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September 17, 2014
Sandia/Tribal Energy Program 2014 summer interns Thomas Jones, Len Necefer, and Aaron Cate, and their supervisor and mentor Sandra Begay-Campbell. Photo from Thomas Jones, Sandia National Laboratories.
DOE Tribal Intern Aims to Improve Conditions in Indian Country by Addressing Barriers to Renewable Energy Development

This guest blog by DOE Tribal Energy Program Intern Tommy Jones is the second in a three-part series highlighting the experience of the college student interns who worked with the program during the summer of 2014 under the supervision and mentorship of Sandra Begay-Campbell, an engineer at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

July 22, 2014
The 2014 Sandia/Tribal Energy Program summer interns:  Aaron Cate, Sandra Begay-Campbell, Thomas Jones, and Len Necefer. Photo from Sandra Begay-Campbell, Sandia National Laboratories
DOE Tribal Intern Focuses on Integrating Energy Policy and Navajo Cultural Values

My interest in energy planning on the Navajo Nation stemmed from the desire to improve energy resource development in my own community. The legacy of environmental and health impacts from uranium and coal mining motivated me to find ways of developing energy resources in a manner more consistent with cultural values and the visions of the Navajo Nation. While I have developed many valuable technical analysis skills and tools in my Ph.D. program, most of the knowledge about Indian energy issues requires significant on-the-ground engagement with communities and their leaders. As a Tribal Energy Program intern, I have developed important connections in the area of tribal energy working with tribal leaders and my fellow interns.

July 1, 2014
Solar Viewed as Triple Boon for Bishop Paiute Tribe

For the Bishop Paiute Tribe of California, clean energy projects offer a way to feed three birds with one seed. By taking steps to reduce energy use and harnessing renewable energy sources to meet the community’s energy needs, the Tribe is working to mitigate the impact of high energy costs, create good local jobs for its people, and preserve the land and resources for future generations.

June 10, 2014
The Oahe Dam in South Dakota (pictured here) is one of the federal hydropower resources operated by the Western Area Power Administration. As part of a recent tribal leader dialogue, officials from the Energy Department, the Western Area Power Administration and South Dakota tribal leaders discussed ways to lower energy costs for tribes, including options for receiving federal hydroelectricity directly from the Western Area Power Administration instead of from third-party utilities. | Photo courtesy of South Dakota state government.
Energy Department and South Dakota Tribal Leaders Explore Ways to Lower Energy Costs

Learn how the Energy Department is providing South Dakota tribes with resources and technical assistance to help lower their energy costs.

May 9, 2014
A tractor tills the soil among wind turbines in Oklahoma on August 13, 2009. USDA photo by Alice Welch.
Renewable Energy: Bringing New Opportunities to Indian Country

In rural communities across the country, USDA Rural Development is bringing new energy efficiency and cost saving opportunities to Indian Country.

April 28, 2014
Office of Indian Energy Announces New Staff

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy is pleased to announce the addition of new program staff in Washington, D.C. and Anchorage, Alaska. Since 2011, the Office of Indian Energy has focused on developing and implementing technical assistance, education and capacity building, and outreach programs to tribal leaders, staff, and enterprises, as well as Alaska Native villages and corporations, to promote and develop clean tribal energy projects.

April 21, 2014
#ActOnClimate: It's Earth Week on Energy.gov

We're kicking off Earth Week on Energy.gov! Learn how climate change may be affecting energy supplies and infrastructure near you.

March 24, 2014
Sun Rises on Tribal Energy Future in Nevada

The Moapa Band of Paiute in Nevada makes history with the first utility-scale solar project on tribal land.

March 13, 2014
The San Carlos Apache Tribe is making use of its extensive solar resources to power tribal facilities, including this 10-kilowatt (kW) solar PV system, which generates energy to run the tribal radio tower. Photo from San Carlos Apache Tribe, NREL 29202
San Carlos Apache Tribe Set to Break Ground on New Solar Project

This spring, the San Carlos Apache Tribe plans to break ground on a new tribally financed and owned 1.1-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) array that will power tribal enterprises, reduce energy use, and curb greenhouse gas emissions.

March 13, 2014
CWG community members review structural plans as part of their wind turbine training in Kwigillingok, AK. Photo from Intelligent Energy Systems, NREL 29205
Winning the Future: Chaninik Wind Group Pursues Innovative Solutions to Native Alaska Energy Challenges

Between 2010 and 2013, Chaninik Wind Group (CWG) implemented a multi-village wind heat smart grid in the Alaska Native villages of Kongiganak, Kwigillingok, and Tuntutuliak, integrating heating systems and a grid installed with partial funding through the DOE Tribal Energy Program with the five existing 95-kW wind turbines CWG had installed in each community. Each system produces wind capacity in excess of 200% of the peak load and uses an on-site wind-diesel smart grid control system to maximize efficiency.