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July 16, 2015
Indian Energy Blog Archive

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November 5, 2015
President Obama Announces New Advances and Commitments to Support Tribes at White House Tribal Nations Conference

The White House brought together tribal leaders from federally recognized tribes to participate in the 7th Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference on Nov. 5, 2015.

October 28, 2015
Energy-efficient homes in AHA’s Sunrise Acres Complex include such features as rooftop solar domestic hot water. Photo from Akwesasne Housing Authority.
Leading the Charge: Akwesasne Housing Authority Director Retha Herne

Retha Herne is Executive Director of the Akwesasne Housing Authority (AHA) in Hogansburg, New York. With the highest energy costs in the state of New York, the tribe is looking to alternative energy sources to help sustain the community for the long term.

October 22, 2015
Leading the Charge: Doug MacCourt Advises Tribes on Energy Policy

Leading the Charge is a regular feature spotlighting the movers and shakers in energy development on tribal lands.

October 22, 2015
Winning the Future: Navajo-Hopi Land Commission Leverages DOE Grant to Advance Solar Ranch Project

Under the Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement Act of 1974 for the Paragon-Bisti Ranch was set aside for the benefit of Navajo families (relocatees) living on Hopi Partitioned Lands. Now, more than 40 years later, the Navajo Nation is pursuing plans to use those resource-rich lands to cultivate clean, renewable energy.

October 22, 2015
Message from the Director

ChrisDeschene.pngIn May 2015 I began serving as Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Indian Energy. Since then, I’ve crisscrossed the country visiting American Indian and Alaska Native communities that face a variety of pressing energy challenges.

October 22, 2015
Tribal Energy Summit Tackles Challenges, Explores Opportunities on Path to Economic Sovereignty

More than 450 representatives from tribal and state governments, federal agencies, tribal corporations, private industry, utilities, and academia came together to explore tribal energy development and security issues at the National Tribal Energy Summit: A Path to Economic Sovereignty, held Sept. 23–25, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

October 16, 2015
Indian Country Energy Roundup: FY15 Year in Review

Over the past year, DOE Office of Indian Energy staff have traveled throughout the contiguous United States and Alaska to help build capacity, deliver energy project technical assistance, and provide information sharing opportunities to tribal communities.

October 7, 2015
Gwitchyaa Zhee Gwich’in Tribal Government Counteracts High Energy Costs, Climate Challenges with Building Energy Retrofits

Seeking to reduce its reliance on imported diesel fuel and to lower operating costs, increase quality of life, and serve as a model of self-sufficiency for local youth and surrounding communities, Gwitchyaa Zhee Gwich’in Tribe applied for and was awarded a $125,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program to supplement the tribe’s investment in a quarter-million-dollar energy efficiency and renewable energy project.

September 16, 2015
Through the Energy Department's Climate Action Champions initiative, cities like Boston and Minneapolis have identified ways to reduce their carbon footprint by as much as 80 percent by 2050.
Running the Race for Clean Energy

Cities like Boston and Minneapolis have identified ways to reduce their carbon footprint by as much as 80 percent by 2050.

September 16, 2015
The Se̓liš Ksanka Ql̓ispe̓ Dam, located in Polson, Montana, is the first tribal owned hydroelectric facility. Photo by Jami Alley.
Montana Tribes Realize Long-Held Vision of Acquiring Kerr Dam: Interview with Energy Keepers Inc. CEO Brian Lipscomb

A short interview with Brian Lipscomb, president and CEO of Energy Keepers, Inc., a tribal corporation established in the fall of 2012 to manage the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ (CSKT’s) planned acquisition of Kerr Dam.

September 4, 2015
President Obama’s Visit to Alaska: Closing Thoughts

President Obama's closing thoughts on his three-day journey in Alaska.

August 4, 2015
Wiehl family fish camp near Rampart Village. Photo by Sherry Stout, NREL.
Rampart Proactively Addresses Expansion Challenges with Strategic Energy Planning

As members of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy’s technical assistance team, Sherry Stout and Jared Temanson of DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently traveled to the Native village of Rampart, Alaska, to fulfill the Tribe’s request for technical assistance with strategic energy planning.

July 9, 2015
Antelope Canyon is a picturesque slot canyon near Chris Deschene's boyhood home in the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation. | <a href="">Photo courtesy of Flickr user Airflore.</a>
Q&A with Office of Indian Energy Director Chris Deschene

We interviewed new Office of Indian Energy Director Chris Deschene about his life, goals and years of experience working on tribal energy development.

June 30, 2015
Alaska Native Village to Become a Model for Sustainable Northern Communities

In the tiny Native village of Oscarville, Alaska, state and federal agencies are joining forces to tackle tough challenges that are endemic to rural Alaska: high energy costs, unemployment, the changing climate, deteriorating and inefficient housing, and lack of infrastructure, to name just a few.

June 17, 2015
Solar electric array on an off-grid Najavo home.
NPR Sheds Light on Tribal Energy Challenges and Clean, Affordable Solutions

NPR interviewed Sandra-Begay Campbell, a Navajo tribal member who manages the Tribal Energy Program at DOE’s Sandia National Laboratories, about the technical and financial barriers associated with running transmission lines to remote, sparsely populated areas of Indian reservations.

June 12, 2015
Six photovoltaic arrays generate 32 kilowatts of energy to power 20 units at the Akwesasne Housing Authority’s (AHA) Sunrise Acres housing complex on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation. Pictured from left to right are Paul Kabotie of Indigenous Collaboration, Inc., Rachel Sullivan of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Cecil Ransom of AHA, Sandra Begay-Campbell of Sandia National Laboratories, and Sheila Loran of AHA. Photo from Lesley Kabotie, Indigenous Collaboration, Inc.
St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Paves the Way to a Sustainable Future; Kicks Off Community Solar Initiative

Rachel Sullivan, Communications Lead for DOE Office of Indian Energy, writes about her experiences at the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe workshop.

June 2, 2015
Utility-scale wind turbines in Kodiak, Alaska. Photo from Kodiak Electric Association, NREL 16795.
Tribes Provide Input on 10-Year Plan for Renewable Energy in the Arctic Region

The DOE Office of Indian Energy hosted a second round of tribal consultations and outreach meetings throughout Alaska in February and March to gather input on the National Strategy for the Arctic Region (NSAR).

June 2, 2015
The Shugnak power plant is one of nearly 30 rural utilities the RUS team is visiting in 2015. Photo from Alaska Center for Energy and Power, NREL 33697.
Resources and Opportunities: 2015 Rural Utilities Study Under Way

Featured article in the Alaska Energy Pioneer Summer 2015 newsletter on the 2015 DOE Rural Utilities Study (RUS).

June 2, 2015
Alaska Native villages and regional and village corporations are eligible for up to 40 hours of strategic energy planning and project development technical assistance designed to advance renewable energy projects. Photo from Intelligent Energy Systems, NREL 29205.
Alaska Energy in Action: Alaska Residents Tapping into Technical Assistance for Energy Projects

Feature article from the Summer 2015 edition of the Alaska Energy Pioneer on DOE's technical assistance requests in Alaska.

June 1, 2015
Deputy Secretary Sherwood-Randall speaks to students and staff at the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program in Anchorage, Alaska. | Photo by the Energy Department.
Connecting with Alaska’s People and Power Resources

Deputy Secretary Sherwood-Randall recently traveled to Alaska, where she met with STEM students, toured an Arctic natural gas project, and met with other officials to discuss liquefied natural gas export projects.

May 20, 2015
Craig Moore, Vice President of Planning and Development. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL 33444
Alaska Energy Champion: Craig Moore

The Alaska Energy Champions is a regular feature spotlighting pioneers of Alaska's new energy frontier.

April 28, 2015
NREL Report Shows Big Potential for the Future of Shared Solar

Demand for solar energy continues to increase, but not every home or office can have its own solar installation. Many are opting to "share" solar, owning or leasing part of a solar array, as described in a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

April 23, 2015
White House Highlights Climate Action Champions' Achievements

After a competitive application process, the Department of Energy designated 16 communities as Climate Action Champions, including two tribes: the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan) and the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe (California). These tribes were selected for their local leadership in climate mitigation and adaptation.

April 16, 2015
Sherry Stout presents at the Native Village Renewable Energy Project Development workshop in Dillingham, Alaska. Photo by Sherry Stout, NREL.
Alaska Energy Workshop Tour Creates Rich Opportunities for Knowledge Sharing

National Renewable Energy Laboratory engineer Sherry Stout wrote about her experience in Alaska for the Native Village Renewable Energy Project Development workshops hosted by the Office of Indian Energy.

March 11, 2015
Ruth Gilila and Norma Williams of Akiak Power Utilities.
Alaska Energy in Action: Akiak Reaps Benefits of PCE Technical Assistance

The State of Alaska’s Power Cost Equalization (PCE) Program is intended to “equalize” the cost of power for rural Alaskans through rate balancing that takes into account both the amount of funding spent on large energy infrastructure projects that benefit the urban “Railbelt” and Juneau electric utility customers and the procurement costs incurred by the 184 isolated diesel microgrid utilities scattered across rural Alaska.

April 5, 2013
Testing materials in the lab at Vorbeck Materials Corp. | Photo courtesy of Vorbeck Materials Corp.
From Lab to Market: DOE's America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Program

America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Program is unleashing the National Labs’ unlicensed patents for use by startups -- and helping build businesses and bring energy technologies from the lab to the marketplace.

March 27, 2013
The America’s Next Top Energy Innovator program, a part of the Startup America initiative, makes it easier for start-ups to use inventions and technology developed at Energy Department labs and facilities. | Photo courtesy of NREL, credit Jim Yost.
America's Next Top Innovator: Lab Tech for Startups

Read about America’s Next Top Energy Innovator -- a program making it easier for startups to use inventions and technology developed at DOE labs and facilities.

March 1, 2013
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, and Secretary Chu during a fireside chat at the 2013 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit | Photo by <a href="">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
Wrap Up: 2013 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

The 2013 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit concluded Wednesday with a final networking session in the Technology Showcase.

March 1, 2013
ARPA-E Innovators: FORO

Foro Energy, with the help of ARPA-E funding, has accomplished what many though impossible - sending high powered lasers over long distances.

February 28, 2013
ARPA-E Innovators: CREE

CREE, with the help of ARPA-E funding, has developed a Silicon Carbide (SIC) transistor which can be used to create solid state transformers capable of meeting the unique needs of the emerging smart grid.

February 12, 2013
Brookhaven physicists Weidong Si (left) and Qiang Li look into the vacuum chamber where the new high-field iron-based superconductors are made through a process called pulsed-laser deposition.
Iron-based Material Paves Way for New Superconductors

When chilled to frigid temperatures hundreds of degrees Celsius below zero, these remarkable materials are singularly capable of perfectly conducting electric current.

February 8, 2013
The first stage of the "zombie cell" only moderately heated, the cell is now pure silica and needed a gold coating for a scanning electron microscope to image it. | Photo courtesy of Sandia National Laboratories
Zombie Replicants to Outperform the Living

A new, simple technique coats a cell with a silica solution to form a near-perfect replica of its structure, so it can be used by researchers at higher temperatures and pressures.

February 6, 2013
Professor Jack Brouwer, Associate Director and Chief Technology Officer of the National Fuel Cell Research Center, points out the tri-generation facility that uses biogas from Orange County Sanitation District’s wastewater treatment plant to produce hydrogen, heat and power. | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.
Fueling the Next Generation of Vehicle Technology

Learn how fuel cell technologies are vital to our nation's future energy and transportation economies.

January 31, 2013
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks to attendees at the 2011 Energy Innovation Summit in Washington, DC. | Energy Department photo.
ARPA-E and the Military Team Up on New Technologies and Summit Partnerships

New technologies could change the way troops stay cool and warm on the battlefield -- and save energy and money for the military along the way.