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February 13, 2014

Webinar on February 26: Strategic Energy Planning

In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and Western Area Power Administration (Western), the DOE Tribal Energy Program is sponsoring the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series. The series is intended for tribal leaders and staff who are interested in developing facility- and community-scale energy projects, responding to utilities' requests for proposals, and learning more about the competitive power market. The next webinar in the series is listed below. Click the webinar title for more information and to register. There is no charge to participate in the webinar, but registration is required.

  • Strategic Energy Planning
    Date/Time: February 26, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MST.
    Overview: This webinar will provide information about developing a strategic energy plan, identifying key aspects of successful energy planning, and using available information and resources.

A list of webinars scheduled for the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series is available on the Tribal Energy Program's Webinars page. For archives of past webinars in the series, see the Webcast Presentations page of Western's Web site.

February 11, 2014

Funding Opportunities and Grant Writing Assistance Related to Tribal Energy Development

Agriculture Energies is accepting applications from minority farm or ranch owners in Arizona for grant writing assistance. In addition, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are accepting applications for loan guarantee and funding opportunities. These opportunities may be able to be used to support tribal energy development-related initiatives. Information about each opportunity is provided below. Click the title of each opportunity for more information.

  • Agriculture and Energy Grant Assistance Program
    Applications due: July 31, 2014. However, applications will be processed first come, first served, and assistance is available for a limited number of projects.
    Eligible Entities: Minority farm/ranch owners (preferably Native Americans) and farms owned by an entity, provided 50% owner is of minority status. Applicants must be located within Arizona.
    Preferred Projects: Agricultural refrigeration and large irrigation (preferably +75HP fuel generator off-grid).
    Overview: Agriculture Energies will supply grant writing and submission, including meeting with farmers and ranchers, assessing all of the available grants throughout Arizona, and handling all of the grant processing to put in place the renewable energy hybrid power for irrigation and refrigeration agricultural systems. For any questions, please call Chuck Helmke at (520) 204-4223.
  • DOE Solicitation for Advanced Fossil Energy Projects
    Applications due: February 28, 2014.
    Eligible Projects: See the Loan Guarantee Solicitation Announcement.
    Overview: Provides loan guarantees to support new or significantly improved advanced fossil energy projects, such as advanced resource development, carbon capture, low-carbon power systems, and efficiency improvements, that reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse gas pollution. Also see the DOE announcement for more information.
  • USDA Conservation Innovation Grants
    Applications due: March 7, 2014.
    Eligible Entities: Federally recognized Indian tribes, state or local units of government, non-governmental organizations, and individuals.
    Overview: Provides funding to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies, including energy conservation, while leveraging the federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection in conjunction with agricultural production.

February 4, 2014

DOE Tribal Energy Program Review (March 24-27 in Golden, CO)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program Review will provide an overview of the wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under way in Indian Country. The Program Review enables tribes to meet and learn from other tribes that are pursuing energy sufficiency through efficiency and/or renewable energy projects. Participants will also be given an overview of the Tribal Energy Program and learn about their internship program.

The Tribal Energy Program Review will be held from March 24-27, 2014, at the Denver Marriott West in Golden, Colorado. There is no cost to attend the Program Review, but participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs. For more information and to register, visit the Program Review Meetings page of the Tribal Energy Program's Web site.

January 29, 2014

Upcoming Conferences Related to Tribal Energy Development

In February and March, there are several conferences that may provide information relevant to tribal energy development. The conferences focus on a variety of topics including tribal renewable energy development, the environment, clean energy, and business development. More information about each conference is provided below. Click the titles to view the Web site for each conference.

  • Alaska Forum on the Environment (February 3-7, 2014)
    This forum is a statewide gathering of environmental professionals that covers a variety of topics including energy, environmental regulations, cleanup and remediation, and solid waste.
  • 2014 Harvesting Clean Energy (February 4-6, 2014)
    This conference will discuss steps to successful clean energy projects that can help you cut costs and diversify revenue for your business or facility operations. The renewable energy opportunities addressed include biofuels, woody biomass, microhydro, geothermal, solar, wind, and combined heat and power.
  • Tribal Energy Development in the Great Lakes (February 20-21, 2014)
    This conference focuses on opportunities for projects in the Great Lakes area. Topics to be covered include grant, loan, and other incentive programs, long term energy market trends, the practicalities of funding projects, structuring deals, tools for overcoming regulatory hurdles, and the transmission of reservation-generated energy to market.
  • National Reservation Economic Summit (RES) (March 17-20, 2014)
    National RES will feature respected tribal leaders, state and local elected officials, CEO's, networking, teaming opportunities, business development sessions, American Indian Procurement opportunities, and much more.

January 27, 2014

Tribal Energy Development and Mineral Resources Exploration Funding Opportunities

On December 23, 2013, Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn announced two funding opportunities for which the Department of the Interior (DOI), Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) is soliciting grant proposals from federally recognized tribes, Alaska Native regional and village corporations, and tribal energy resource development organizations. One funding opportunity is for projects to build tribal capacity for energy resource development and the other is for projects that promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. For both opportunities, applications are due on February 18, 2014. The opportunities are summarized below with links to additional information.

  • Grant Program To Build Tribal Energy Development Capacity
    The Tribal Energy Development and Capacity-Building (TEDC) grant program helps tribes in assessing, developing, or obtaining the managerial and technical capacity needed to develop energy resources on Indian land and properly account for energy resource production and revenues. For more information, see the TEDC news release and the Federal Register notice.
  • Grant Program To Assess, Evaluate, and Promote Development of Tribal Energy and Mineral Resources
    This grant program is for projects that explore for energy and mineral resources, inventory or assess known resources, or perform feasibility or market studies about the use and development of known energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. For more information, see the tribal energy and mineral resources development news release and the Federal Register notice.

January 23, 2014

Webinar on January 29: Renewable Energy Market and Energy Efficiency Update

In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and Western Area Power Administration (Western), the DOE Tribal Energy Program is sponsoring the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series. The series is intended for tribal leaders and staff who are interested in developing facility- and community-scale energy projects, responding to utilities' requests for proposals, and learning more about the competitive power market. The next webinar in the series is listed below. Click the webinar title for more information and to register. There is no charge to participate in the webinar, but registration is required.

  • Renewable Energy Market and Energy Efficiency Update
    Date/Time: January 29, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MST.
    Overview: This webinar will cover various topics relating to five types of renewable energy technologies (biomass, geothermal, low-head hydropower, solar, and wind), including the latest developments, unique characteristics of each technology, how they are competing in the marketplace, and how they can be used to provide the most benefit to the tribal community.

A list of webinars scheduled for the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series is available on the Tribal Energy Program's Webinars page. For archives of past webinars in the series, see the Webcast Presentations page of Western's Web site.

January 17, 2014

Possible Funding Opportunities Related to Tribal Energy Development

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation are accepting applications for funding opportunities. These opportunities may be able to be used to support tribal energy development-related initiatives. Information about each opportunity is provided below. Click the title of each funding opportunity to view the grant opportunity details on Grants.gov, including instructions for applying.

  • WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for FY 2014
    Applications due: January 23, 2014.
    Eligible entities include: Indian tribes, States, irrigation districts, water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority. Applicants must also be located in: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Virgin Islands.
    Overview: Provides funding for projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency, benefit endangered and threatened species, facilitate water markets, or carry out other activities to address climate-related impacts on water or prevent any water-related crisis or conflict.
  • FY 2014 Economic Development Assistance Programs
    Applications due: Varies by funding cycle; the next deadline is March 14, 2014.
    Eligible entities include: Federally recognized tribes, state governments, county governments, city or township governments, nonprofits (other than institutions of higher education).
    Overview: Provides funding to support the implementation of regional economic development strategies designed to create jobs, leverage private capital, encourage economic development, and strengthen America's ability to compete in the global marketplace.

December 4, 2013

DOE Invests Over $7 Million to Deploy Tribal Clean Energy Projects

On November 14, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced nine tribal clean energy projects to receive more than $7 million, in total. Highlighted during the 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference, these awards will help American Indian and Alaska Native tribes deploy clean energy projects – saving these communities money, enhancing their energy security, and creating new job and business opportunities.

For more information, see the DOE article announcing the awards. In addition, the DOE Tribal Energy Program provides a table listing the projects and requested funding amounts.

November 25, 2013

Webcast Series: Communications Methods for State and Local Climate and Clean Energy Programs

In December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a three-part webcast series on communications strategies and methods that state and local governments can use to ensure the ongoing success of climate and clean energy programs. The structure of the three webcasts will parallel the general phases of program development and implementation: attracting stakeholder support and participation, sustaining change, and gaining momentum from program successes. Participants will learn how to design communications strategies to engage and empower stakeholders, use communications methods to produce sustained behavior change and foster individual and community solutions, and effectively communicate their programs' successes and resulting benefits to diverse audiences.

The series will include the webcasts listed below. Click the webcast titles for more information and to register.

More information about the EPA's Local Climate and Energy Webcast Series is available on their Web site.

November 21, 2013

Tribal Energy in the Southwest Conference (December 9 & 10)

Law Seminars International is presenting "A Comprehensive Conference on Tribal Energy in the Southwest: New Opportunities for Tribal Projects, New Policies, Regulations and Markets." This conference will be held in Albuquerque, NM, on December 9 and 10, 2013, and will provide attorneys, tribal representatives, industry executives, and consultants with key information on successful tribal energy development in the Southwest.

The conference focuses on specific market opportunities in the Southwest for projects and energy or power sales from projects outside the region. Topics that presenters will discuss include federal and state policies, practicalities of funding projects, structuring deals, tools for overcoming regulatory hurdles, and transmission for getting energy or power to market.

For more information and to register, see the Tribal Energy in the Southwest conference page on the Law Seminars International Web site.

November 19, 2013

Webinar on November 27: Resources Available for Tribal Energy Project Development

In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and Western Area Power Administration (Western), the DOE Tribal Energy Program is sponsoring the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series. The series is intended for tribal leaders and staff who are interested in developing facility- and community-scale energy projects, responding to utilities' requests for proposals, and learning more about the competitive power market. The next webinar in the series is listed below. Click the webinar title for more information and to register. There is no charge to participate in the webinar, but registration is required.

  • Resources Available for Tribal Energy Project Development
    Date/Time: November 27, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MST.
    Overview: This webinar will cover the "go to" resources that tribes can utilize both within DOE and in other federal, state, and local offices to help get a project on line. In addition, the latest developments in DOE's renewable energy education curriculum for tribes will be discussed.

A list of webinars scheduled for the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series is available on the Tribal Energy Program's Webinars page. For archives of past webinars in the series, see the Webcast Presentations page of Western's Web site.

October 29, 2013

USDA Announces Availability of Funding to Develop Advanced Biofuels Projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the availability of funding under the Biorefinery Assistance Program for guaranteed loans to develop commercial-scale biorefineries or retrofit existing facilities with appropriate technology to develop advanced biofuels.

The application deadline is January 30, 2014. Eligible entities include Indian tribes, State or local governments, corporations, farmer co-ops, agricultural producer associations, higher education institutions, rural electric co-ops, public power entities, and consortiums of any of the above.

For more information, see the USDA news release and the Biorefinery Assistance Program section of USDA Rural Development's Web site.

October 24, 2013

Postponed: Tribal Energy Program Review and Alaska Native Village Energy Development Workshop

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program Review originally scheduled for November 18-22, 2013, has been postponed. The Tribal Energy Program Review is tentatively rescheduled for the week of March 24, 2014.

In addition, the Alaska Native Village Energy Development Workshop originally scheduled for October 21-23, 2013, has been postponed. This workshop has not yet been rescheduled. More information about the postponement of this workshop is available on the DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs' Web site.

October 22, 2013

Renewable Energy Case Studies Webinar on October 30

In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and Western Area Power Administration (Western), the DOE Tribal Energy Program is sponsoring the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series. The series is intended for tribal leaders and staff who are interested in developing commercial-scale energy projects, responding to utilities' requests for proposals, and learning more about the competitive power market. The final webinar in the 2013 series is listed below. Click the webinar title for more information and to register. There is no charge to participate in the webinar, but registration is required.

  • Renewable Energy Case Studies: Tribal and Developer Perspectives
    Date/Time: October 30, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MDT.
    Overview: This webinar will provide both tribal and developer perspectives regarding renewable energy projects successfully implemented by two tribes. The webinar will cover a variety of topics relating to the case studies, including tribal community engagement, tribal energy goals, project business plans, site and feasibility studies, project organization and management, financing, risk management, environmental studies, and permitting.

A full list of webinars in the 2013 Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series is available on the Webinars page of the Tribal Energy Program website. For archives of past webinars in the series, see the Webcast Presentations page of Western's website.


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