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December 11, 2020
Hebert on a site visit to Quinhagak.
Indian Energy Champion: Jack Hébert
Over the past few decades, the paradigm has shifted for building science in cold climates, thanks in no small part to Hébert's commitment.
December 10, 2020
Reassembling the microgrid at Igiugig
Free-Flowing River Revs Up Resilience of Alaska Native Village
The Native Village of Igiugig proves RivGen Hydrokinetic Power System can produce power, survive winter, and coexist with salmon.
October 27, 2020
During winter in northern Alaska, wind chills can reach -148°F, making heat even more vital.
Build Tight, Ventilate Right
Cold Climate Housing Research Center Founder shares his knowledge on energy-efficient building design for cold climates.
July 22, 2020
Tweedie Doe at the Office of Indian Energy Program Review.
Meet Our Team: Tweedie Doe Helps Tribal Grant Recipients Navigate the Process
Project officer brings wealth of expertise to administering tribal energy grants.
July 20, 2020
Grid Alternatives installing solar racking.
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe’s Perseverance Pays as Solar Takes Off
DOE awards funding for second solar project after 1-megawatt system goes live.
July 17, 2020
Participants take part in the 2018 Energy Planning & Development Workshop in Kodiak, Alaska.
Meet Our Team: Givey Kochanowski Champions Alaska Native Energy Development
Alaska Program Manager sees growth in tribal energy capacity as key to impact.
July 7, 2020
Woman at a podium at the Program Review.
Meet Our Team: Lizana Pierce Devotes Decades to Supporting Tribal Energy Development
Deployment Supervisor and Senior Engineer reflects on more than 20 years assisting tribes in developing their energy resources.
March 31, 2020
Aerial view of Huslia native village.
Old Ways Fuel Future Vision, Local Economy for Alaska Native Village
Huslia’s wood biomass system saves money, creates jobs, and keeps energy dollars in the community.
March 20, 2020
Construction on a solar array.
Tribe Sees Big Payout, Bright Future in Solar Energy
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ 700-kilowatt solar system cuts costs, generates energy and optimism.
March 13, 2020
Photo of Kevin R. Frost
Q&A with Office of Indian Energy Director Kevin R. Frost
One year into his tenure as director of the Office of Indian Energy, Kevin R. Frost has been hard at work implementing programs for tribes.
February 19, 2020
Joey Owle, of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, delivers his presentation at the annual Program Review.
Indian Energy Champion: Joey Owle
Learn more about Owle's role in the 705-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians installed.
December 16, 2019
Bernadette Cuthair at Program Review.
Indian Energy Champion: Bernadette Cuthair
Director of Planning & Development for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe talks about her role in advancing the Tribe’s energy goals.
October 30, 2019
People standing in the National Wind Technology Center.
Indian Energy Champion: Natalie Hanson
Executive Director of Nuvista Light and Electric Cooperative talks about her role in creatively addressing Alaska’s energy challenges.
June 19, 2019
Team of people installing solar panels on a house.
DOE-Funded Solar Project Helps Spokane Tribe Reduce Homeowners’ Monthly Energy Cost from $240 to Less Than $9
When completed this summer, the Initiative will add 650 kilowatts of solar capacity to tribal buildings and save about $2.8 million over 30 years.
February 25, 2019
Photo of boxpower solar containers in Alaska.
DOE Co-Funded PV Project Brings Fuel Cost Savings to Three Alaska Native Villages—Starting With Buckland
The roughly $2-million project involves installing over 400 kilowatts of photovoltaic arrays in these villages.
February 6, 2019
Photo of Hughes solar project.
Can Solar Work in Alaska? Hughes Village Says Yes.
The Native Village of Hughes just installed the bones of a 120-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system that will cut diesel use and costs.
October 23, 2018
A man standing in front of wind turbines
Former Tribal Energy Intern Follows the Wind to a Career at NREL
Former intern Nick Johnson has DOE to thank for much of his growth toward a career as a mechanical engineer at the National Renewable Energy Lab.
September 13, 2018
Photo of sign for Kodiak, Alaska
Kodiak Caps Off Multi-Year DOE Alaska Regional Energy Road Show
In this photo essay, NREL’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist zooms in on Alaska’s assets and adaptability.
August 27, 2018
A large solar array installed in Oregon.
The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Trap the Sun to Offset Energy Costs
The Tribe turned a strip of its land in Oregon into nearly $12,000 in annual energy cost savings.
July 23, 2018
Photo of 2018 interns.
Desire to Give Back Drives Native Student Interns
Giving back to their communities is a common motivator for the Native students who serve as summer interns with the Office of Indian Energy.
July 17, 2018
Screenshot of the user-friendly Tribal Energy Atlas tool
New Interactive Tool Puts Tribal Energy Resource Data in Tribes’ Hands
First-of-its-kind interactive geospatial application enables tribes to conduct their own analyses of installed energy projects and more.
June 8, 2018
Pala Band of Mission Indians Sees Savings from Solar-Powered Fire Station, Looks Ahead to Continued Energy Development
Pala Band of Mission Indians Sees Savings from Solar-Powered Fire Station, Looks Ahead to Continued Energy Development
The Tribe has turned to renewable energy as a means of lowering energy costs and gaining independence from the grid.
May 29, 2018
Photo of Chelsea Chee and other 2013 interns.
Former Office of Indian Energy Intern Recognized with National Award for Leadership in Diversity and Equity
Chelsea Chee’s leadership across several major projects in New Mexico, including her Natives in STEM project, helped earn her the award.
February 2, 2018
2015 Office of Indian Energy interns.
Sixteen Years of Indian Energy Interns: Where Are They Now?
The Office of Indian Energy’s college student internship program develops Native leaders in STEM and tribal energy careers.
January 23, 2018
Two interns at the Navajo Nation in Arizona
What It’s Like to Be an Indian Energy Intern: Part Two
Read Katie Hall’s reports from the field as a 2017 summer intern with the DOE Office of Indian Energy.