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September 26, 2013

Annual DOE Tribal Energy Program Review (November 18-22 in Denver, CO)

The annual 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 annual gathering enables tribes to meet and learn from other tribes that are pursuing energy sufficiency through efficiency and/or renewable energy projects. The review will include information on the Tribal Energy Program and a series of presentations by tribes exploring or deploying weatherization, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies across the nation.

The Tribal Energy Program Review will be held from November 18-22, 2013, in Denver, Colorado. For more information and to register, visit the 2013 Tribal Energy Program Review page of the Tribal Energy Program's Web site.

September 24, 2013

Symposium for Alaska Native Leaders (October 21-22 in Fairbanks, AK)

Native Nation Events is organizing the Symposium for Alaska Native Leaders, which will be held from October 21-22, 2013, in Fairbanks, Alaska. The symposium will bring Alaskan tribal leaders together to meet, exchange ideas, and share success stories regarding the unique challenges facing Alaska Natives. The symposium will include sessions intended to provide information relevant to Alaska Natives on topics such as renewable energy, biomass, oil drilling, federal grants, and more.

For more information and to register, visit the Symposium for Alaska Native Leaders page of the Native Nation Events Web site.

September 12, 2013

Webinar on September 25: Tribal and Utility Partnership Opportunities

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 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.

  • Tribal and Utility Partnership Opportunities
    Date/Time: September 25, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MDT.
    Overview: This webinar focuses on the opportunities for a partnership between tribes and utilities that improves the energy system and stimulates economic development on tribal lands.

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.

September 5, 2013

Upcoming Conferences in October Related to Tribal Energy Development

In October, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and the DOE Tribal Energy Program are holding an Alaska Native Village Energy Development Workshop. Two other conferences, Solar Power International '13 and RES Arizona, will also be held in October. More information about each conference is provided below. Click the titles to view the Web site for each conference.

  • Alaska Native Village Energy Development Workshop (October 21-23, 2013)
    This workshop is designed to help Alaska Native villages and corporations understand the range of energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that exist in their remote communities. There is no registration fee to attend the workshop, but advance registration is requested.
  • Solar Power International (SPI) '13 (October 21-24, 2013)
    This solar energy-focused conference offers four days of exhibit floor hours, educational sessions, workshops, general sessions, opportunities to connect with colleagues and industry leaders, and more. Discounted registration options are explained on the SPI '13 Web site.
  • Reservation Economic Summit (RES) Arizona (October 22-24, 2013)
    Organized by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, RES Arizona will feature respected tribal leaders, state and local elected officials, and CEO's. The conference will include multiple networking opportunities, a leadership seminar, teaming opportunities, and a business development expo and business trade show. An early bird registration rate is available until September 20, 2013.

September 3, 2013

Rescheduled for September 4: Renewable Energy Market Expectations and Trends Webinar

The Renewable Energy Market Expectations and Trends webinar originally scheduled to take place on August 28, 2013, was postponed due to technical difficulties. The webinar has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 4, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MDT.

August 22, 2013

RETECH 2013: September 9 to 11 in Washington, DC

The 5th Annual Renewable Energy Technology Conference and Exhibition (RETECH 2013) will be held in Washington, DC, from September 9 to 11, 2013. RETECH will unite business leaders; investors; technology innovators; federal, state, and local government officials; and university educators from across the world to address today's most pressing issues and opportunities facing every discipline of the Renewable Energy Industry.

RETECH 2013 offers a wide variety of workshops and sessions on renewable energy development-related topics, including the following:

  • Community Renewable Energy Workshop
  • Through the Looking Glass: The Future of Renewable Energy Technology
  • Where's the Money? Financing Renewable Energy Projects
  • Renewable Energy Storage Solutions
  • Small Hydro Projects Present Big Opportunity
  • Case Studies in Wind
  • Waste-to-Energy: New Growth Market
  • Race-to-the Bottom: Have Reductions in PV System Prices Strengthened or Hurt the Industry?

The advance discount registration rate for RETECH 2013 ends August 23. For more information and to register, visit the RETECH 2013 Web site.

August 20, 2013

Update: Community/Facility-Scale Development Workshop

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and the DOE Tribal Energy Program are offering a "Community- and Facility-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop," with support from DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The workshop will be held from September 18 to 20, 2013, in Denver, Colorado. There is no registration cost for the workshop, but participants must register by August 30, 2013. For more information, see the workshop description and the agenda on the Office of Indian Energy's Web site.

August 19, 2013

Webinar on August 28: Renewable Energy Market Expectations and Trends

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 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 Expectations and Trends
    Date/Time: August 28, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MDT.
    Overview: This webinar will explain how various factors may impact the future renewable energy market, such as new technologies, new applications, and other issues affecting the growth and pace of the market.

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.

July 24, 2013

FEMP Webinar on August 1 Relating to Energy Efficiency

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) is hosting a webinar titled "Goal-Based Contracting for Energy Efficient Buildings" on August 1, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. EDT. This webinar will cover ways to implement performance-based contracts that achieve high-performance buildings with low energy profiles. The webinar is one of FEMP's First Thursday Seminars, which are offered at no cost by leading experts, but registration is required to attend the webinar.

For more information about the webinar and to register, visit the Goal-Based Contracting for Energy Efficient Buildings seminar page of FEMP's website. FEMP also provides additional information about their First Thursday Seminars, including archives of past seminars.

July 19, 2013

Webinar on July 31: Conducting Transmission Feasibility and System Impact Studies

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 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.

  • Conducting Transmission Feasibility and System Impact Studies
    Date/Time: July 31, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MDT.
    Overview: The development of more renewable energy resources raises challenges and opportunities for the electric grid relating to upgrades and potential new construction. This webinar addresses the components needed to analyze and assess the impacts, costs, and benefits of transmission line upgrades and additions.

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.

June 13, 2013

Tribal Renewable Energy Development Curriculum and Workshops

The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (DOE-IE) has announced renewable energy development education and training curriculum for tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff. The DOE-IE Renewable Energy Curriculum is available through the National Training and Education Resource (NTER) online learning platform, and more in-depth training is being provided through the following workshops:

  • Commercial-Scale Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop
    Dates and location: July 9 to 11, 2013, in Denver, Colorado.
    Overview: Using course materials and case studies, technical experts from DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will go over the steps necessary to develop and finance commercial-scale renewable energy projects on tribal lands, including how to assess project potential, determine technology options, refine the project, implement financing and construction, and plan for project operation and maintenance. For more information, visit the workshop page on DOE-IE's website.
  • Community/Facility-Scale Development Workshop
    Dates and location: September 16 to 20, 2013, in Denver, Colorado.
    Overview: This workshop will provide information on developing community- and facility-scale renewable energy on tribal lands and will explain the steps necessary to take a project from idea to reality. The workshop will include real-life examples of tribal community- and facility-scale projects.

There is no cost to attend the workshops, but participants will be responsible for their own lodging and travel costs. To RSVP for this training, email kara.thate@nrel.gov

In preparation for the workshops, attendees are asked to watch the "Foundational Topics" of the DOE-IE Renewable Energy Curriculum.

June 12, 2013

Renewable Energy Project Leasing on Tribal Lands Webinar on June 26

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 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 Project Leasing on Tribal Lands
    Date/Time: June 26, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MDT.
    Overview: The HEARTH Act of 2012 provides the opportunity for tribes to eliminate delays, costs, federal environmental reviews, federal administrative and judicial litigation, and risks associated with Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) review and approval of tribal leases of tribal land. This webinar will explain how to achieve BIA approval to adopt tribal leasing regulations.

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.

June 7, 2013

Upcoming Conferences in June for Tribes

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) are organizing conferences in June that include sessions relating to tribal energy development, tribal economic development, and a variety of other topics. Click the title of each conference below to view the main conference webpage.

  • Reservation Economic Summit (RES) California
    Dates and location: June 17-19, 2013, in Temecula, California
    Topics covered include: the IRS Investment Tax Credit, solar energy in California, tribal utility formation and financing, New Market Tax Credits, online gaming, and federal and state taxation. .
  • 2013 NCAI Mid Year Conference
    Dates and location: June 24-27, 2013, in Reno, Nevada
    Topics covered include: tribal natural resources, a process for tribal energy self-sufficiency, and data security.

June 4, 2013

EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is accepting applications for funding under EDA's Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs. Grants made under these programs will leverage regional assets 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.

The application deadline varies by funding cycle, and the next deadline is June 13, 2013. Eligible entities include: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, nonprofits, and institutions of higher education.

For more information, see the FY 2013 Economic Development Assistance Programs grant opportunity synopsis.

May 16, 2013

Conference on Strengthening Tribal Communities (June 4-6)

The Seminole Tribe of Florida's Native Learning Center is organizing the "5th Annual Summer Conference: Strengthening Tribal Communities into the Future." The conference will be held in Hollywood, Florida, from June 4-6, 2013. Each conference session touches on key components that could help tribes accomplish more significant goals. Topics to be covered include: financing renewable energy, grant management, job opportunities in the renewable sector, and federal – tribal relationships.

For more information and to register, visit the 5th Annual Summer Conference Web site. Registration is free to Native Americans and those working within Indian Country.

May 14, 2013

Regional Transmission Planning Webinar on May 29

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 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.

  • Regional Transmission Planning
    Date/Time: May 29, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MDT.
    Overview: As part of a process to develop interconnection-based transmission plans for the Eastern and Western Interconnections and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the eight U.S. regional reliability organizations are expanding existing regional transmission planning activities and broadening stakeholder involvement. This webinar will provide information about the status of the organizations' plans and evaluations of long-term regional transmission needs.

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.

May 9, 2013

Upcoming Conferences Related to Tribal Energy Development and Economic Development

There are upcoming conferences and a workshop in May that cover topics relating to tribal energy development, tribal economic development, and wind/solar interconnection. Click the event title for more information about each one.

  • Sixth Annual Energy Projects in Indian Country Conference
    Dates and location: May 20-21, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada
    Topics covered include: New developments in oil and gas, solar, wind and biomass; planning, developing and financing of new energy projects; and case studies and success stories related to energy development. This conference will be held concurrently with the National Native American Economic Development Conference below.
  • 7th Annual National Native American Economic Development Conference
    Dates and location: May 20-21, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada
    Topics covered include: Economic diversification success stories, managing and balancing debt, risk management, legal updates, and financing for both gaming and non-gaming projects.
  • 2013 Distributed Wind/Solar Interconnection Workshop
    Dates and location: May 21-22, 2013, in Golden, Colorado
    This workshop will provide information relating to interconnecting wind and solar plants and other distributed generation applications to electric distribution systems and integrating large-scale renewable generation into the transmission system.

May 8, 2013

Funding Opportunities for Tribal Clean Energy Projects

On May 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the availability of funding to deploy clean energy projects in tribal communities. DOE's Tribal Energy Program, in cooperation with the Office of Indian Energy, will help Native American communities, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia install community or facility-scale clean energy projects. The following two opportunities are available:

For more information, see the DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy announcement: Energy Department Announces $7 Million to Promote Clean Energy in Tribal Communities.

May 2, 2013

Website to Help Local Governments Advance Solar Energy Initiatives

The Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs) launched a Web site in February to help local governments adopt solar energy. The site includes a database of resources related to solar energy development, a calendar of events and trainings, a blog providing solar energy-related news, and access to "Ask an Expert" and other technical assistance services. SolarOPs is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative.

Visit the Solar Outreach Partnership Web site.

April 26, 2013

Better Buildings Summit for State and Local Communities (May 30-31)

The U.S. Department of Energy is holding the Second Annual Better Buildings Summit for State and Local Communities from May 30-31, 2013, in Washington, DC. The Summit provides an opportunity to engage with state, local, and other decision-makers on effective actions and policies to build a clean energy economy in states and local communities. Participants will learn innovative strategies, policies, and models for adopting and implementing clean energy solutions in their communities that save money, create jobs, increase energy security and protect the environment.

For more information and to register, see the Second Annual Better Buildings Summit for State and Local Communities website.

April 24, 2013

IRS Ruling Allows Tribes to Own Renewable Energy Projects

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has recently made a ruling that a tribe may pass investment credits associated with renewable energy assets to an unrelated third party lessee. This ruling allows an Indian tribal government to be an owner or lessee of renewable energy projects.

For more information, see the IRS ruling and a Chadbourne & Parke LLP article explaining the ruling.

April 17, 2013

Developing Tribal Energy Resources & Economies Conference (June 10-12)

The Developing Tribal Energy Resources & Economies Conference will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from June 10-12, 2013. The conference will highlight the process of strategic energy planning and development for tribes interested in improving their energy security, sovereignty and economies. The conference will explain how tribes have developed successful energy projects, explore new energy technologies and the impacts of fracking, provide the latest information on the right-of-way market, and more.

For more information about the conference, including speakers, the agenda, and lodging and registration information, see the Developing Tribal Energy Resources & Economies Conference Web site. A reduced registration rate for the conference ends on May 1, 2013.

April 11, 2013

Alaska Rural Energy Conference: April 29 to May 1

The 2013 Alaska Rural Energy Conference will be held in Anchorage, Alaska, from April 29 to May 1, 2013. The conference offers a variety of technical sessions covering new and ongoing energy projects in Alaska, as well as new technologies and needs for Alaska's remote communities. The conference includes sessions under four different tracks, which are "Energy: The Big Picture", "The Diesel Powerhouse", "Renewable Energy Options", and "Energy Efficiency and Other Topics."

For more information and to register, visit the Alaska Rural Energy Conference Web site.

April 10, 2013

Power Marketing Administrations Webinar on April 24

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 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.

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

March 18, 2013

Upcoming Webinars Related to Tribal Energy Development

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program, the DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, Western Area Power Administration (Western), the DOE Technical Assistance Program (TAP), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are sponsoring webinars related to tribal energy development. There is no charge to participate in the webinars, but advance registration is required. Click the webinar titles for more information and to register.

  • Commercial PACE – Updates from the Field and New Resources for Program Design and Implementation
    Date/Time: March 19, 2013, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. MDT.
    Overview: The property-assessed clean energy (PACE) model is an innovative mechanism for financing energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements on private property. Over the last several years, PACE programs for commercial buildings have been launched across the U.S. and many local and state governments are considering pursuing this model. This webinar will provide an update on commercial PACE trends and introduce the new DOE resources.
  • The Solar Roadmap: Navigating the Evolving Solar Energy Market
    Date/Time: March 20, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. MDT.
    Overview: This webinar will review success stories and opportunities for local and state governments to make significant progress toward their renewable energy goals using the Solar Roadmap platform.
  • Guidelines for Developing, Staffing, and Overseeing a State ESPC Program
    Date/Time: March 26, 2013, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. MDT.
    Overview: This webinar will present an overview of new DOE guidelines to provide strategies, tools and resources for state energy offices, state building administrations, and others to develop or expand an energy savings performance contracting (ESPC) program. The webinar will also feature state peers that have already successfully taken this approach to ESPC.
  • Understanding the Grid
    Date/Time: March 27, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MDT.
    Overview: This webinar will explain how and why the electricity grid works.
    Additional information: This webinar is part of the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series. Archives of past webinars are available on the Webcast Presentations page of Western's website.
  • TAP Peer Exchange Call: Local Trends in Clean Energy Finance
    Date/Time: March 27, 2013, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. MDT.
    Overview: The peer exchange call will explore the range of ways that communities are engaging in clean energy finance. This will include a discussion of the most current approaches governments are taking to pay for their own energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, as well as how they are setting up finance programs to support projects for their residents and businesses. Also to be covered are resources already available to support this work and what communities still need to develop their own financing strategies.

March 4, 2013

Tribal Energy Program Internships at Sandia National Laboratories (Applications due: March 15)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program is offering a summer 2013 internship opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students. The 12-week 2013 Tribal Energy Program Summer Internship will be located at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Working closely with experienced renewable energy program staff and Tribes interested in deploying renewable energy systems, interns will benefit from direct tribal energy project experience and exposure to a variety of issues concerning tribal renewable energy technology use and application. Frequent travel will be required, as interns will participate in field visits to current tribal energy projects.

Student applicants must be U.S. citizens, and there is a preference for Native Americans. The application deadline is March 15, 2013. For more information and full eligibility requirements, see the Tribal Energy Program's College Student Summer Internships page and the announcement. To apply, visit the Sandia National Laboratories Internships & Co-ops page and search for the key word "tribal energy" within the Careers tool.

February 14, 2013

Renewable Energy Potential on Tribal Lands Webinar on February 27

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 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 Potential on Tribal Lands
    Date/Time: February 27, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MST.
    Overview: This webinar will provide an introduction to the recently released National Renewable Energy Laboratory and ICF studies on tribal renewable energy resources. It will cover location, siting, and transmission issues and opportunities for feasible renewable energy development on tribal lands.

A list of the webinars currently planned for the series in 2013 is available on the Webinars page of the Tribal Energy Program website. For archives of some of the past Tribal Energy Program webinars, see the Webcast Presentations page of the Western Area Power Administration website.

February 12, 2013

Applications for START Round 2 Being Accepted (Applications due: March 15)

On January 30, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the second round of the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program, which provides federally recognized Tribal governments with technical assistance to accelerate clean energy project deployment. Additionally, the Energy Department plans to seek information from Tribes interested in launching or expanding utility services in their own communities, which will help establish a new START Utility Program (START-UP).

The DOE Office of Indian Energy is accepting applications for round two of the START Program until March 15, 2013. For more information, see the DOE Announcement and the START Program page of the Office of Indian Energy Web site.

February 1, 2013

Indian Community Development Block Grant Funding Opportunity (Applications due: March 18)

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) announced a possible funding opportunity under the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program. The purpose of the ICDBG program is the development of viable Indian and Alaska Native communities, including the creation of decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities primarily for persons with low and moderate incomes.

Eligible applicants are Indian tribes or tribal organizations on behalf of Indian tribes. The application deadline is March 18, 2013. For more information, see the Notice of Funding Availability and the ICDBG opportunity synopsis on Grants.gov.

January 17, 2013

NRC Tribal Policy Development – Open Comment Period

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is seeking comments on draft agency procedures for consulting with Native American tribes and suggestions for a policy statement on tribal consultations that the staff will develop.

The draft Tribal Protocol Manual provides guidance on effective interaction between NRC staff and tribal governments, along with background on the historic relationship between the federal government and Native Americans. To aid in the development of an agency-wide policy statement, the NRC is looking for comments from tribal governments and organizations, the public, and other interested parties. The comment period closes April 1, 2013.

For additional information on the NRC Tribal policy development, please visit the NRC website or Federal Register Notice.

January 16, 2013

Tribal and Alaska Native Workshop Presentations Available

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program has made available the presentations from the following two workshops held in 2012:

Both workshops were designed to help tribal leaders and staff understand the range of energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that exist in their communities, and the workshops also covered project development and financing for clean energy projects.

January 8, 2013

Upcoming Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar on January 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 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.

A list of the webinars currently planned for the series in 2013 is available on the Webinars page of the Tribal Energy Program website. For archives of some of the past Tribal Energy Program webinars, see the Webcast Presentations page of the Western Area Power Administration website.

December 19, 2012

Bureau of Indian Affairs Leasing Final Rule Published November 27, 2012

On November 27, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn announced final regulations that will streamline the leasing approval process on Indian land, spurring increased homeownership, and expediting business and commercial development, including renewable energy projects.

The comprehensive reform, informed by nation-to-nation tribal consultations and public comment, overhauls antiquated regulations governing the Bureau of Indian Affairs' process for approving the surface leases on lands the federal government holds in trust for Indian tribes and individuals. As trustee, Interior manages about 56 million surface acres in Indian Country.

For more information and to view the final rule, see the full U.S. Department of the Interior Press Release: Salazar Finalizes Reforms to Streamline Leasing, Spur Economic Development on 56 Million Acres of American Indian Trust Land.

December 17, 2012

WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants (Applications due: Jan. 17, 2013)

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant program provides funding to communities in the western United States 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, and carry out activities to address climate-related impacts on water.

The application deadline for a 2013 WaterSMART grant is January 17, 2013. The following entities may apply provided they are located in an eligible region of the United States: any state, Indian tribe, irrigation district, water district, or other organization with water or power delivery authority. Eligible regions of the U.S. are the following western states and U.S. territories: 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, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For more information, see the Grant Opportunity Synopsis on Grants.gov.

December 12, 2012

Summer 2013 Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (Applications due Jan. 10, 2013)

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of the participating DOE laboratories. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

Applications are currently being accepted for the Summer 2013 SULI Program. The deadline to apply is January 10, 2013. Applicants must identify their first and second choice laboratories where they would like to do their research internship when they apply.

For more information and to apply, visit the SULI Program website. Information about DOE laboratories participating in the program is also available.

November 8, 2012

DOE Tribal Energy Program Technical Assistance

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program offers free technical assistance for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that fit within the program's scope and can be addressed with available resources. Requests are only considered from federally recognized Indian Tribes, bands, nations, and other organized groups and communities—including Alaska Native villages or regional and village corporations.

Typically limited to 40 hours, technical assistance may include renewable energy technology information, renewable resource information, energy efficiency techniques, project support, system performance modeling, policy information, design review, special studies, strategic energy planning, and training.

To request assistance, complete the online request form located on the Tribal Energy Program website.

October 30, 2012

Grant Researching and Proposal Writing in Indian Country Workshop (December 3-5)

The Seminole Tribe of Florida Native Learning Center will present a Grant Researching and Proposal Writing in Indian Country Workshop from December 3-5, 2012, in Orlando, Florida. Designed for anyone from a beginner to an expert, this three-day workshop will provide the skills necessary to explore, seek out, and successfully write a grant proposal.

Registration is free to Native Americans and those working within Indian Country. A prearranged lodging rate is available before November 2, 2012. For more information, see the workshop agenda and course descriptions and the Grant Workshop web page.

September 26, 2012

Tribal Renewable Energy Solutions and Partnerships Workshop at RETECH 2012 (October 16-19)

RETECH 2012, which is a renewable energy technology conference and exhibition, will be held from October 16-19, 2012, in Washington, D.C. On October 16, 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy (DOE-IE) will host an RETECH 2012 pre-conference day-long workshop titled "Tribal Renewable Energy Solutions and Partnerships: Collaborating through the Headwinds of Change." This workshop will bring together tribal and industry renewable energy leaders to explore best practices, public-private partnerships to support and encourage energy infrastructure solutions, and public finance options for tribal clean energy projects. More information about this DOE-IE Workshop is available on their website.

DOE-IE is extending an exclusive invitation to tribal elected leaders or their designated representatives to attend DOE-IE's pre-conference workshop, all conference sessions, and the exhibition free of charge. For information about registering under this special offer, contact the Office of Indian Energy at IndianEnergy@hq.doe.gov. Tribal government employees and staff may register for the full RETECH conference package at the government rate. For more information about RETECH 2012, see http://www.retech2012.com/. Discounted registration rates are available through September 30. See the Registration and Pricing page for registration options and rates.

September 25, 2012

Cancelled: START Program Status Updates Webinar

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program webinar titled "DOE Office of Indian Energy's START Program Status Updates" has been cancelled. The webinar had been scheduled to take place on September 26, 2012.

September 20, 2012

Annual DOE Tribal Energy Program Review (November 13-16 in Denver, CO)

The annual 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 annual gathering provides Tribes an opportunity to network, report on their energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and learn from the experience of other tribes pursuing similar projects. Currently, the program has more than 50 active projects.

The Tribal Energy Program Review will take place from November 13 through November 16, 2012, and will be held in Denver, Colorado, at the Renaissance Denver Hotel. There is no registration fee for attending, but advance registration is required.

For more information, including lodging rate information, see the 2012 Tribal Energy Program Review page. To register, please use the registration form on the Tribal Energy Program's website, and select "Annual Tribal Energy Program Review" near the end of the page.

September 11, 2012

Tribal Rights, Sovereignty and Economic Development Conference (October 18-19)

Law Seminars International is organizing a conference on new legal issues for tribes in Tribal Rights, Sovereignty and Economic Development. The conference will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 18 and 19, 2012.

This conference will provide an update on legal and policy developments impacting tribes. There will be discussions of tribal energy and environmental matters, including the interplay with recent federal efforts to regulate Indian Country. The conference will address federal efforts, via the National Labor Relations Board, to intervene in tribal matters. Additional topics to be covered include settlement of trust fund management lawsuits, taxation, tribal water rights, and federal responsibilities for funding tribal contracts in the wake of Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter.

For more information and to register, visit the Tribal Rights, Sovereignty and Economic Development conference web page.

September 5, 2012

Upcoming Webinar: START Program Status Updates (September 26, 2012)

In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Green Power Partnership Program, and Western Area Power Administration (Western), the DOE Tribal Energy Program is conducting a series of free webinars that promote tribal energy sufficiency and foster economic development and employment on tribal lands through the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The final webinar in the series is listed below. Click the webinar title for more information and to register.

  • DOE Office of Indian Energy's START Program Status Updates
    Date/Time: September 26, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MDT.
    Overview: This webinar will provide an update on the Office of Indian Energy's Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program and the range of projects that were selected in 2012. START and Alaska START aim to advance clean energy generation in Indian Country and provide federally recognized Native American and Alaska Native governments with strategic technical assistance to accelerate clean energy project deployment.

For archives of some of the past webinars in the series, see the Webcast Presentations page of the Public Renewables Partnership Web site.

August 29, 2012

Midwest Native American Economic Development Conference (October 17-18)

Native Nation Events is organizing the Midwest Native American Economic Development Conference, which will be held in Chicago, Illinois, on October 17-18, 2012. Early bird registration rates for the conference are available until August 31.

At the conference, tribal leaders and industry professionals will discuss the latest strategies to promote economic development, and there will be networking opportunities for tribal leaders and professionals to build relationships to help tribes reach their economic goals. This conference will explore a variety of economic development topics, including renewable energy projects, financing options, construction planning, tribal entrepreneurship, tourism, and gaming.

For more information, see the Midwest Native American Economic Development Conference page on the Native Nation Events website. The registration form provides more information about the registration fees, registration instructions, and hotel information.

August 27, 2012

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Alaska Native Community Development (October 16-17)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program will be conducting a course titled "Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Alaska Native Community Development" in Anchorage, Alaska, from October 16-17, 2012. The training is being offered at no cost, but advance registration is requested.

This course is intended to help Alaska tribal leaders and staff understand the range of energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that exist in their remote communities. The course will also cover project development and financing for clean energy projects, and there will be case studies highlighting the efforts of Alaska Native Villages to deploy clean energy technologies.

For more information, see the Tribal Energy Program's Workshops page. To register, please use the registration form on the Tribal Energy Program's website, and select "Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Alaska Native Community Development" near the end of the page.

August 22, 2012

Tribes to Receive Technical Assistance Through START

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (DOE-IE) announced tribes to receive technical assistance through the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) initiative. START is a project of DOE-IE aimed at advancing next-generation energy development in Indian Country. The START initiative is focused on the 48 contiguous states and Alaska. It is led by a technical assistance team comprised of experts from DOE and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

For more information, including a list of the tribes selected to receive technical assistance, see DOE-IE's START Program web page.

August 16, 2012

Land-Based and Offshore Wind Resource Map

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a wind resource map compiled by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and AWS Truepower that combines land-based with offshore resources.

The combined map provides developers and policymakers a comprehensive picture of the nation's wind resources at 80-m for all 50 states as well as offshore resources up to 50 nautical miles from shore. It allows users to easily compare land-based with offshore wind resources. For example, it shows that the offshore wind resource of the Great Lakes is comparable to that found in the windier areas of the western plains states. It also demonstrates the potential for offshore resources to provide for the electricity needs of the heavily populated coastal regions.

The map is available for viewing on the Resource Assessment & Characterization page of the DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Wind Program website. For more information, see the article announcing the release of the map.

August 14, 2012

First Commercial Solar Energy Project on American Indian Trust Lands

On June 21, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar approved a 350-MW solar energy project on tribal trust land of the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians in Clark County, Nevada. The project marks a milestone as the first-ever, utility-scale solar project approved for development on tribal lands.

The Record of Decision signed on June 21 approves the construction, operation and maintenance of a low-impact PV facility and associated infrastructure on about 2,000 acres of the Tribe's reservation, located about 30 miles northeast of Las Vegas. The site represents about 3 percent of the Tribe's 71,954 acres, which are held in trust by the U.S. government. The project is expected to generate about 400 jobs at peak construction and 15 to 20 permanent jobs.

For more information, see the U.S. Department of the Interior Press Release about the solar project.

August 1, 2012

Solar Energy Environmental Mapper Update

Solar Energy Environmental Mapper is an interactive web-based map of information relevant to siting of utility-scale solar energy development in six southwestern states. It was developed to share information about decisions being evaluated in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Development Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Solar PEIS). The Final Solar PEIS was released on July 24, 2012.

Version 1.4 has been released with following enhancements:

  • Updated layers for the Solar PEIS alternatives.
  • New layer displaying data from the Solar Energy Industries Association about existing, planned, and proposed solar projects in the U.S.
  • New tool to view interactive 3D panoramic photos taken at the proposed Solar Energy Zones
  • New report based on the USGS GAP Protected Areas Database
  • Other new map layers including:
    • Brownfield sites from the Environmental Protection Agency
    • Formerly Used Defense Sites from the Department of Defense

Solar Mapper provides access to data about the Solar PEIS alternatives, land use designations, hydrography, and ecological resources in six southwestern states. The site supports analysis of environmental and other siting conflicts that might be present at specific locations, particularly in the context of BLM's new solar energy program.

July 31, 2012

Workshop Related to Small Hydropower Development (August 23, 2012)

On August 23, 2012, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will hold a joint workshop to focus on small and low-impact hydropower licensing and exemption processes. This workshop is part of the National Hydropower Association's (NHA's) Alaska Regional Meeting, which will be held from August 21-23, 2012, in Sitka, Alaska.

The purpose of the workshop is to share information with prospective small hydropower developers on tools the FERC has recently made available to assist with preparation of small hydropower project applications. The workshop will walk participants through the licensing and exemption processes for small hydropower projects, and will include participation from the DOI and other entities regarding their involvement in the review of hydropower licenses and exemptions. The workshop will include a discussion of opportunities to develop hydropower in small communities and Alaska Native villages that may have limited access to other power sources.

For more information, see the NHA Alaska Regional Meeting page of NHA's website.

July 25, 2012

Electric Utility Basics Seminar (August 21-22, 2012)

Electric Utility Basics: Generation, Delivery, Operations, Regulation, and Economics is a two-day course that will be held in Portland, Oregon, on August 21 and 22, 2012. This course is organized by Electric Utility Consultants Inc. (EUCI).

This seminar will cover material on basic concepts, terms, and integration of functions in electric power systems. It will address the primary functions of generation, transmission and distribution, planning concepts, operations and maintenance, regulation, rates, and economics. The course will identify challenges, opportunities, and uncertainties that the energy industry faces in the energy market and evolving regulatory environment.

A reduced registration rate is available through August 10, 2012. In addition, every fourth registrant is free if multiple people are registering from an organization at the same time. For more information about the course, including the agenda, background on the instructor, and pricing, registration, and hotel information, see the Electric Utility Basics seminar information on the EUCI Web site.

July 19, 2012

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Tribal Community Development (August 7-9)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program will be conducting a course titled "Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Tribal Community Development" in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from August 7 to 9, 2012. The training is being offered at no cost, but advance registration is requested.

This course is intended to help tribal leaders and staff understand the range of energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that exist within their communities. The course will also cover project development and financing for clean energy projects, and there will be case studies of tribes' efforts to deploy clean energy technologies on their reservations.

For more information, see the Tribal Energy Program's Upcoming Events and Trainings page and the draft agenda for the course. To register, please use the registration form on the Tribal Energy Program's website, and select "Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Tribal Community Development" near the end of the page.

July 12, 2012

USDA Offering Grants to Assist Rural Communities with Extremely High Energy Costs

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is making available up to $7 million in High Energy Cost Grants during fiscal year 2012 to assist communities where expenditures for home energy exceed 275 percent of the national average. The maximum amount of grant assistance that will be awarded is $3 million.

  • Eligible applicants include: states, local governments, businesses, federally recognized Indian Tribes and tribal entities, and other entities organized under state law.
  • Applications due: July 30, 2012.

For additional information, including application instructions, please see the Grant Programs page of the USDA Rural Development Web site. A USDA news release announcing the grants is also available.

July 10, 2012

Upcoming Webinars Related to Tribal Energy Development

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), DOE's Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, DOE's Tribal Energy Program, and Western Area Power Administration are conducting webinars on energy-related topics in July. These webinars are free, but advance registration is required. Information about each webinar is provided below. Click the titles for more information and to register.

  • Community Renewable Energy Success Stories: Landfill Gas-to-Energy Projects
    Date/Time: July 17, 2012, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. MDT.
    Overview: This webcast will highlight both the challenges and benefits of developing successful community landfill gas-to-energy projects at the Prairie View Recycling and Disposal Facility in Will County, Illinois, and the Perdido Landfill Gas-to-Electricity Project in Escambia County, Florida.
  • Grid Reliability – Impacts to Tribal Renewable Projects
    Date/Time: July 25, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MDT.
    Overview: In 2008, NERC reliability standards compliance became mandatory. This has raised the importance of compliance programs throughout the electric industry, as noncompliance can result in monetary sanctions. This webinar will provide an overview of the purpose and organization of a compliance program, what parts of the bulk electric system are in scope, the range of reliability standards affecting power operations and maintenance, responsible registered entities, and how tribal renewable projects can be impacted by reliability requirements. This webinar is part of the DOE Tribal Webinar Series. More information about upcoming and past webinars in the series is available on the Public Renewables Partnership Web site.

June 21, 2012

Possible Funding Opportunities Offered by the USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the availability of funding through the Rural Business Opportunity Grant Program (RBOG) and Rural Cooperative Development Grants (RCDG). These opportunities may be able to be used to support energy-related initiatives. Information about each opportunity is available below.

  • Rural Business Opportunity Grant Program
    Applications due: August 6, 2012. Eligible entities: Public bodies, nonprofit corporations, institutions of higher education, rural cooperatives, and Native American tribes. For more information, see the RBOG Web page on the USDA Rural Development Web site.
  • Rural Cooperative Development Grants
    Applications due: August 6, 2012. Eligible entities: non-profit corporations and institutions of higher education. For more information, see the RCDG Web page on the USDA Rural Development Web site.

For more information about both grant opportunities, see the USDA News Release announcing the grants.

June 19, 2012

Conferences on Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Residences

The U.S. Department of Energy is hosting two conferences in the coming weeks to highlight the successes achieved by state and local communities to improve the energy efficiency of public, commercial, and residential buildings. Registration is free for both conferences. Click the conference titles below for more information and to register.

  • Better Buildings Summit for State and Local Communities
    Dates and location: June 26-27, 2012, in Denver, Colorado
    This summit will focus on working with public sector professionals to build sustainable programs for public and commercial buildings. It will feature interactive sessions on topics such as portfolio-wide energy management, successful public-private collaborations, policy development, available technical assistance, financing options, and more.
  • Residential Energy Efficiency Solutions: From Innovation to Market Transformation
    Dates and location: July 9-11, 2012, in Arlington, Virginia
    This conference aims to engage administrators and implementers of residential energy efficiency programs, including state and local governments and Better Buildings Neighborhood Program grant recipients. Topics to be discussed include driving demand for energy upgrades, financing options, engaging partners, sustainable business models, and other strategies for success.

June 12, 2012

New Energy Resource Library for Tribes

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy recently released a resource library that provides links to helpful resources for Tribes on energy project development and financing in Indian Country. The library includes links to more than 85 topically relevant publications, websites, videos, and more produced by the Office of Indian Energy and external organizations. The resources are specifically focused on energy topics that help promote Indian tribal energy development, efficiency, and use.

The Energy Resource Library is available on the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs' Web site.

June 7, 2012

Alaska Native Tribes Receive Technical Assistance for Local Clean Energy Projects

The U.S. Energy Department and the Denali Commission announced on May 24 that five Alaska Native Tribes have been selected to receive technical assistance to accelerate clean energy project development and advance energy self-sufficiency and job creation in these communities. Through the Energy Department's Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program, the five Alaska Native communities will conduct community-based planning and training and implement a variety of clean energy projects, including energy storage infrastructure, renewable energy deployment, and housing energy efficiency.

The Energy Department and the Denali Commission also announced a partnership to pursue collaborative clean energy projects in rural Alaska.

For more information, see the article announcing the technical assistance awards on the U.S. Department of Energy's Web site.

June 4, 2012

Energy in the Southwest Conference (July 9-10, 2012)

Law Seminars International is organizing the Ninth Annual Comprehensive Conference on Energy in the Southwest, which will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on July 9 and 10, 2012.

This conference will provide a comprehensive look at recent trends and developments in energy policy in the Southwest. The challenges facing each major fuel source in the region's diverse energy portfolio will be discussed and coupled with expert analysis of financial and regulatory trends at the federal and state level. Additional topics to be discussed include the impacts of FERC Order 1000, the status of major transmission projects in the region, and pending legal challenges to pertinent environmental regulations. Meet and hear from state commissioners, federal regulators, leading energy lawyers, and other experts, and participate in the ongoing dialogue that will shape the future of the electric industry in the Southwest.

For more information and to register, visit the Energy in the Southwest Conference Web page.

May 30, 2012

Renewable Energy Training Courses in Anchorage, Alaska

The Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council (YRITWC) is organizing several renewable energy training opportunities in summer 2012 that will be held in Anchorage, Alaska. These training courses are being offered by Solar Energy International. The courses available are listed below.

  • ST 101: Solar Hot Water Design and Installation – June 25-29, 2012
  • WP 101: Wind Design and Installation – July 16-20, 2012
  • Hooper Bay AK Wind Turbine Installation – August 2012 (exact dates TBD)

These courses are being offered free of charge for Alaska residents through an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant administered by the Alaska Department of Labor. The registration deadline for each course is two weeks prior to the start date of the course. For more information and to register, see the flyer and the application.

May 14, 2012

Tools to Determine Solar and Wind Energy Potential on Contaminated Lands

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed and launched two new tools designed to test underutilized sites and contaminated land for solar and wind energy potential. State and local governments, site owners, and community members can use the tools to help identify the most desirable sites for solar or wind installations from both a logistical and economic standpoint, without the need for technical expertise.

These tools and other resources are available on the EPA's Siting Renewable Energy on Potentially Contaminated Land and Mine Sites page, and direct links to the tools are provided below.

PDF Screening Sites for Solar PV Potential (Solar Decision Tree) (815 KB)

PDF Screening Sites for Wind Energy Potential (Wind Decision Tree) (864 KB)

The EPA will host a webinar to discuss these decision trees and related tools on May 22, 2012, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm, EDT. For more information and to register for the webinar, see the Renewable Energy on Contaminated Land: Tools for Local Governments webinar page.

May 10, 2012

Upcoming Webinars on Transmission Grids, Clean Energy Financing, and More

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, DOE's Tribal Energy Program, Western Area Power Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) State and Local Climate and Energy Program, the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), and ENERGY STAR are conducting webinars on energy-related topics in May and June. These webinars are free, but advance registration is required. Information about each webinar is provided below.

May 8, 2012

Resources Provided by the Green Power Network

The Green Power Network is an online resource operated by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The Green Power Network provides a variety of resources including an overview of green power and how to buy green power, state-specific resources on buying green power, news and information on green power markets and related activities, and a reference library of papers, articles, and reports.

The Green Power Network also posts many green power solicitations in their Renewable Energy Requests for Proposals (RFPs) section. The solicitations posted are for renewable energy generation, renewable energy certificates, and green power.

In addition, the Green Power Network sends a monthly e-mail that provides a summary of the latest green power news and RFPs. To subscribe to this e-mail service, visit their Monthly E-Mail Update Subscribe page.

For more information about the Green Power Network, see their About the Green Power Network page.

April 18, 2012

Energy Development on Tribal Lands Course (July 30-31, 2012)

Energy Development on Tribal Lands is a two-day course organized by Electric Utility Consultants Inc. (EUCI) that will be instructed by the U.S. Department of the Interior and other Indian country experts. The course will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on July 30-31, 2012.

This course will outline why developing an energy project with a tribal entity on tribal land is not a conventional transaction with conventional leases, terms, financing, and collateral. This course will provide a basic understanding of federal Indian law, tribal sovereignty, governments and dispute resolution systems, and more.

A reduced registration rate is available through July 20, 2012. In addition, every fourth registrant is free if multiple people are registering from an organization at the same time. For more information about the course, including the agenda, background on the instructors, pricing, registration, and hotel information, see the Energy Development on Tribal Lands course information on the EUCI Web site.

April 16, 2012

Possible Funding Opportunities Related to Tribal Energy Development

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) and a consortium of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grantees, including Forterra, have announced funding opportunities. These opportunities may be able to be used to support energy-related initiatives. Information about each opportunity is available below.

  • Building Sustainable Communities Consortium Free Technical Assistance
    Applications due: April 30, 2012. Eligible entities within jurisdictions in eligible regions: any local, regional, state, or tribal government, or agency or subdivision thereof, or community-based organization working in close conjunction with any such division of government. For more information, see the Free Technical Assistance section of the Building Sustainable Communities Consortium Web site, and see the Who is Eligible to Apply page to view the eligible regions.
  • EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs Opportunity
    Applications due: Varies by funding cycle, next due date is June 8, 2012. Eligible entities include: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, nonprofits, and institutes of higher education. For more information, see the Funding Opportunity Synopsis on Grants.gov.

April 12, 2012

National Tribal Forum on Air Quality (May 22-24, 2012)

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) and the National Tribal Air Association (NTAA) are co-sponsoring the National Tribal Forum on Air Quality to be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, from May 22-24, 2012. The purpose of this forum is to provide environmental professionals from tribes, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other organizations an opportunity to meet and discuss current policies, regulatory initiatives, funding, and technical topics in air quality.

For more information and to register, see the National Tribal Forum on Air Quality page of the ITEP Web site.

April 9, 2012

National Tribal Healthy Homes and Energy Efficiency Conference (May 8-10, 2012)

The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are sponsoring the National Tribal Healthy Homes and Energy Efficiency Conference. The conference will be held in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, from May 8 to 10, 2012.

Themed "Pulling It All Together," this conference covers a variety of topics to assist Tribes in developing comprehensive programs geared toward creating healthy, energy-efficient homes. Topics covered include developing sustainable tribal communities, healthy & energy efficient heating and cooling systems, drinking water & septic systems, and many more.

For more information, see the National Tribal Healthy Homes & Energy Efficiency Conference page of the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan's Web site.

April 5, 2012

HUD Training: Turning Up the Heat on Energy Conservation (May 15, 2012)

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is sponsoring a training workshop titled "Turning Up the Heat on Energy Conservation" on May 15, 2012 in Olympia, Washington. This training will focus on proactively addressing the impact of rising heating costs on both residents and tribal housing programs. Participants will walk away with new tools to decrease energy costs that can be implemented as training curriculum for residents and incorporated into the annual maintenance inventory.

The registration deadline is May 11, 2012. For more information and to register, visit the workshop registration page.

April 2, 2012

Possible Funding Opportunities Related to Tribal Energy Development

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Delta Regional Authority, and the Appalachian Regional Commission have announced funding opportunities. These opportunities may be able to be used to support energy-related initiatives. Information about each opportunity is available below.

  • DOE Program Year 2012 Weatherization Formula Grants
    Applications due: Varies by program year, next due date is May 1, 2012. Eligible entities: state governments and federally recognized tribes. For more information, see the Funding Opportunity Synopsis on Grants.gov.
  • Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge
    Applications due: May 9, 2012. Eligible entities: Nonprofits, higher education institutions, tribes, and state and local governments. For more information, see the press release announcing the challenge and the USDA Rural Development Rural Jobs Accelerator page.

March 28, 2012

Renewable Energy Projects in Indian Country Conference (May 21-22, 2012)

Native Nation Events is hosting the Fifth Annual Renewable Energy Projects in Indian Country Conference, which will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona, from May 21-22, 2012. At the conference, tribal leaders and professionals will discuss the significant opportunities for energy development in Indian Country, as well as the barriers that tribes must overcome to bring energy projects to fruition. Discussions will include increasing access to private capital, feasibility studies, and how tribes can create sustainable economies with renewable energy projects.

A reduced registration rate is available if registration and payment is received by April 6, 2012. For more information and the registration form see the Fifth Annual Renewable Energy Projects in Indian Country Conference Web page.

March 26, 2012

EPA Region 10 Tribal Leaders' Summit (April 30 to May 4, 2012)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 Tribal Leaders' Summit is being held in Grand Ronde, Oregon, April 30 through May 4, 2012. With a focus on "Common Ground: Sharing Successes, Experiences, and Resources," the EPA Region 10 Tribal Leaders' Summit will bring together federal and tribal governments to explore opportunities to partner and leverage shared resources.

A reduced registration rate is available if registration is received by March 30, 2012. The Summit is hosted by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. For more information and the registration form see the EPA Region 10 Tribal Leaders' Summit page of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Web site.

March 22, 2012

Fall 2012 White House Internship Program (Application deadline: April 1, 2012)

The White House Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. White House interns dedicate their time, talents, energy, and service to better the White House, the community, and the nation. The assignments given to them on any given day could include conducting research, managing incoming inquiries, attending meetings, writing memos, and staffing events.

Interns participate in a weekly speaker series with senior staff members and small group meetings exploring different policy aspects of the Executive Office of the President through speakers, discussion, and off-site field trips. Most importantly, the internship experience includes an emphasis on service, and interns participate in regularly scheduled service projects at schools and nonprofit organizations in Washington DC.

The application deadline for the Fall 2012 White House Internship Program is April 1, 2012. For more information about the internship program and to apply, see the White House Internship main page.

February 22, 2012

Tribal Clean Energy Projects Awarded $6.5 Million from U.S. Energy Department

On February 16, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced 19 clean energy projects to receive more than $6.5 million. These competitively selected projects will allow Native American tribes to advance clean energy within their communities by assessing local energy resources, developing renewable energy projects and deploying clean energy technologies. These projects will help Tribal communities across the country save money and create new job and business opportunities.

For more information, see the article announcing the awards on the U.S. Department of Energy's website. In addition, a document providing the Tribal Energy Program February 2012 award project descriptions is available.

February 15, 2012

Online Resources for Assistance with Energy Development

A variety of online tools are provided by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP), and Cadmus Group, Inc. These tools can be used to assist with energy development, and include clean energy calculators and decision, analysis, prospecting, and mapping tools. Many of the tools have been recently developed or improved.

  • Clean Energy Financing Decision Tool and Guide
    The EPA Clean Energy Financing Programs include a Decision Tool designed for state and local staff in the early stages of choosing a clean energy financing program and a Decision Guide that includes the basics on financing-program options.
  • Resources for Development of Clean Energy on Contaminated Sites
    • EPA and NREL have developed draft solar and wind decision trees that assist with screening energy potential on a variety of contaminated sites. EPA also provides several other resources on Siting Renewable Energy on Potentially Contaminated Land and Mine Sites.
    • NALGEP recently released Cultivating Green Energy on Brownfields: A Nuts and Bolts Primer for Local Governments, which will help local governments evaluate the potential for developing renewable energy on brownfields and other contaminated sites.
  • Distributed Wind Site Analysis Tool
    The Distributed Wind Site Analysis Tool, developed by the Cadmus Group, Inc., allows users to input location and terrain information about a potential wind system site in the United States and predict the energy output and environmental benefits of that site. For more information, see the article announcing the release of the tool.
  • Online tools Available through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    The following is a list of models and tools that can assist in learning more about various renewable energy technologies and their uses. Most of these tools can be applied on a global, regional, local, or project basis.

February 10, 2012

USDA Rural Energy for America Program Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to complete a variety of projects. REAP is offering both loan guarantees and grants to help eligible applicants install renewable energy systems, make energy efficiency improvements, and conduct energy audits and feasibility studies. Tribes are eligible for the following opportunity:

  • Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grant
    Applications accepted through February 21, 2012. Eligible entities: Units of State, tribal, or local government, land-grant colleges or universities or other institutions of higher education, rural electric cooperatives, public power entities, and instrumentalities of State, tribal, or local governments.

For more information, see the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) web page. Instructions for applying are located in the REAP Notice of Funding Availability.

February 9, 2012

Upcoming Webinars Related to Energy Development

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Geothermal Technologies Program, Western Area Power Administration, DOE's Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, DOE's Tribal Energy Program, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Green Power Partnership Program are conducting webinars in February and March. These webinars are free, but advance registration is required. Information about each webinar is provided below. Click the webinar title for more information and to register.

A listing of webinars in the tribal webinar series and presentations from past webinars in the series are available on the Public Renewables Partnership web site.

January 25, 2012

Distributed Wind/Solar Interconnection Workshop – February 22-24

Western Area Power Administration (Western); the Utility Wind Integration Group (UWIG); the American Public Power Association (APPA); and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Wind and Water Power, Solar Energy Technologies, and Tribal Energy programs are jointly presenting the sixth Distributed Wind/Solar Interconnection Workshop. It will be held from February 22-24, 2012 in Golden, Colorado, and portions of the workshop are offered via webinar.

For more information, see the Workshop webpage. Onsite attendance is limited to the first 35 registrants. There are registration fees for both onsite and online attendance. However, Western is offering registration fee compensation for onsite attendance to tribal representatives on a first come, first served basis. For more information about this offer from Western, contact Randy Manion at manion@wapa.gov or by phone at 720-962-7423.

January 11, 2012

NEPA Workshop: March 21-22 in Denver, CO

The International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management (IIIRM) is offering a workshop on the strategic application of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in Indian Country. The workshop will be held on March 21 and 22, 2012 at the DoubleTree Hotel Denver in Colorado. The workshop is designed for Tribal Council Members, Attorneys, Natural and Cultural Resource Specialists and Environmental Protection Professionals and Federal Agency Personnel and Contractors Working in Indian Country.

For more information, see the workshop description and registration materials. A reduced registration fee is available until February 15, 2012.

January 5, 2012

Possible Funding Opportunities Related to Tribal Energy Development

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Bureau of Indian Affairs and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service have announced funding opportunities. These opportunities may be able to be used to support energy-related initiatives. Information about each opportunity is available below.

  • USDA 2012 Hazardous Fuels Woody Biomass Utilization Grant – $3 million
    Applications due: March 1, 2012. Eligible entities include: federally recognized tribes, State and local governments, special district governments, independent school districts, institutions of higher education, public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, nonprofit organizations, for profit organizations. For more information, see the Funding Opportunity Synopsis on Grants.gov.
  • DOI Grant Program to Assess, Evaluate, and Promote Development of Tribal Energy and Mineral Resources
    Grant proposals due: March 16, 2012. Eligible entities: Indian tribes. For more information, including instructions for submitting proposals, see the Federal Register notice.

January 4, 2012

Upcoming Energy-Related Webinars in January

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, the DOE Tribal Energy Program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Western Area Power Administration are sponsoring webinars in January. These webinars are free, but advance registration is required. Information about each webinar is provided below.

  • Webinar for Tribes on Geothermal Resources and Financing Options
    Date/Time: January 10, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. MST. For more information about this webinar and to register see the webinar registration page.
  • Overview of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Program
    Date/Time: January 25, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. MST. For more information about this webinar and to register see the Tribal Energy Program Webinars page.

December 20, 2011

New Interactive Mapping Tool Assists with Project Siting

The U.S. Department of Defense and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) have created the Renewable Energy and Defense Geospatial Database, a mapping and analytic tool to help project developers identify possible barriers to a proposed project location, including nearby military bases, radar installations, missile silos, and flight paths. The database also shows endangered or threatened wildlife species near the proposed project site. The system will be free to developers if they sign a licensing agreement with the NRDC.

For more information, see the Description of the geospatial database on NRDC's Web site. The description includes a link to download a Google Earth KMZ that provides a sample of the data. Google Earth is available for free download through earth.google.com.

December 15, 2011

DOE Announces Technical Assistance Opportunity for Tribal Clean Energy Deployment
(Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2012)

On December 2, 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) program. This program is aimed at advancing clean energy generation in Indian Country and providing federally recognized Native American and Alaska Native governments with technical assistance to accelerate clean energy project deployment.

Through START, Department of Energy and National Laboratory experts will work directly with community-based project teams to evaluate financial and technical feasibility and provide early development technical assistance to get these projects better positioned for financing and construction. This initiative complements the DOE Office of Indian Energy's efforts to make reliable and technical information and training available to Tribal communities throughout the United States.

For more information, see DOE's START Announcement and the START Program web page, which includes links to the applications. Concept applications for START are due by January 15, 2012.

December 12, 2011

Wind Powering America Webinars in December

The U.S. Department of Energy is sponsoring several webinars in December through the Wind Powering America (WPA) initiative. These webinars are free and do not require advance registration. Information about each webinar is provided below.

  • Wind Power Economics: Past, Present, and Future Trends
    Date/Time: December 14, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. EST. More information about this webinar and access information are available on the Wind Power Economics: Past, Present, and Future Trends webinar page.
  • U.S. Small Wind Market Report: 144,000 Turbines Deployed
    Date/Time: December 15, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. EST. More information about this webinar and access information are available on the U.S. Small Wind Market Report: 144,000 Turbines Deployed webinar page.
  • Wind and Wildlife Interactions
    Date/Time: December 21, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. EST. More information about this webinar and access information are available on the Wind and Wildlife Interactions webinar page.

December 9, 2011

NARA Opportunity for Native American Graduate Students

The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) is offering Native American Graduate Students in the fields of environmental science, forestry, biology, and engineering an opportunity to work collaboratively with the Columbia River Basin tribes on project teams for nine months beginning in fall 2012.

Research institutions involved in this alliance include University of Washington, Washington State University, University of Idaho, University of Oregon, University of Montana, and Montana State University.

Because most schools have graduate application deadlines during the winter months for fall admission, graduate students who are interested in this opportunity should apply immediately.

Please visit the NARA website for more information about NARA educational programs. Questions about this opportunity may be directed to Laurel James, NARA Tribal Projects Team.

December 7, 2011

Possible Funding Opportunities Related to Tribal Energy Development

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have announced funding opportunities. These opportunities may be able to be used to support energy-related initiatives. Links for more information are provided for each opportunity.

  • DOI WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for FY 2012 – $18 million
    Applications due: January 19, 2012. Eligible entities include: States, Indian tribes, 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. For more information, see the Funding Opportunity Synopsis on Grants.gov.
  • DOE Smart Grid Data Access Funding Opportunity – $8 million
    Applications due: March 1, 2012. For more information, see the Funding Opportunity Synopsis on Grants.gov.

December 2, 2011

EPA Webcast – Climate Action Plan Evaluation: Part 2 (December 7, 2011)

On December 7, 2011 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. (EST), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Local Climate and Energy Program is offering the second webinar of a two-part series on Climate Action Planning. It will focus on helping local governments measure and evaluate the progress of their climate mitigation work. A diverse group of local governments with firsthand experience will discuss their experiences, including methods/tools/indicators used to measure progress; data sources and data management; benefits of climate actions; and communicating results.

Register for this webcast at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/961077066. For more information about EPA Local Climate and Energy Program Webcasts, visit the program's Webcasts page.

November 23, 2011

Webinar for Tribes on November 30: Overview of DOE Power Marketing Administrations

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) – Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, the DOE Tribal Energy Program, and the Western Area Power Administration (Western) are conducting a webinar to provide tribes with an overview of power marketing administrations (PMAs), including their service territories, their power resources, their role in delivering federal power to customers, and the methods of determining power rates.

The webinar will take place on November 30, 2011 from 11:00am to 12:30pm MST. For more information about this webinar and to register visit the Tribal Energy Program Webinars page.

October 28, 2011

Tribal Energy Program Summer 2012 Internships (Application Deadline: Feb. 17, 2012)

The U.S. Department of Energy's Tribal Energy Program is seeking current college upper-classmen and graduate students for summer 2012 internships at Sandia National Laboratories. Students must be U.S. citizens and Native Americans (defined as a member of a federally recognized tribe, Alaska Village, or Alaska Corporation) with specific interest in renewable energy.

For more information on the internship program, including comments and papers from past interns, and to apply see the College Student Summer Internships page on the Tribal Energy Program's website. Applications must be postmarked by February 17, 2012.

October 28, 2011

White House Council on Environmental Quality Internships

The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is seeking talented, hard-working students interested in using public policy to improve our nation. Applicants will have the chance to work in a challenging workplace with today's top environmental policy analysts.

CEQ was established within the Executive Office of the President by Congress as part of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). Under NEPA, CEQ works to balance environmental, economic, and social objectives in pursuit of NEPA's goal of "productive harmony" between humans and the human environment. The challenge of harmonizing our economic, environmental, and social aspirations has put NEPA and CEQ at the forefront of our nation's efforts to protect the environment.

The deadline for applying for spring internships is November 1, 2011. For summer and fall internship deadlines and additional details on this opportunity, see the description of the internship program and the CEQ Internship Program web page.

October 28, 2011

National Congress of the American Indian Convention: October 30 – November 4

The National Congress of the American Indian (NCAI) 2011 Convention, "Footprints into the Future: Our Shared Journey Toward Tribal Prosperity," is being held October 30 through November 4, 2011, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.

During the convention, DOE's Office of Indian Energy will convene the second session of the Indian Country Energy and Infrastructure Working Group, announce the kick-off of its newly developed Tribal Leader Energy Education and Technical Assistance Initiative, and conduct consultation on pending DOE Indian energy policy initiatives and changes.

For more information, see NCAI's website and the agenda of energy events.

October 27, 2011

Possible Funding and Technical Assistance Opportunities Related to Tribal Energy Development

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have announced funding and technical assistance opportunities. These opportunities may be able to be used to support energy-related initiatives. Eligibility information and links for more information are provided for each opportunity. Please note the deadline of October 28 for the EPA opportunities.

  • EPA 2011 Smart Growth Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program
    Letters of interest due: October 28, 2011 at 3:00pm eastern time. Eligible entities include: Tribal, local, regional, and state governments and nonprofit organizations that have a demonstrated partnership with a governmental entity. For more information, see the Sustainable Communities Building Blocks web page.
  • EPA 2011 Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program – $225,000 to $300,000
    Letters of interest due: October 28, 2011. Eligible entities: Tribal, local, regional, and state governments and nonprofit organizations that have a demonstrated partnership with a governmental entity. For more information, see the Smart Growth Implementation Assistance web page and the request for letters of interest.
  • HUD FY 2012 Indian Community Development Block Grant Program
    Applications due: January 4, 2012. Eligible applicants: Indian tribes or tribal organizations on behalf of Indian tribes. For more information, see the Synopsis on Grants.gov and view the Notice of Funding Availability.

October 21, 2011

Tribal Healthy Homes Northwest Webinar on October 25, 2011

On October 25, 2011 from 10:00am to 11:30am PDT, Tribal Healthy Homes Northwest is sponsoring a webinar titled "Renovating or Building New Tribal Homes? Top 10 Affordable and Healthy Building Materials You Can Begin Using Today."

This webinar focuses on practical, reasonably priced healthy building materials that your tribe can readily incorporate into its repairs, renovations, and new construction. Featured speakers are Thor Peterson, green building educator and former Research Director for the Cascadia Green Building Council, and Doug Kennedy, a Northwest pioneer in bringing indoor air quality into construction practices.

Register for this webinar at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/758203062

October 6, 2011

Possible Funding Opportunities Related to Tribal Energy Development

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Tribal Energy Program, periodically distributes information about possible funding opportunities related to energy development, some of which are specific to tribes. These announcements are compiled by Laurie Brown at the Washington State University Extension Energy Program.

View the latest announcement of the Funding Opportunities.

For more information, contact the DOE Tribal Energy Program at tribal@go.doe.gov.

September 22, 2011

Possible Funding Opportunities Related to Tribal Energy Development

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have announced funding opportunities for various entities. These grants may be able to be used to support energy-related initiatives. Specific opportunities are listed below, and eligibility information is provided for each opportunity.

In addition, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Tribal Energy Program, periodically distributes information about possible funding opportunities related to energy development, some of which are specific to tribes. These announcements are compiled by Laurie Brown at the Washington State University Extension Energy Program. View the latest announcement of the Funding Opportunities. For more information, contact the DOE Tribal Energy Program at tribal@go.doe.gov.

  • NOAA FY 2010-FY2011 Broad Agency Announcement (BAA).
    Applications due: September 30, 2011. Eligible entities: Individuals; state, local, and Indian tribal governments; institutions of higher education; nonprofits; commercial organizations; and international or foreign organizations or governments. For more information, see the funding opportunity synopsis on Grants.gov.
  • HUD's Energy Innovation Fund - Multifamily Pilot Program - $25 million.
    Applications due: October 20, 2011. Eligible entities include: National, regional, or local private or non-profit entities currently administering affordable housing development and rehabilitation programs; special purpose financing entities; and nonprofit or for-profit organizations that own or control a portfolio of eligible multifamily properties. For more information, please see the Energy Innovation Fund NOFA and the funding opportunity synopsis on Grants.gov.
  • EPA FY 2012 National Environmental Information Exchange Network Grant Program - $10 million.
    Applications due: November 4, 2011. Eligible entities include: State and local governments, U.S. territories, federally recognized tribes, and others. For more information, see the Exchange Network Grants page on the EPA's website.

September 15, 2011

Upcoming Climate and Energy Webcasts

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are offering a number of webcasts in September and October. In addition, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offers monthly webcasts. All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.

  • ENERGY STAR Webcasts
    ENERGY STAR is a program supported by the EPA and DOE to promote the use of energy efficient products and practices. To view all upcoming ENERGY STAR webcasts and to register visit ENERGY STAR's Training web page. Several upcoming webcasts in September and October are listed below.
    • September 19, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT): Champions of ENERGY STAR – Profiles in Leadership
    • September 22, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT): Seattle Energy Benchmaking & Reporting Webinar
    • September 27, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT): ENERGY STAR Programs for Success: K-12 Schools
    • October 11, 12:00-2:00 PM (EDT): Best Practices to Improve Energy Performance in Commercial Buildings
  • DOE Webcasts
    Several webcasts sponsored by DOE are shown below. Use the links provided for more information and to register.
  • NOAA Webcasts
    NOAA sponsors monthly webinars on coastal issues, tools, and data that feature demonstrations, case studies, and opportunities to engage with field experts. These webinars often reach capacity early, so please register well in advance. To register or to view past webinars, visit the NOAA webinars page. Upcoming webinars in 2011 are listed below.
    • October 5, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (eastern): Community Resilience, Part II: Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Case Studies
    • November 2, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (eastern): Mapping and Visualizing Sea level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts
    • December 7, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (eastern): Marshes on the Move: Understanding and Using Model Results That Show Future Sea Level Rise Impacts on Coastal Wetlands

September 15, 2011

NMAI and Tribes Launch Environmental Website

Working in partnership with four Indian tribes, the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) has launched a website that demonstrates how tribes use traditional culture, values, and indigenous knowledge in combination with science and technology to tackle environmental issues.

The new website, "American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges," is designed to educate middle school students, high school students, and teachers. Visitors to the website can watch up to 20 different videos, explore images and objects from the museum's collection, learn Native terms, and test their knowledge by taking quizzes. In addition, the site has an interactive element that enables students to document environmental issues of their own and upload their work to the website.

Environmental stewardship is a deeply held Native American cultural value that remains important to many American Indians to this day. The website shows visitors how American Indian communities are dealing with contemporary environmental and cultural issues. The partnering tribes that assisted with this website are the Akwesasne Mohawk of New York, the Campo Kumeyaay Nation of California, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe of Minnesota, and the Lummi Nation of Washington.

August 11, 2011

DOE Tribal Energy Program Review: November 14-18 in Denver, CO

The annual U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program review is a gathering that enables tribes to meet and learn from other tribes that are pursuing energy sufficiency through renewable energy and/or energy efficiency projects. This forum provides an excellent overview of the wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under way in Indian Country. The review will include an overview of the Tribal Energy Program and a series of presentations by tribes exploring or deploying weatherization, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies across the nation.

The review will begin at 1:00pm on Monday, November 14 and continue through noon on Friday, November 18, 2011. It will be held at the Renaissance Denver Hotel. There is no registration fee, but advance registration is required to ensure adequate seating and food service.

For more information and to register, see the Upcoming Events page on the Tribal Energy Program website.

August 9, 2011

Upcoming Webinars for Tribes in August and September

The Western Area Power Administration (Western) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program will hold a webinar that offers tribes guidance for winning utility renewable Requests for Proposals (RFPs). In addition, the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) will host transmission planning webinars for tribes.

  • Challenges and Opportunities with Tribal Renewable Energy Development
    Western and the DOE Tribal Energy Program are holding this free webinar on August 17, 2011 from 11:00am to 1:00pm Mountain Time. This webinar is for tribes who are interested in responding to renewable RFPs from utilities, or who simply want to learn more about the competitive power market. For more information and to register, see the full announcement on the Energy Services News section of Western's website. Due to limited space, early registration is strongly encouraged.
  • Overview of 10-Year Plan and EDTF Report for Tribal Representatives
    On August 18, 2011 and September 1, 2011, Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) will host informational webinars on transmission planning. The goals of the webinars are to acquaint tribal leaders and representatives with major transmission planning initiatives that are active in the Western Interconnection and to explore ways that they can collaborate more effectively with Tribes in the West. Both WECC webinars will cover the same content. For more information and to register, see the August 18 webinar announcement and the September 1 webinar announcement.

August 4, 2011

Tribal Schools Win 2nd Annual Renewable Energy Challenge

Two teams were recently selected as winners of the 2nd annual Indian Education Renewable Energy Challenge, an event sponsored by the Bureau of Indian Education and the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory. In this year's challenge tribal college and high schools competed to create biodiesel fuel out of raw biomass. The winning teams were Oneida Nation High School in the high school division and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in the college division.

The Oneida Nation High School team developed a process to create biodiesel from waste vegetable oil donated by local businesses. The SIPI team grew its own algae for production of biodiesel fuel. The winning teams received their awards during a two-day visit to Argonne, July 14-15, 2011. During that visit, the students toured lab facilities, met with Argonne scientists working on energy issues, and built solar cells.

For more information about this year's challenge, see the press release issued by Argonne.

August 2, 2011

DOE to Award Over $6 Million for Clean Energy Projects on Tribal Lands

On July 21, 2011, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced 31 tribal energy projects to receive $6.3 million over two years as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) ongoing efforts to support tribal energy development and continue strengthening the partnership with tribal nations. These competitively selected projects will allow Native American tribes to advance clean energy within their communities by developing strategic energy plans, expanding the skills and knowledge of tribal members, and improving the energy efficiency of their buildings. These investments will help tribal communities save money and reduce energy waste, expand the use of clean energy technologies, and promote economic development.

The $6.3 million in DOE funding will go toward 31 projects selected for negotiation of award in three project areas, including over $2.17 million for feasibility studies, over $2.14 million for first-steps planning projects, and over $2 million for installation projects on tribal lands.

The full press release is available on the DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website.

July 29, 2011

Possible Funding Opportunities Related to Tribal Energy Development

The Native American Business Development Institute (NABDI), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have announced funding opportunities for various entities. Some of these grants can be used to support energy related initiatives. Specific opportunities are listed below, and eligibility information is provided for each opportunity.

In addition, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Tribal Energy Program, periodically distributes information about possible funding opportunities related to energy development, some of which are specific to tribes. These announcements are compiled by Laurie Brown at the Washington State University Extension Energy Program. View the latest announcement of the Funding Opportunities. For more information, contact the DOE Tribal Energy Program at tribal@go.doe.gov.

  • DOE Weatherization Formula Grants - Likely Approximately $210 Million.
    Applications due: Varies by program year; next due date is August 1, 2011. Eligible entities: Agencies that administer the Weatherization Assistance Program. For more information, contact Meghaan Hampton or see the opportunity description and summary on the FedConnect Web site.
  • Technical Assistance Funding From the Native American Business Development Institute (NABDI).
    Applications due: August 12, 2011. Eligible entities: federally recognized American Indian tribes. For more information, please see the Federal Register Notice.
  • HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants - $67 Million.
    Pre-applications due: August 25, 2011. Eligible entities: a multijurisdictional and multi sector partnership consisting of a consortium of government entities and non-profit partners. Details of eligibility are provided in the funding opportunity synopsis on Grants.gov. For more information, see the funding announcement on HUD's website.
  • DOE SunShot Initiative: Rooftop Solar Challenge to Induce Market Transformation - Approximately $12.5 Million.
    Applications due: August 31, 2011. Eligible entities: State or territorial governments; local governments; consortia made up of regional or statewide teams of local governments, large single jurisdictions, or Indian tribes; entities authorized to act on behalf of a consortium. Entities must represent a total population of 500,000 or greater. For more information, see the funding opportunity synopsis on Grants.gov.
  • DOC Economic Development Administration Public Works, Economic Adjustment, and Global Climate Change Mitigation Programs Opportunity - Likely ~$25 Million.
    Applications due: Depends on funding cycle; next funding cycle is due September 15, 2011. Eligible entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, nonprofits, private institutions of higher education. For more information, see the funding opportunity synopsis on Grants.gov.

July 25, 2011

Tribal Energy Development Grants (Application Deadline August 29, 2011)

The Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development recently published in the Federal Register a request for grant applications from federally-recognized tribes who wish to develop their capacity for energy resource development. The deadline for grant applications is August 29, 2011.

The purpose of the grants is to assist tribes in assessing, developing, or sustaining the managerial and technical capacity needed to develop energy resources on Indian land and to properly account for resulting energy production and revenues, as provided for in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, 25 U.S.C. 3502.

For more information, see the grant proposal solicitation. Questions about the grants may be directed to Catherine Freels, Program Analyst, by phone at 865-545-4315, ext. 23 or by email at Catherine.Freels@bia.gov.

July 11, 2011

Interactive Map of U.S. Tidal Energy Resources

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), recently released a new database and online mapping application identifying the energy potential available in the United States from ocean tides. This online application provides important information that can improve the performance, lower the costs, and accelerate the deployment of innovative water power technologies.

The online application maps the energy available in the nation's tidal streams. Researchers at Georgia Tech's Savannah campus used the Regional Ocean Model to simulate tidal flows along the entire U.S. coastline, which is marked by thousands of streams, rivers and bays subject to daily tides. DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory validated the model's accuracy and the resulting data are now publically available at www.tidalstreampower.gatech.edu.

For more information, see the DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy news article.

July 1, 2011

NEPA Workshop: August 17-18 in Denver, CO

The International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management (IIIRM) is offering a workshop on the strategic application of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in Indian Country. The workshop will be held on August 17 and 18, 2011 at the DoubleTree Hotel Denver in Colorado. The workshop is designed for Tribal Council Members, Attorneys, Natural and Cultural Resource Specialists and Environmental Protection Professionals and Federal Agency Personnel and Contractors Working in Indian Country.

For more information, see the workshop agenda and registration materials.

June 21, 2011

Greener Homes National Summit: September 27-29

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) is sponsoring the Greener Homes National Summit in Denver, CO on September 27-29, 2011. The summit is designed to foster discussions that will promote energy efficient tribal homes and communities as well as encourage economic development through adoption of energy efficiency technologies and development of renewable energy resources on tribal lands. The Following are a few of the sessions the conference will include:

  • Energy Efficiency and Your Home
  • Conducting Energy Assessments
  • Developing a Green Community
  • Financing Alternative Energy Projects
  • Alternative Energy Sources and Building Materials

Registration for the summit is free, but advance registration is required in order to attend. For more information and to register, see the Greener Homes National Summit Website.

June 7, 2011

Tribal Energy Development Conference – July 14 & 15

Law Seminars International is hosting the Fifth Annual National Conference on Tribal Energy Development in Washington, D.C. on July 14 and 15, 2011. The seminar will kick off with an in-depth report from Capitol Hill on national tribal energy policy being debated in Washington, D.C. and across the nation, from the ARRA stimulus experience through new leadership for tribal energy in the U.S. Departments of Energy and Interior. The opportunities for tribes and Alaska Natives to advance projects in Indian Country will be discussed. Other highlights of the conference include:

  • How power sharing and reaching common political ground can support tribal energy
  • Legislation in 2011: The agenda from Capitol Hill and from the field
  • Balancing the challenge of climate change and the full promise of Indian sovereignty
  • DOE Tribal Energy Director Tracey A. LeBeau on Indian energy policies and initiatives
  • Innovations in leveraging incentives
  • The intersection between local energy projects and tribal economic growth
  • USDA, DOI and DOE representatives discuss federal tribal energy development
  • Contract essentials for development agreements and joint ventures
  • Financing structures that work
  • Acquiring land to support tribal energy development

The conference is intended to be attended by attorneys, tribal representatives, industry executives, and governmental officials. For more information, including the agenda, tuition fees, faculty, and registration form, visit the Law Seminars International website.

May 26, 2011

Department of Commerce Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) Economic Development Administration (EDA) helps distressed communities establish a foundation for durable regional economies throughout the United States. EDA generally allocates funds for the Global Climate Change Mitigation Incentive Fund (GCCMIF) to support projects that foster economic competitiveness while enhancing environmental quality. EDA anticipates that these funds will be used to advance the green economy by supporting projects that create jobs and increase private capital investment in initiatives to limit the nation's dependence on fossil fuels, enhance energy efficiency, curb greenhouse gas emissions, and protect natural systems. While the amount of funding available through this opportunity is dependent on FY2011 appropriations and is not yet known, EDA allocated $25 million for the GCCMIF in 2010. The average size of a GCCMIF investment was approximately $840,000.

Applications due: Depends on funding cycle; next funding cycle is due June 10, 2011
Eligible applicants: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, nonprofits, and private institutes of higher education

For more information, including regional contacts, see Grants.gov.

May 19, 2011

HUD Indian Community Development Block Grants and Other Funding Opportunities

The purpose of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program is the development of viable Indian and Alaska Native communities, including the creation of decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities, primarily for people with low and moderate incomes. For more information, see the Program Guidance document, the HUD website, and the Opportunity Synopsis from Grants.gov. In addition, a broadcast training for the ICDBG notice of funding availability (NOFA) was held on May 4, 2011. Applicants may view the broadcast on HUD's website.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Tribal Energy Program, periodically distributes information about possible funding opportunities related to energy development, some of which are specific to tribes. These announcements are compiled by Laurie Brown at the Washington State University Extension Energy Program. View the latest announcement of the Funding Opportunities. For more information about a specific opportunity, follow the link provided or send questions to the contact identified.

May 18, 2011

Recap of the Department of Energy Tribal Summit Held on May 4 & 5

Forging a new era of Department of Energy (DOE) and tribal relations, more than 350 people, including representatives from 54 tribes across the continental United States, attended the May 4-5, 2011 Department of Energy Tribal Summit. The summit provided a historic opportunity for the department and tribal leaders to discuss a broad range of critical energy and environmental issues in Indian Country.

DOE Secretary Chu said, "By working together, we can promote economic development and help many more tribes and villages seize the clean energy opportunity." See Secretary Chu's prepared remarks.

Three cabinet secretaries, one agency administrator, White House representatives, and DOE leadership also participated. See all the photos and videos of this event on the DOE Energy Blog. For more information, see DOE's Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs Website.

May 16, 2011

DOI-DEMD Grants to Assess, Evaluate, and Promote Development of Tribal Energy and Mineral Resources

The Energy and Mineral Development Program provides funding to Indian tribes with the goal of assessing, evaluating, and promoting energy and mineral resources on Indian trust lands for the economic benefit of Indian mineral owners. To achieve these goals, the Department of the Interior's (DOI's) Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), through its Division of Energy and Mineral Development (DEMD) office, is soliciting proposals from tribes. The department will use a competitive evaluation process to select several proposed projects to receive an award.

Grant proposals must be submitted on or before June 23, 2011. To apply, e-mail proposals to either Robert Anderson or Amanda John. For more information, see the Federal Register Notice and the DEMD website.

May 13, 2011

National Tribal Energy Program Training Workshops to be Held in Denver

The DOE Tribal Energy Program is sponsoring two workshops that will provide information on renewable energy and efficiency as well as business development financing.

  • Renewable Energy and Efficiency for Tribal Community Development: June 28-30, 2011

    This course will help tribal leaders and staff understand the range of energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that exist within their communities. The course will focus on:

    • "Technology 201"-level information on each of the following renewable energy technologies: solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and hydropower
    • Energy efficiency and weatherization technology and implementation
    • Dialogue with National Laboratory and private sector experts on technology status and implementation
    • Organizing for tribal community energy sufficiency through education, project development, and networking.
  • Tribal Business Development Financing: August 23-25, 2011

    Business and legal frameworks are necessary elements in developing and sustaining renewable energy projects. This workshop is designed to identify the business structures, financing methods, and legal and institutional frameworks needed to make planned projects (particularly larger ones) a reality.

    This unique course will help tribal leaders, tribal staff, and other interested parties understand the complexities of tribally owned, joint venture, or tax-leveraged energy projects. In addition, it will provide tools and knowledge for tribal project development.

    Tribes that have renewable or efficiency projects under way with a focus on later-stage project development/deployment, or that have recently completed projects, who are willing to share their experiences and successes in a 20-minute presentation, should contact Roger Taylor, or call 303-384-7389.

Both workshops will be held at the Renaissance Hotel Denver. There is no registration fee for either course, but advance registration is required to ensure adequate seating and food service. For more information, including the registration form and lodging information, visit the Tribal Energy Program Website.

April 29, 2011

Details of DOE Tribal Summit on May 4 & 5

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released details of the upcoming Tribal Summit with American Indian and Alaska Native Leaders, to be held May 4-5, 2011, at the Crystal City Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.

The summit will build on Secretary Chu's continued commitment to partnering with Native Americans to support the development of clean energy projects on tribal lands, which will help reduce energy use, limit carbon pollution, and create new jobs for tribal communities across the country.

"Tribal Nations are well positioned to take advantage of the benefits of clean energy. This summit will provide an opportunity for meaningful dialogue between the Department of Energy and tribal nations on a broad range of energy and environmental issues," said Secretary Chu. "Working together, we can achieve important goals of President Obama's National Energy Policy to the benefit of American Indian and Alaska Native tribes, as well as our nation as a whole."

Secretary Chu has invited the leadership of all 565 federally recognized tribes, as well as national and regional tribal organizations, to attend the summit. Speakers include Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson, White House Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Heather Zichal, and White House Domestic Policy Advisor Kim Teehee.

Additional information, including a detailed agenda and the registration form, is available on the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs website. In order to attend in person, the registration form is due by May 1, 2011. Those not attending in person will be able to watch a livestream of the speeches and panels by visiting Energy.gov on May 5.

April 29, 2011

Possible Funding Opportunities Related to Tribal Energy Development

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development program is accepting applications for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects. USDA is providing funding for up to $61 million in guaranteed loans and $42 million in grants through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Funds are available to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses develop renewable energy systems, make energy efficiency improvements, and conduct studies to determine the feasibility of renewable energy systems. The deadlines for submitting completed REAP applications are June 15 or June 30, depending on the type of project to be funded. Additional information is available in the April 14 Federal Register Notice. To verify eligibility and for information on how to apply for assistance, contact your local USDA Rural Development office.

In addition, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Tribal Energy Program, periodically distributes information about possible funding opportunities related to energy development, some of which are specific to tribes. These announcements are compiled by Laurie Brown at the Washington State University Extension Energy Program. View the latest announcement of the Funding Opportunities. For more information, contact the DOE Tribal Energy Program at tribal@go.doe.gov.

April 26, 2011

Registration Deadline Extended to May 1: DOE Tribal Summit - May 4 & 5 in Washington DC

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Summit is a gathering of tribal leaders and DOE senior leadership. The Summit is being held in accordance with the President's Memorandum on Consultation and the Department's Tribal Government Policy, which sets out the principles for the Department to follow to effectively implement the government-to-government relationship with American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments.

The DOE Tribal Summit will take place at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia, and is scheduled as follows:

  • Wednesday, May 4, 2011: Tribal Leader Roundtables with DOE Policy Leadership
  • Thursday, May 5, 2011: Summit with Secretary Chu

The deadline for registration is May 1, 2011. The registration form, a preliminary agenda, and more information are available on the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs website.

April 20, 2011

DOE and EPA Offer Multiple Energy Development and Research Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have announced multiple funding opportunities for energy efficiency, energy development, and research. Many funding opportunities are not specific to tribes. Check each Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for eligibility.

  • EPA Siting Renewable Energy on Potentially Contaminated Land and Mine Sites
    Applications due: May 20, 2011. Eligible entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, regional governments, and communities.

    Through its RE-Powering America's Land: Siting Renewable Energy on Potentially Contaminated Land and Mine Sites initiative, EPA is soliciting applications from states, tribes, regional governments, and communities that want to evaluate the potential development of renewable energy on potentially or formerly contaminated properties. This evaluation will be in the form of a feasibility study conducted by DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory that will determine the best renewable energy technology for the site, optimal location for placement of the renewable energy technology, potential energy-generating capacity, return on investment, and economic feasibility of the renewable energy projects. The purpose of the technical assistance is to reuse sites, improve communities, create jobs, develop partnerships, decrease the use of green space for siting renewable energy, and increase the amount of renewable energy generated. Proposals are due to EPA Friday May 20 and may be submitted to matthews.lura@epa.gov. More information on the RE-Powering initiative and the request for applications can be found on the EPA website.
  • Hydropower: Advanced Hydropower Development (Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000486)
    Applications due: June 6, 2011.

    The following domestic entities are eligible to apply for this announcement: 1) institutions of higher education; 2) nonprofit and for-profit private entities; 3) state and local governments; and 4) consortia of entities (1) through (3). Under this FOA, DOE is soliciting applications for the development, testing, validation, modeling, and interconnection of advanced conventional hydropower systems, through cost-shared projects under the following four Topic Areas:
    • Sustainable Small Hydropower
    • Sustainable Pumped Storage Hydropower (PSH)
    • Environmental Mitigation Technologies for Conventional Hydropower
    • Advanced Conventional Hydropower System Testing at a Bureau of Reclamation Facility
  • Wind: U.S. Offshore Wind: Removing Market Barriers (Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000414)
    Applications due: June 10, 2011.

    This FOA will fund research activities to address market barriers limiting the deployment of offshore wind energy projects in the United States. These activities will fall within the following Topic Areas:
    1. Offshore Wind Market and Economic Analysis
    2. Environmental Risk Reduction
    3. Manufacturing and Supply Chain Development
    4. Transmission Planning and Interconnection Studies
    5. Optimized Infrastructure and Operations
    6. Resource Characterization and Design Conditions
    7. Impact on Electronic Equipment in the Marine Environment
  • Wind: U.S. Offshore Wind Technology Development (Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000415)
    Applications due: June 17, 2011.

    This FOA will support the development of critical technologies lowering cost of energy (COE) and enabling the safe and responsible deployment of offshore wind energy through competitive cost-sharing initiatives. Under this FOA, DOE is seeking proposals that address Technology Development through Modeling and Analyses Tools to Assess Offshore Wind Technologies and Innovative Hardware System Concepts.
  • DOE Weatherization Formula Grants - Likely to be approximately $210 million.
    Applications due: Varies by program year. Eligible entities: Agencies that administer the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).

    DOE requests proposals for the Weatherization Assistance Program Formula Grant. The purpose of WAP is to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, reduce residential expenditures, and improve health and safety. Lead applicants must be agencies that administer the WAP. Proposals due date varies by prime applicant's program year. Grantees will be notified as soon as an update on FY 2011 funding becomes available. For planning purposes, until a final budget is passed and signed by the president, grantees should proceed with their respective plans using the same funding level as the DOE 2010 appropriated funds. For more information, contact Meghaan Hampton or visit the FedConnect website.

April 4, 2011

Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities Initiative and Other Funding Opportunities

Honor the Earth is offering grants to Native organizations through its Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities Initiative. To be eligible for the Spring/Summer funding cycle, proposals for funding are due April 15, 2011. Honor the Earth's Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities Initiative is offering grants to organizations working to increase indigenous communities' capacity to prevent and adapt to climate change in ways that preserve and restore indigenous cultures. Details about the funding opportunity and application instructions are available on Honor the Earth's Website.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Tribal Energy Program, periodically distributes information about possible funding opportunities related to energy development, some of which are specific to tribes. These announcements are compiled by Laurie Brown at the Washington State University Extension Energy Program. View the latest announcement of the Funding Opportunities. For more information, contact the DOE Tribal Energy Program at tribal@go.doe.gov.

March 23, 2011

DOE Extends Deadline for Funding Opportunities Related to Tribal Energy Development

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has extended the application due dates for two funding opportunities:

  • DOE Energy Efficiency Development and Deployment in Indian Country (DE-FOA-0000423). Application deadline extended to: April 13, 2011. Eligible entities: Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, tribal consortia, or tribal or inter-tribal organizations. For more information, contact Kasey Koch or see the opportunity description and summary on the FedConnect Web site.
  • DOE Renewable Energy Development and Deployment in Indian Country (DE-FOA-0000424). Application deadline extended to: May 11, 2011. Eligible entities: Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, tribal consortia, or tribal or inter-tribal organizations. For more information, contact Kathryn Buckley or visit the opportunity description and summary on the FedConnect Web site.

The Funding Opportunity Announcements have been amended to allow authorized "Tribal or Inter-tribal Organizations" to submit an application on behalf of an Indian Tribe, provided evidence of that authority is supplied as part of the application. "Tribal or Inter-tribal Organizations" are defined as "any legally established organization of an Indian Tribe(s), which is controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by the recognized governing body of an Indian Tribe(s). A 'Tribal or Inter-tribal Organization' may include, but is not limited to, a subsidiary, subdivision, or band of an Indian Tribe, or organizations established under Congressional, State or Tribal law to act on behalf of an Indian Tribe(s)."

March 16, 2011

DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs Hosting Tribal Leader Roundtable Discussions

The newly established Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (Office of Indian Energy) has begun its outreach to Indian tribes and tribal leadership to discuss the various policy and program issues and opportunities related to energy on tribal lands. The first two roundtables were held on March 16, 2011 in Reno and Las Vegas, NV. Additional roundtable discussions are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

  • March 23, Pala Reservation, CA (at the Native American Finance Officers Association Spring conference)
  • March 30, Washington, D.C.
  • April 5, Phoenix, AZ
  • April 6, Albuquerque, NM
  • April 12, Quinault Reservation, WA (at the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians 2011 Energy and Economic Summit)
  • April 14, Tulsa, OK
  • April 14, Anchorage, AK

For more information, read the Tribal Leader invitation letter. Also, visit the Office of Indian Energy web site for more information about this office and more detailed information about the roundtable locations and times.

February 28, 2011

Possible Funding Opportunities Related to Tribal Energy Development

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Department of Transportation (DOT) have announced more than $228 million in funding opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments. Some of these grants can be used to support energy related initiatives. Specific opportunities are listed below (Information provided courtesy of the EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Program.

In addition, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Tribal Energy Program, periodically distributes information about possible funding opportunities related to energy development, some of which are specific to tribes. These announcements are compiled by Laurie Brown at the Washington State University Extension Energy Program. View the latest announcement of the Funding Opportunities. For more information, contact the DOE Tribal Energy Program at tribal@go.doe.gov.

  • DOE Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands - $1.5 million. Application due: March 3, 2011. Eligible entities: Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, or tribal consortia. For more information, contact Paige Smith or see the opportunity description and summary on the FedConnect Web site.
  • HUD Sustainable Communities Research Grants - $1.5 million. Application due: March 4, 2011 (due date extended). Eligible entities: Nationally recognized and accredited institutions of higher education; nonprofit foundations, think tanks, research consortia or policy institutes, and for-profit organizations located in the United States. For more information, see the synopsis of this opportunity on Grants.gov.
  • DOC Economic Development Administration Public Works, Economic Adjustment, and Global Climate Change Mitigation Programs Opportunity - Likely ~$25 million. Application due: Depends on funding cycle; next funding cycle is due March 10, 2011. Eligible entities: State and local governments, federally recognized tribes, nonprofits, private institutes of higher education. For more information, including regional contacts, see the synopsis of this funding opportunity on Grants.gov.
  • DOT Innovative Transit Workforce Development - $1 million. Application due: March 15, 2011. Eligible entities: Urban and rural transit agencies, state departments of transportation (DOTs) providing public transportation services, and Indian tribes. For more information, contact Jarrett Stoltzfus or visit the FTA Web site.
  • DOE Energy Efficiency Development and Deployment in Indian Country - $4 million. Application due: March 16, 2011. Eligible entities: Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, or tribal consortia. For more information, contact Kasey Koch or see the opportunity description and summary on the FedConnect Web site.
  • EPA FY11 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant - $4 million. Application due: March 18, 2011. Eligible entities: State and local governments, tribes, nonprofit organizations, and others. Learn more on the EPA Web site.
  • EPA FY 2011 Pollution Prevention Grant Program - $4.1 million. Application due: March 28, 2011. Eligible entities: States, state agencies, federally recognized tribes and intertribal consortia, and others. For more information, contact Michelle Amhaz at 202-564-8857 or see the synopsis of this opportunity on Grants.gov.
  • DOE Renewable Energy Development and Deployment in Indian Country - $4 million. Application due: March 31, 2011. Eligible entities: Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, or tribal consortia. For more information, contact Kathryn Buckley or visit the opportunity description and summary on the FedConnect Web site.
  • DOE Weatherization Formula Grants - approximately $180 million. Application due: Varies by program year. Eligible entities: Agencies that administer the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). For more information, contact Meghaan Hampton or see the opportunity description and summary on the FedConnect Web site.

February 17, 2011

Workshop on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in Indian Country to Be Held March 15-16, 2011 in Denver

The International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management is sponsoring a workshop on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in Indian Country, March 15-16, 2011. The workshop will provide practical instruction and assistance to inform tribal decision-makers on: the requirements and latest developments in NEPA compliance and litigation; the role of tribal, federal and state regulators in the NEPA process; and strategies to advance tribal interests.

For more information, visit the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management Web site, or contact Jeanne Rubin at 303-744-9686 or jeannerubin@iiirm.org.

February 14, 2011

DOE Creates Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and Announces Tribal Summit to Be Held in Washington, D.C., May 5, 2011

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu announced the establishment of an Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs in order to more effectively engage tribal governments in our national energy priorities and promote tribal energy development. This new office will be led by Tracey A. LeBeau, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, and will compliment the valuable work that is already being done by DOE's Tribal Energy Program, which invests in projects to improve energy efficiency and develop geothermal, solar, bio-mass and wind energy on tribal lands. For more information, see the DOE announcement.

The DOE will host a Tribal Summit with American Indian and Alaska Native leaders in Washington, D.C. on May 5, 2011. For more information, see the Save the Date flyer or call 202-586-5000.

February 10, 2011

DOE Tribal Energy Program Offers Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Community Development Workshops in 2011

The DOE Tribal Energy Program is offering a series of workshops designed to assist with the development and implementation of long-term strategic plans for tribal Energy Efficiency and Community Block Grant (EECBG) projects. For Tribal EECBG recipients, the workshops will also be an opportunity for you to meet the DOE program staff working on your grant, learn how to get technical assistance, and hear from other tribes about their energy projects. The 3-day workshops are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

  • Feb. 15-17, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Feb. 22-24, Seattle/Tacoma, WA
  • Mar. 8-10, Green Bay, WI
  • Mar. 22-24, Southern California
  • April 12-14, Fairbanks, AK

No registration fee is being charged, but advance registration is required to ensure adequate seating and food service. To register, please complete the attached registration form and return it by e-mail to tribal@go.doe.gov or by fax to 720-356-1350.

For more information about the workshop, see the workshop agenda or visit the DOE Tribal Energy Program's Upcoming Events page.

February 7, 2011

Summer Internships at Argonne National Laboratory Focus on Tribal Energy Development (Application Deadline is March 15, 2011)

The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, and the Department of the Interior's Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development are pleased to announce a summer internship program for American Indian and Alaska Native college students: the Energy Resource Development Tribal Internship. Research opportunities will focus on energy resource development, both renewable and non-renewable, and environmental evaluation and analysis of potential impacts from energy resource development activities.

The Summer 2011 internship program will run for ten weeks from May 31 to August 5. The program is open to twelve American Indian and Alaska Native college students. Students will be in housed at the Laboratory, which is located outside Chicago, IL.

The application deadline for the internship program is March 15, 2011.

For more information, including descriptions of the research opportunities and access to the online application form, visit the Tribal Internship Program Web site.

February 7, 2011

DOE's Tribal Energy Program Offers Summer Internships at Sandia National Laboratories (Application Deadline is Feb. 18, 2011)

DOE's Tribal Energy Program is seeking current college upper-classmen and graduate students with an interest in renewable energy development for its 2011 summer internship program. Students will support technical projects and will interact with renewable energy staff at Sandia National Laboratories, Native American tribes interested in renewable systems, and Sandia's American Indian Outreach Committee. Instant immersion in these activities is offered in working directly with experienced and internationally recognized peers. Travel will be required, including field visits to renewable energy projects.

The student applicant must be a U.S. citizen and a Native American, defined as a member of a federally recognized tribe, Alaska Village, or Alaska Corporation (excludes state-recognized tribes; bands or groups; and first peoples of Guam or Hawaii). Specific interest in renewable energy is required.

The application deadline for the internship program is February 18, 2011.

For information on the application process, see the 2011 application form or contact Sandra Begay-Campbell at (505) 844-5418 or skbegay@sandia.gov. More information is also available on the DOE Tribal Energy Program Web site.

February 3, 2011

DOE Announces Funding Opportunities for Energy Projects on Tribal Lands

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced nearly $10 million in funding to support the evaluation, development and deployment of energy on tribal lands. DOE's Tribal Energy Program is seeking applications for funding from Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortiums. For more information, read the DOE press release.

Three separate funding opportunities have been announced, with different deadlines:

  • First Steps Toward Developing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands (FOA number DE-FOA-0000422) Submission deadline: March 3, 2011
    Under this announcement, DOE is soliciting applications for:
    • Strategic Energy Planning (Topic Area 1)
    • Energy Options Analysis (Topic Area 2)
    • Energy Organization Development (Topic Area 3)
    • Human Capacity Building (Topic Area 4)
  • Energy Efficiency Development and Deployment in Indian Country (FOA number DE-FOA-0000423) Submission deadline: March 16, 2011
    Under this announcement, DOE is soliciting applications under one of the following topic areas:
    • Feasibility studies to assess and determine the technical and economic feasibility of energy efficiency improvements to existing tribally owned buildings (Topic Area 1, Feasibility Study)
    • Installation of energy efficiency improvements to existing tribally owned buildings (Topic Area 2, Installation Project)
  • Renewable Energy Development and Deployment in Indian Country (FOA number DE-FOA-0000424) Submission deadline: March 31, 2011
    Under this announcement, DOE is soliciting applications under one of the following topic areas:
    • Feasibility Studies to determine the technical and economic viability of a future renewable project (Topic Area 1)
    • Development (pre-construction) activities leading to the deployment of renewable energy projects (Topic Area 2)
    • Deployment (construction) of renewable energy projects for power production (Topic Area 3).

In order to submit an application, you must register in advance. Allow at least 21 days to complete the registration process. For registration and application submission requirements, along with information on how to submit questions and where to go for assistance, visit the DOE Tribal Energy Program Web site.

February 3, 2011

Possible Funding Opportunities Related to Tribal Energy Development

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Tribal Energy Program periodically distributes information about possible funding opportunities related to energy development, some of which are specific to tribes. These announcements are compiled by Laurie Brown at the Washington State University Extension Energy Program.

View the latest announcement of the Funding Opportunities.

For more information, contact the DOE Tribal Energy Program at tribal@go.doe.gov.

January 17, 2011

Rural Innovation Fund Program Application Deadline of February 23, 2011

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is making $25.75 million available under the Rural Innovation Fund Program, an element of the Community Development Block Grant Program. Grants to tribes and other qualifying organizations will be awarded to address rural housing issues and community poverty. Of the total funds available, $5 million is reserved "to promote economic development and entrepreneurship for federally recognized Indian tribes, through activities including the capitalization of revolving loan programs and business planning and development" and for "technical assistance to increase capacity through training and outreach activities."

Applications are due February 23, 2011. For more information, visit the HUD Web site.

January 17, 2011

Workshop on Environmentally Enhanced Hydropower Turbines, May 19-20, 2011, Washington, D.C.

In recent years, significant progress has been made in the development of environmentally enhanced conventional hydro turbines. The Electric Power Research Institute and the U.S. Department of Energy, in cooperation with the Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, and the National Hydropower Association, are organizing a conference to exchange information on the state of technology of these turbines. The conference will afford speakers and attendees the opportunity to learn about the history of advanced turbine development, the current state of the art in advanced turbine designs, turbine performance testing procedures and tools, relevant biological considerations, demonstration projects, and future directions.

The conference will be held in Washington, D.C. on May 19-20, 2011.

The deadline for abstracts is January 28, 2011. For more information, visit the workshop Web site.

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