Alaska Native Villages

Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy provides Alaska Native villages with resources, technical assistance, skills, and analytical tools needed to develop sustainable energy strategies and implement viable solutions to community energy challenges.

Technical Assistance

Alaska Native villages and regional and village corporations can apply to receive no-cost technical assistance with residential energy efficiency, grantee support, strategic energy planning, transmission, interconnection of regional grids, village power, and research and analysis. Learn more about technical assistance.

Through the Alaska Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program, federally recognized Alaska Native villages receive community-based technical assistance with preparing tribal energy and infrastructure projects for financing and construction. See a list of START projects in Alaska.

Funding Opportunities

Federal agencies, including the Office of Indian Energy, provide grant, loan, and technical assistance programs to support Alaska Native villages and corporations with evaluating, developing, and deploying energy projects. View a list of current funding opportunities

Education and Capacity Building

Webinars, workshops, and trainings help educate tribal leaders and staff on renewable energy project development and financing. Education and capacity building resources offered by the Office of Indian Energy include:

The Office of Indian Energy also offers educational workshops and training at Alaska regional events. See our events calendar for upcoming Alaska events.

National Strategy for the Arctic Region

The National Strategy for the Arctic Region outlines strategic priorities intended to position the United States to respond effectively to emerging opportunities in the region, while simultaneously pursuing efforts to protect and conserve its unique environment. As part of that effort, the Office of Indian Energy is responsible for developing a 10-year renewable energy strategy for the Arctic region through consultation and coordination with Alaska Native communities. Learn more about the National Strategy for the Arctic Region.

Contact Us

Givey Kochanowski is the Alaska program manager for the Office of Indian Energy. Stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, he is responsible for the support and delivery of DOE technical assistance, capacity building, energy education, and outreach to all Alaskan tribal entities. 

Contact Givey via email or phone at 907-271-1423. The Alaska office is located at 420 L Street, Suite 305, Anchorage, AK 99501.

Alaska News and Blogs

Kodiak Caps Off Multi-Year DOE Alaska Regional Energy Road Show
September 13, 2018
In this photo essay, NREL’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist zooms in on Alaska’s assets and adaptability.
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DOE Office of Indian Energy to Host Three Regional Alaska Energy Workshops in 2018
January 24, 2018
In February and May, the Office of Indian Energy will host a series of regional energy workshops in Alaska.
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Energy Retrofit to Cut St. Paul Island Airport Facility's Annual Costs by $200K, Double Usable Space
September 13, 2017
A DOE-cofunded retrofit of a remote Alaskan airport facility will reduce electricity use by 54% while nearly doubling the contribution of wind power.
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Technical Assistance Lowers Energy Costs for Akutan
May 11, 2017
In April 2015, the Native Village of Akutan requested technical assistance from the DOE Office of Indian Energy.
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Alaska Energy in Action: Northway Identifies Energy Savings Opportunities
April 13, 2017

In response to a technical assistance request from the Northway Village Council, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy...

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DOE Office of Indian Energy to Host Three Regional Alaska Native Village Energy Workshops in January
December 14, 2016

Many communities in rural Alaska are taking steps to lower energy costs and reduce reliance on imported fuel. To advance these efforts, the U.S....

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DOE Hydropower Forum Explores Potential for Tribal Projects in Alaska
October 21, 2016
In response to growing demand for credible, unbiased information about developing small hydropower projects in Alaska, the U.S. Department of Energ...
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Alaska Energy Champion: The ANTHC Team
October 21, 2016

In this installment, we caught up with Eric Hanssen, Program Manager of the Alaska Native Health Consortium (ANTHC’s) Rural Energy Initiative for...

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Alaska Energy in Action: START Round 3 Update
October 21, 2016
In May 2015 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy announced its selection of five Alaska Native villages to receive technical...
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Alaskan Community Efficiency Champions Compete for Funds to Implement Energy Reduction Plans
June 6, 2016

Thirteen Native Alaska villages thirteen are developing unique plans to reduce per capita energy consumption 15% by 2020 with technical assistance...

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