Technical Assistance

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy provides federally recognized Indian tribes, including Alaska Native villages, tribal energy resource development organizations, and other organized tribal groups and communities, with technical assistance to advance tribal energy projects at no cost. For general information or inquiries, please contact our help desk.

Note: requesting a DOE Office of Indian Energy speaker, booth, or attendance at an event does not constitute technical assistance. For more information, please see our event requests page.

On-Request Technical Assistance

Technical experts from DOE and its national laboratories, along with other partnering organizations, provide support to assist Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages with energy planning; housing and building energy efficiency; project development; policy and regulation; climate resilience; and village power. The goal of the technical assistance is to address a specific challenge or fulfill a need that is essential to a current project's successful implementation. The intended result is a tangible product or specific deliverable designed to help move a project forward. Learn more about on-request technical assistance, or view a map and list of completed on-request technical assistance.

START Program

From 2012 to 2018, the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program assisted in the development of tribal renewable energy projects. The program is now complete. Through START, Indian tribes in the 48 contiguous states and Alaska Native villages received technical assistance from DOE and national laboratory experts to move projects closer to implementation. Learn more about the completed START Program