In support of the Obama Administration’s commitment to strengthening partnerships with Tribal Nations and advancing tribal energy development, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy today announced the availability of up to $3 million to initiate the first steps toward developing and sustaining renewable energy and energy efficiency on tribal lands.

Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the Office of Indian Energy will continue its efforts to maximize the development and deployment of energy solutions for the benefit of American Indians and Alaska Natives and help build the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to implement those energy solutions.

Specifically, under this announcement, the Office of Indian Energy is soliciting applications from Indian tribes, including Alaska Native villages, Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations, and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations, under the following Topic Areas:

  1. Conduct energy options analyses
  2. Establish baseline energy use and efficiency options
  3. Develop energy organizations
  4. Conduct climate resiliency planning
  5. Establish policy, regulations, and codes to reduce energy use or promote energy development
  6. Obtain skills and training related to energy use and development.

Applications are due Oct. 20, 2016. To apply for the FOA (DE-FOA-0001621), visit the EERE Exchange website. The Office of Indian Energy hosted an informational webinar on FOA eligibility, application, and cost-share requirements; the selection process; and more. View webinar slides and video.  

The Office of Indian Energy promotes tribal energy sufficiency and fosters economic development and employment on tribal lands by providing tribal communities with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to harness their indigenous renewable energy resources, reduce their energy costs, create jobs, build resilience, and implement successful strategic energy solutions. Since 2002, DOE has invested over $50 million in nearly 200 tribal energy projects, provided technical assistance to Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages for the evaluation and development of their energy resources, and provided education and training to help build the human capacity required for sustainable energy projects.