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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.
May 10, 2016
Tribal Housing Authorities: Advancing Energy Projects Through Informed Collaboration
Tribal Housing Authorities: Advancing Energy Projects Through Informed Collaboration
Tribal housing authorities often play a major role in facilitating energy development projects for the communities they serve. In fact, of the 16 p...
May 10, 2016
Indian Energy Beat Spring/Summer 2016—Message from the Director
Message from the Director for the Spring/Summer 2016 newsletter.
May 9, 2016
Blue Lake Rancheria Kicks Off Solar System Construction
The Blue Lake Rancheria (Tribe) is on the fast track to a clean energy future, and on May 3, 2016, the Tribe hit a new milestone as construction of...
April 28, 2016
Seneca Nation of Indians Leverages DOE Support for Wind Turbine Project
Seneca Nation of Indians Leverages DOE Support for Wind Turbine Project
The Seneca Nation sought support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a strategic energy plan. The Seneca Nation of Indians was comp...
April 26, 2016
Alaska Energy Champion: Jed Drolet
Change doesn’t happen on its own. It’s led by dedicated and passionate people who are championing innovative solutions to Alaska’s energy cha...
April 21, 2016
New Biomass System Helps Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin Reduce Its Carbon Footprint
New Biomass System Helps Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin Reduce Its Carbon Footprint
On April 20, 2016, Menominee Tribal Enterprises (MTE) celebrated the official opening of its biomass combined heat and power (CHP) district energy ...
April 19, 2016
Film Tells the Story of Indian Country’s Energy Development from the Native Perspective

On April 13, the documentary “Red Power Energy” made its debut as the first film in the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management...

March 29, 2016
Touring First Solar's 250-megawatt Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project located on the Moapa River Reservation. From left to right: Office of Indian Energy Director Chris Deschene, Office of Indian Energy Senior Policy Advisor Doug MacCourt, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Engineer Sherry Stout, Moapa Band of Paiutes Vice Chairman Greg Anderson, and Office of Indian Energy 48 Contiguous States Program Manager Sarai Geary. Photo from Sam Scucci, First Solar
Solar Project Provides Jobs and Training for Moapa Band of Paiute Indians

Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy hosted a two-day energy track and booth at the National Reservation Economic...

March 24, 2016
Insulation is a key element of weatherization because it provides resistance to heat flow which lowers a family’s heating and cooling costs. Insulation is especially important for homes in arctic climates, like this home in Alaska. The Energy Department's Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and its network of Alaskan service providers are working to improve the condition of the state’s affordable housing stock, while reducing utility bills for low-income Alaskans.
Energy Department Supports Efficiency Upgrades in Alaska’s Lake and Peninsula Borough

Effective insulation can result in big savings in heating and cooling costs, especially in arctic climates such as Alaska. The Energy Department's...

March 10, 2016
Kodiak Island, Alaska. Photo by Andrew Petersen.
Workshop Explores Energy Project Financing Options for Southwest Alaska

Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy hosted a Project Development and Finance workshop in conjunction with the...

March 9, 2016
Energy Department financial support for Alaska is helping remote facilities like the Toksook Bay Well House to identify critical savings opportunities with energy monitoring software. Toksook Bay has a population of about 600.
Building Energy Monitoring Software Aids Native Alaskan Villages

Energy Department financial aid to improve energy efficiency and renewable energy is especially critical in Alaska because harsh climate and the...

March 1, 2016
Concept drawing of the Agua Caliente Band’s Heritage Plaza Parking Lot Project, which involves installing solar arrays, partly funded by a DOE grant, on carport shade structures. Photo from Larry Fossum, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.
Agua Caliente Band's Pursuit of Energy Self-Sufficiency Gains Momentum
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in the Palm Springs area of California is a shining example of the type of leadership tribes can provide...
February 12, 2016
The Yukon River Inter-tribal Watershed Council replaced the village store's existing forced-air furnace with high-efficiency boilers and retrofitted the lighting.
Sustaining a Vision: DOE Funding Boosts Building Energy Efficiency in Yukon River Basin

The Yukon River Inter-tribal Watershed Council (YRITWC) is a coalition of sovereign tribal and First Nations governments founded in 1997 to...

February 2, 2016
Fort Yukon Gains Heat and Insight with Biomass Project
In 2005, residents of the Native Village of Fort Yukon were seeking a better, less costly way to heat the village’s common buildings and shared w...
February 2, 2016
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Alaska Energy Champion: Karen Johnson

Change doesn’t happen on its own. It’s led by dedicated and passionate people who are championing innovative solutions to Alaska’s energy...

January 19, 2016
Winning the Future: Tonto Apache Tribe Uses DOE Funding to Gain Momentum on Solar Energy Development
Winning the Future: Tonto Apache Tribe Uses DOE Funding to Gain Momentum on Solar Energy Development
The Tonto Apache Tribe in Payson, Arizona, undertook a decades-long reservation infrastructure development effort that is still ongoing. In 2004, t...
January 11, 2016
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Southern Ute Indian Tribe Solar Project Achieves Milestone
The Southern Ute Indian Tribe has achieved a major milestone toward developing a roughly 1-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system that will genera...
December 21, 2015
New Energy Department competition to help rural Alaskan communities save energy and fight climate change. | Graphic by <a href="/node/1332956">Carly Wilkins</a>, Energy Department
Working with Alaska to Reduce Energy Use and #ActOnClimate

New Energy Department competition to help rural Alaskan communities save energy and fight climate change.

December 17, 2015
Shishmaref Gets DOE Support on Energy and Resiliency
In early November 2015, with assistance from START members, Shishmaref completed a 2.4-kilowatt wind project funded by a DOE grant.
December 1, 2015
Solar Projects on the Rise for New Mexico’s Picuris and Zia Pueblos
Solar Projects on the Rise for New Mexico’s Picuris and Zia Pueblos
The Picuris Pueblo built its first net zero energy building, a solar-powered fire station and renovated gymnasium with the help of DOE.
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...