The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy provides tribes and Alaska Natives with information on energy efficiency and energy technologies and project development through webinars and online curriculum.

Register for upcoming webinars below or access past webinars. All webinars are offered at no cost and scheduled at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain Time (MT) the last Wednesday of each month.

2021 Tribal Energy Webinar Series: Tribal Energy for Resilience, Economic Development, and Environmental Stewardship

Tribal energy projects can improve community resilience, foster economic development, and support environmental stewardship. The 2021 Tribal Energy Webinar Series will focus on how tribes can capture these wide-ranging benefits. Each webinar will share information, tools, resources, and potential funding opportunities.

Date Webinar Title and Description
April 28

Planning for a Changing Climate

The climate is changing—and as it changes, our infrastructure must change with it. In this webinar we will discuss how climatological changes and extreme weather events are impacting tribal communities, and opportunities and tools available to tribes to help plan for and adapt to these changes.

May 26

Energy's Role in Resilience Planning

A reliable supply of electricity (and other heating and transportation fuels) is essential for community safety and prosperity. Weather-related blackouts and brownouts in Texas and California over the last year have demonstrated the importance of building greater resilience into our electricity systems. This webinar will discuss potential weaknesses in our electric grid and distribution lines, and ways tribes can address those weaknesses through energy projects that help strengthen or support the grid.

June 30

Microgrids for Resilient Electricity Systems

Microgrids can increase the reliability of the electricity supply for communities and/or essential infrastructure. In this webinar we will explore how tribes can effectively deploy microgrids to improve the resilience of their electricity systems.

July 28

Electric Vehicles: Opportunities and Challenges

As electric vehicles become a mainstream form of transportation, communities will need to develop new infrastructure to support this major shift in how we fuel our cars and trucks. In this webinar we will look at the opportunities and challenges that come with the transition to electric vehicles, as well as ways that communities can support and accelerate this change.

August 25

Tribal Solar Development Policy Initiative

With support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Midwest Tribal Energy Resources Association (MTERA) have embarked on a 3-year initiative to address regulatory challenges to tribal solar deployment. The goal of this initiative is to articulate key barriers to tribal solar and solar-plus-storage adoption at all scales and to ready stakeholders to implement options to address these challenges. This webinar will share some early findings from the initiative and explain how others can get involved.

September 29

Building Electrification: Why and How

The goal of building electrification is to utilize electricity rather than fossil fuels for building heating and cooking applications. Doing so can improve indoor air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This webinar will explore this trending topic on the path to a clean energy future.

October 27

Energy Projects and Workforce Development: A Win-Win Opportunity

Energy projects are often labor-intensive during construction—and once they are complete, local capability is needed to operate and maintain those energy systems. Tribes who develop a local workforce in conjunction with developing projects can realize improved project economics while creating local jobs and skilled labor. This webinar will explore this win-win opportunity.

December 8

Utility-Scale Solar Development on Tribal Lands

Developing utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects can be a lengthy and complex process—and to date, only a few utility-scale projects have been built on tribal lands. This webinar will explore what goes into utility-scale solar development, including lessons learned from tribes who have successfully completed these larger-scale projects.