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Other DOE Tribal Programs

Learn about other U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) programs in addition to the Office of Indian Energy that offer helpful information for Tribes.

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Tribal Energy Program
The Tribal Energy Program offers financial and technical assistance to Indian Tribes to help them evaluate and develop renewable energy resources and reduce energy consumption through efficiency and weatherization. As building knowledge and skills is essential to developing, implementing, and sustaining energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, the program also offers education and training opportunities.

Better Buildings Initiative
Through a variety of efficiency improvements (e.g. new lighting, greater insulation, more efficient heating and cooling) and proven approaches (clear information, access to financing, energy efficiency investment criteria), the Better Buildings Initiative is working to make commercial and industrial buildings 20% more energy efficient by 2020 and accelerate private sector investment in energy efficiency.

Federal Energy Management Program
The DOE Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) facilitates the federal government's implementation of sound, cost-effective energy management and investment practices to enhance the nation's energy security and environmental stewardship. As the nation's largest energy consumer, the federal government has a tremendous opportunity and clear responsibility to lead by example. FEMP is central to this responsibility, guiding agencies to use funding more effectively in meeting federal and agency-specific energy management objectives. FEMP offers helpful resources such as the Large-Scale Renewable Energy Guide: Developing Renewable Energy Projects Larger than 10 MWs at Federal Facilities.

Green Building Codes
The Green Building Codes program provides comprehensive support for state and local green building programs at no cost. A cross-cutting team offers experience ranging from energy to wastewater and all sections of green building programs in between. Additionally the team has experience with stakeholders, code development and adoption, and building performance.

Residential Buildings Program
The DOE Building Technologies Program collaborates with the residential building industry to improve the energy efficiency of both new and existing homes. By developing, demonstrating, and deploying cost-effective solutions, the program strives to reduce energy consumption across the residential building sector by at least 50% by 2030.

Weatherization Assistance Program
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) enables low-income families to permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. Funds are used to improve the energy performance of dwellings of needy families using the most advanced technologies and testing protocols available in the housing industry.


State and Regional Policy Assistance
The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability’s (OE) mission is to provide, on an as-requested basis, unbiased policy assistance and analysis to states and regions on state electricity policies, programs, laws, and regulations that facilitate electricity infrastructure investment needed to deliver clean, affordable, and reliable electricity to customers.


Western Area Power Administration
Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) markets and delivers reliable, renewable, cost-based hydroelectric power and related services within a 15-state region of the central and western United States. WAPA is one of four power marketing administrations within DOE whose role is to market and transmit electricity from multi-use water projects.

Energy Services
WAPA’s Energy Services Program helps its customers improve energy efficiency, explore and use renewable energy options, find new technologies, and learn about programs and techniques at other utilities. Services include an equipment loan program, technical assistance, and publications.

WAPA’s Renewable Resources program encourages the voluntary use of renewable resources by its wholesale customers. WAPA offers federal customers two renewable resource products and facilitates customer access to renewable energy developers. The goal of the program is to identify customers that desire renewable resources in their generation mix and provide the technical and marketing assistance required for them to fully evaluate the option.

Electric Power Training Center
WAPA’s Electric Power Training Center provides high-quality power system operations training designed for a wide range of audiences, from power plant operators, to dispatchers, or anyone else with an interest in learning about the principles and operation of power generation, transmission, and interconnected system operations.

Bonneville Power Administration
The Bonneville Power Administration’s (BPA) Tribal Affairs Office provides services to the region’s Tribes such as consultation, technical assistance, and responding to tribal requests for information on BPA initiatives such as power products and services, utility formation, wholesale power rates, renewable resource development, transmission facility development, energy efficiency programs, and right-of-way policies. The office also provides information to Tribes to help them understand BPA perspectives on power, transmission and environment, and fish and wildlife issues being discussed in the region.

Tribal Set-Aside for Low-Income Weatherization
BPA has a long-standing commitment to provide funding for weatherization services to low-income households. In 1999, BPA specifically set aside funding to be targeted toward Native American homes to improve the installation of weatherization measures in both Indian Country and throughout the service territory of its public utility customers.


Carbon Sequestration
DOE has created a network of seven Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships (RCSPs) to help develop the technology, infrastructure, and regulations to implement large-scale carbon dioxide sequestration in different regions and geologic formations within the country. Underlying this regional partnership approach is the belief that local organizations and citizens will contribute expertise, experience, and perspectives that more accurately represent the concerns and desires of a given region, thereby resulting in the development and application of technologies better suited to that region.


The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity coordinates DOE’s Small Business Program through the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), which targets 8(a) businesses, including tribally-owned businesses, Alaska Native Corporations, and other Native American businesses, small disadvantaged, women-owned, HUBZone, and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. OSDBU hosts an annual conference with more than 1,600 participants and quarterly Business Opportunity Sessions that are aimed at providing information on contract and subcontract opportunities, as well as energy technologies.

American Indian Research and Education Initiative
The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity and the Office of Science began a unique partnership between the American Indian Higher Education Consortium and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society to bring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research and education funding to American Indian students at the nation’s tribal colleges and universities, as well as other universities. Through this pilot program, DOE resources – including technology and research capabilities, equipment, and staff – will be matched with the drive of American Indian students to assist tribal communities in developing and managing energy resources. Beginning in 2011, DOE will provide a record-high amount of funding to tribal students for three years.


Section 1703 of Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 authorizes DOE to support innovative clean energy technologies that are typically unable to obtain conventional private financing due to high technology risks. In addition, the technologies must avoid, reduce, or sequester air pollutants or anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases. Technologies considered include: biomass, hydrogen, solar, wind/hydropower, nuclear, advanced fossil energy coal, carbon sequestration practices/technologies, electricity delivery and energy reliability, alternative fuel vehicles, industrial energy efficiency projects, and pollution control equipment. Learn more about DOE's Loan Guarantee Program.