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September 6, 2013
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians are converting waste vegetable oil and grease to biofuel in an effort to reduce the environmental impact of their energy use.
Fuel from Waste Helps Power Two Tribes

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians had plenty of used vegetable oil and grease on hand and a desire to convert the waste to biofuel to reduce the environmental impact of their energy use. The Tribes participated in a demonstration project with the intent to share their experience and lessons learned so that other Tribes would be able to replicate the results on their own lands.

September 6, 2013
Christine Klein, Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of the
Calista Corporation
Leading the Charge: Christine Klein

Change doesn’t happen on its own. It’s led by dedicated and passionate people who are committed to empowering Indian Country to energize future generations. Leading the Charge is a regular Office of Indian Energy newsletter feature spotlighting the movers and shakers in energy development on tribal lands. In this issue, we talk to Christine Klein, an adopted Haida who is leading efforts to help Alaska Native villages address their energy challenges in her role as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Calista Corporation.

August 21, 2013
From left to right: James Jensen, Tom Johnson, Jody Rosier, and Rebecca Kauffman of Southern Ute Alternative Energy, and Otto VanGeet and Alex Dane of NREL, tour a potential solar array site on Southern Ute tribal land in Ignacio, CO. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL
START Site Visit Examines Viability of Tribal Community Solar Project

Members of the Office of Indian Energy START team, the Southern Ute Tribe, and Southern Ute Alternative Energy meet to discuss a potential solar photovoltaic project using a community ownership model.

August 13, 2013
In Alaska's rural villages, many families struggle with the impact of high energy costs --  often times, almost half of a family's income is spent on fuel to power a home. To face this, the Department of Energy's Office of Indian Energy works closely with tribal nations, state government, NGOs and the private sector to help tribes develop the energy resources that exist on tribal lands. 

NANA is an organization that operates in northwest Alaska -- the region pictured in the pastoral landscape above. Through building businesses and using smart development of Alaskan resources, NANA's strategic energy plan involves expanding sources of renewable energy, with the goal of reducing the region's dependence on fossil fuels by 50 percent by the year 2025. <a href="/node/625446" target="_blank">Learn more about the Energy Department's efforts to reduce energy costs in Alaska</a>. | Photo courtesy of NANA, Arend.
Photo of the Week: Alaska's Future in Renewable Energy

Check out our favorite energy-related photos!

August 6, 2013
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Wind Farm Growth Through the Years

Breaking down data from the 2012 Wind Technologies Market Report to chart the growth of wind farms across America over time.

July 24, 2013
Students and instructors at Oglala Lakota College designed, connected and built a mobile solar energy system over the course of two days. | Photo courtesy of Oglala Lakota College.
Sioux Students Kindle Solar Knowledge

How one U.S. army veteran's interest in solar energy created opportunities and possibilities for an entire community.

July 16, 2013
Workshop guest speaker Bill Cornelius of Oneida Seven Generations Corporation discussed the tribal renewable energy project development and finance process in action. Photo by John De La Rosa, NREL
Workshop Helps Empower Tribes to Make Renewable Energy Project Development Decisions

Twenty participants from 13 Tribes participated in a Commercial-Scale Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop hosted by the Office of Indian Energy July 9-11.

June 12, 2013
The DOE Office of Indian Energy Tribal Leader Forum on "Leveraging Tribal Renewable Resources to Support Military Energy Goals" was held May 30–31 in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Brooke Oleen Tieperman, NCSL.
Tribal and Military Leaders Come Together to Talk Renewable Energy

The seventh in a series of DOE Office of Indian Energy Tribal Leader Forums was held May 30–31 in Phoenix and focused on potential opportunities for Tribes to partner with the military on clean energy.

May 3, 2013
The Energy Department is helping Alaska Native communities reduce their energy costs by investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency upgrades. | Photo courtesy of Western Community Energy.
Helping Alaska Native Communities Reduce Their Energy Costs

Learn how the Energy Department is helping Alaska Native communities reduce their dependence on oil by focusing on renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

March 1, 2013
In addition to the planned 250-MW solar farm set to begin construction in June 2013, the Moapa Band of Paiutes is working on a second 150-MW project that would use both PV and concentrated solar technologies to generate power for the Tribe. Photo from Moapa Band of Paiutes.
Bright Skies Ahead for Moapa

The Moapa Band of Paiutes leads the first industrial-scale solar photovoltaic project in Indian Country—a 250-megawatt solar farm that will power nearly 120,000 homes in Los Angeles.