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May 10, 2017
The DOE Office of Indian Energy and GRID Alternatives joined the Bishop Paiute Tribe at an Earth Day event to celebrate 56 completed residential solar installations—as well as the benefits they’ll bring to the Tribe for generations to come. Photo from GRID Alternatives
Bishop Paiute Tribe Celebrates a Milestone in Quest for Energy Self-Sufficiency
Residential solar installations co-funded by two DOE Office of Indian Energy grants bring electricity cost savings and job skills for tribal members.
April 28, 2017
On April 7, members of the Seneca Nation of Indians celebrated the commissioning of a 1.7-megawatt wind turbine on their tribal land in western New York.
Seneca Nation Celebrates Commissioning of 1.7-MW Wind Turbine with DOE Support
On April 7, the Seneca Nation of Indians commissioned a 1.7-megawatt (MW) wind turbine on Seneca Nation Reservation land in western New York.
April 13, 2017
The Northway Washeteria and Water Treatment Plant is one of four community buildings that underwent energy assessments to identify potential energy- and cost-saving opportunities. Photo from Northway Village Council.
Alaska Energy in Action: Northway Identifies Energy Savings Opportunities

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

March 31, 2017
On Feb. 28, 2017, Office of Indian Energy Director Chris Deschene (second from right) joined the Coeur d'Alene Tribe to celebrate its upgraded Benewah Market in Plummer, Idaho. From left: Joe Peone (Bonneville Power Administration), Alfred M. Nomee (Coeur d’Alene Tribe), James Alexie (Coeur d’Alene Tribe), Chris Deschene, and Ken Johnston (Bonneville Power Administration). Photo from Jennifer Fletcher, Coeur d'Alene Tribe Council Fires Newspaper
Efficiency Upgrades Help Coeur d'Alene Tribe Save Energy and Costs at its Benewah Market

On Feb. 28, 2017, the Coeur d'Alene Tribe held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the successful retrofit of its Benewah Market in Plummer,...

March 8, 2017
Blog: DOE Intern Applies Asset-Based Framework to Tribal Energy Planning
DOE intern Rachael Gutierrez writes about her experience working with tribes to develop strategic energy resource plans.
January 5, 2017
Intern Researches Sustainable Building Design Opportunities for Her Tribe
Office of Indian Energy intern Diana Fuller researches sustainable building design opportunities.
December 19, 2016
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Blog: Former Interns' Research Offers Insight to Energy Challenges Within Alaska
Two former DOE interns conduct interviews on the challenges to developing renewable energy in Alaska Native communities.
November 30, 2016
Five Tribes Benefit from Hands-On Training in Solar Operations and Maintenance
In October, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) partnered with GRID Alternatives to provide a v...
November 9, 2016
Office of Indian Energy Intern Focuses Research on Converting Waste Water to Energy
My name is Kimberlynn Cameron. I grew up in Wakpala, South Dakota, on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.
October 21, 2016
Announcing 7 Communities That Will Lead the Climate Fight in Alaska
Announcing 7 Communities That Will Lead the Climate Fight in Alaska

Remote Alaska Communities Energy Efficiency Competition helps communities implement energy solutions that can be replicated throughout rural Alaska...

October 21, 2016
DOE Hydropower Forum Explores Potential for Tribal Projects in Alaska
In response to growing demand for credible, unbiased information about developing small hydropower projects in Alaska, the U.S. Department of Energ...
October 21, 2016
The ANTHC team includes (left to right) Gavin Dixon; Eric Hanssen; Kevin Ulrich; Sharnel Vale; Tashina Duttle; and [not pictured] Bailey Gambell. Photo from Eric Hanssen, ANTHC, NREL 40424
Alaska Energy Champion: The ANTHC Team

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

October 21, 2016
Alaska Energy in Action: START Round 3 Update
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...
September 27, 2016
Photo from Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.
Fond du Lac Band Poised to Double 2020 Clean Energy Goal

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (the Band) held a ceremony celebrating the completion of a 1-megawatt (MW) solar project on...

August 22, 2016
Site of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s Oxford Solar Project. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL
Southern Ute Indian Tribe to Begin Construction on Solar Project

Construction on the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s 1.3-megawatt ground-mounted solar array in Ignacio, Colorado, will begin in early September,...

August 15, 2016
The Energy Department's Weatherization Assistance Program services every political subdivision in the country through a network of 59 grantees: 50 states, the District of Columbia, five U.S. territories, and three select Native American tribes.
Celebrating 40 Years of America’s Weatherization Assistance Program

The Energy Department is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Weatherization Assistance Program, which has retrofitted more than 7 million homes...

July 27, 2016
On July 25, Office of Indian Energy Director Chris Deschene joined Soboba Tribal Council Vice-Chair Isaiah Vivanco, other members of the tribal council and staff, and partners from Southern California Edison and Optimum Group for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the installation of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians’ new solar system. Photo from the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians.
Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Celebrates Initial Step Toward Achieving Its Tribal Energy Vision

On July 25, the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians (Tribe) celebrated the installation of a 1-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) system on its...

July 19, 2016
Expanding the Tribal Role in Carrying Out a Critical Mission in Indian Country
They’re equally important, but in this blog post I’m going to focus on the Deployment Program.
July 15, 2016
Biomass Adventures and More: Ute Mountain Ute Youth Energy Day
Environmental Engineering Intern Rachael Boothe from NREL on hand during the Ute Mountain Ute Youth Energy Workshop.
July 6, 2016
This Government Brochure Is Something to Brag About
Some people may find it hard to get excited about a brochure. But an informative outreach piece can be a very powerful tool. That's why I'm excited...
June 23, 2016
During the Office of Indian Energy’s System Advisor Model Training June 7–8 at Northern Arizona University, attendees had the opportunity to input, model, and analyze real data to make more informed decisions about renewable energy projects. Photo by Sherry Stout, NREL
Finance and Performance Model Training Helps Tribes with Energy Project Decision Making

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy hosted a System Advisor Model (SAM) Training at Northern Arizona...

June 15, 2016
After two seawall breaches and associated disaster declarations, the Quinault Indian Nation, located on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, has decided to move two of its villages to safer, more climate-resilient locations. With the help of DOE, the Tribe is working to ensure that the relocated village of Taholah has a resilient energy system. Photo by Eliza Hotchkiss, NREL
DOE Assists Quinault Indian Nation with Plans for a Climate-Resilient Community

For many centuries, the 23-mile stretch of Pacific coastline on Washington's Olympic Peninsula has been home to the Quinault Indian Nation (Tribe)....

June 3, 2016
Many homes in Alaska such as this one under construction are using energy much more efficiently as a result of financial support from the Energy Department to the state.  Photo courtesy Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. (AHFC)
Energy Department Helps Alaska Develop Energy Retrofit Programs

Support from the Energy Department’s State Energy Program (SEP), is helping Alaska building managers and facility owners understand best practices...

May 23, 2016
Students pose in front of Buckland’s 10.53-kW solar system used to power the village’s new water plant. Photo from Alison Jech, Buckland School.
Buckland Students Explore Ways to Address Rural Alaska Energy Challenges

Last month, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, I had the privilege of taking my students from the...

May 10, 2016
Five Things That Make a Good Tribal Energy Project Great
Read about the five pillars of success that were foundational to Bishop Paiute Tribe ongoing progress.