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March 27, 2020
Department of Energy Announces Up To $15 Million for Tribes to Deploy Energy Technology
DOE announced up to $15 million in new funding to deploy energy technology on tribal lands.
March 20, 2020
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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
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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.
March 5, 2020
DOE Announces Intent to Issue New Funding Opportunity for Tribal Energy Infrastructure Development
DOE Announces Intent to Issue New Funding Opportunity for Tribal Energy Infrastructure Development
Through this planned FOA, the Office of Indian Energy will continue its efforts to maximize the deployment of energy solutions.
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.
January 29, 2020
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DOE’s 2020 Tribal Energy Webinar Series Kicks Off February 26
The monthly webinars will focus on how to accomplish specific tasks related to energy development on tribal lands.
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.
November 13, 2019
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DOE Announces $15 Million to Deploy Energy Infrastructure on Tribal Lands
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $15 million in new funding to deploy energy infrastructure on tribal lands.
October 30, 2019
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Indian Energy Champion: Natalie Hanson
Executive Director of Nuvista Light and Electric Cooperative talks about her role in creatively addressing Alaska’s energy challenges.
October 18, 2019
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Attend the 2019 Indian Energy Program Review to Learn About DOE-Funded Projects
The Office of Indian Energy is hosting its 2019 Program Review November 18–21 at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel in Lakewood, Colorado.
October 18, 2019
Kevin R. Frost at NTES
2019 National Tribal Energy Summit Connects Tribes with Solutions Toward Energy Sovereignty
Every two years, leaders from tribal and state governments have an opportunity to exchange ideas at the National Tribal Energy Summit.
September 27, 2019
Picuris Pueblo of New Mexico 1-MW Community Solar Array
DOE Announces Intent to Issue New Funding Opportunity for Tribal Energy Infrastructure Development
Planned funding will help Native American and Alaska Native communities harness their vast energy resources to reduce or stabilize energy costs.
August 1, 2019
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2019 National Tribal Energy Summit to Explore Energy as a Powerful Tool for Self Determination
The Summit will bring together tribal and state governments, federal agencies, and more to build networks, exchange ideas, and explore solutions.
July 23, 2019
Picuris Pueblo of New Mexico 1-MW Community Solar Array
DOE Announces $16 Million for 14 Tribal Energy Infrastructure Deployment Projects
This investment will help Native American and Alaska Native communities harness their vast energy resources.
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.
March 11, 2019
DOE Makes Up To $17 Million Available for Energy Infrastructure Deployment on Tribal Lands
Funding will support tribes interested in harnessing their vast undeveloped energy resources.
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
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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.
February 5, 2019
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Indian Energy Undergrad Internship Program Now Accepting Applications: Apply by March 1
Interns will gain first-hand experience with existing tribal energy projects and exposure to issues concerning tribal energy technology use.
December 12, 2018
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DOE Announces Intent to Issue New Funding Opportunity for Tribal Energy Infrastructure Development
The funding opportunity announcement entitled “Energy Infrastructure Development on Indian Lands - 2019” will be issued early next year.
November 13, 2018
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Explore Tribal Energy Projects and Progress at the 2018 Program Review
The annual event aims to bring together Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages to celebrate tribal energy successes, network, and share information.
November 9, 2018
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November 28 Webinar to Highlight Tribal Microgrid Case Studies
This webinar will provide an overview of microgrid systems and technologies and how they can be used in tribal communities for emergency situations.
October 24, 2018
Photo of Moapa's solar panels.
October 31 Webinar on Distributed Energy Technology Trends and Costs
This webinar will provide tribes with a broad update on recent technological and cost trends for distributed energy.
October 23, 2018
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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
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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.