts who have overcome typical barriers with strategic energy planning and used community participation to gain support and ownership. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 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 webinars

Save the Date! March 23–24: Alaska Project Development and Financing Workshop in Bethel 

Presented by the DOE Office of Indian Energy with support from DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, this interactive workshop will walk participants through the process for 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. Additional details about this workshop will be provided in the coming weeks. 

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.

Upcoming Funding and Technical Assistance Opportunities

Alaska START Program Applications Due Feb. 6

The deadline for submitting applications for the third round of the DOE Office of Indian Energy Alaska Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program is Feb. 6. Designed to assist Alaska Native corporations and federally recognized Alaska Native governments with accelerating clean energy projects, Alaska START is a competitive technical assistance opportunity aimed at achieving the following goals:
  • Reducing the cost and use of energy for rural Alaska consumers and communities
  • Increasing local capacity, energy efficiency, and conservation through training and public education
  • Increasing renewable energy deployment and financing opportunities for communities and utilities.

Through Alaska START, DOE and the Denali Commission, along with DOE’s national laboratories and other local and national experts, will assist rural Alaska Native communities in developing strategic energy plans to help mitigate climate change, conducting energy awareness and training programs, and pursuing new renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities. Learn more.

Apply now for the Alaska START Program.

USDA Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grant: Applications Due Feb. 12

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), under the Rural Energy for America Program, is accepting applications for Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance (REDA) grants to establish programs to assist agricultural producers and rural small businesses with evaluating energy efficiency and the potential to incorporate renewable energy technologies into their operations. State, tribal, and local governments and their instrumentalities are eligible to apply. Applications are due Feb. 12, 2015. Learn more and apply.

Tribes Eligible to Apply for 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.

DOI Indian Loan Guaranty, Insurance, and Interest Subsidy Program

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI’s) Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development is accepting loan applications on an ongoing basis through the Indian Loan Guaranty, Insurance, and Interest Subsidy Program. Operated by 12 Bureau of Indian Affairs regional offices cross the country in coordination with the Division of Capital Investment in Washington, D.C., the program is aimed at spurring the development of viable Indian businesses through conventional lender financing. Tribes or individuals simply apply for a loan through any lender that regularly engages in making loans; in cases where the lending institution would not otherwise approve a borrower’s loan application, the lender may apply for a loan guaranty. By helping reduce the risk incurred by lenders, the program helps borrowers secure financing that might otherwise be unavailable. Eligible entities include federally recognized Tribes and Alaska Native groups. Learn more and apply.

Website Highlights

Tribal Leaders Weigh in on Actions Needed to Bolster Climate Preparedness 

As members of the President’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness, Mayor Reggie Joule, Northwest Arctic Borough (AK), and Chairwoman Karen Diver, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (MN), were tasked with providing recommendations for improving tribal climate preparedness and resilience. Incorporating input gathered from hundreds of tribal leaders across the country, Mayor Joule and Chairwoman Diver released a set of tribal recommendations during the White House Tribal Nations Conference in December. Supplemental to the Task Force’s full report submitted on November 17, 2014, the recommendations highlight the specific and unique perspectives of tribal communities. Read the full story.

Blue Lake Rancheria: Forging a Path toward Climate Resiliency 

In addition to providing the White House Task Force with input, Tribes are taking a leadership role on the climate front through their actions on the ground. Blue Lake Rancheria is one of two Tribes the White House selected as Climate Action Champions in December in recognition of their exceptional work in response to climate change. Learn more about how the Tribe is helping forge the path toward greater climate preparedness and resiliency in the blog.

 
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