On May 5, Loan Programs Office (LPO) Director Jigar Shah and Wahleah Johns, Director of DOE’s Office of Indian Energy (IE) welcomed tribal leaders and staff and interested stakeholders for a listening session to hear about challenges in developing tribal energy projects and how funding and financing programs offered through DOE can be structured to address them. This listening session followed a tribal consultation on April 9 with Secretary Granholm and DOE leaders from across the Department.

More than 350 participants took part in the session and provided valuable feedback on making DOE programs more effective for Indian Country to meet tribal economic development and energy resilience needs. The session elicited more than 140 questions that DOE remains in the process of reviewing and completing responses.

DOE looks forward to receiving ongoing feedback about how it can better address Indian Country’s needs through the Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program and other tribal energy programs. In the coming months, LPO and IE expect to provide additional updates about their programs.