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Intro to Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program
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The Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program (TELGP) supports tribal investment in energy-related projects by providing direct loans or partial loan guarantees to federally recognized tribe, including Alaska Native village or regional or village corporations; or a Tribal Energy Development Organization (TEDO) that is wholly or substantially owned by a federally recognized tribe federally recognized Indian tribe or Alaska Native Corporation. Under this solicitation, DOE has up to $2 billion in available loan authority. 

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APPLICATION PROCESS

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants are encouraged to: 

1. Read the solicitation in its entirety. The Tribal Energy Lending Reference Guide provides a high-level overview for convenience.

2. Engage with DOE’s Outreach and Business Development Division to share project details and engage in pre-application dialogue by emailing TELGP@hq.doe.gov or by phone at 202-586-1262.

ELIGIBLE BORROWERS

DOE's tribal energy financing is available to eligible Indian tribes or entities, including Alaska Native village or regional or village corporations, or other financial institutions or tribes meeting certain criteria established by DOE, that are able to demonstrate being eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians, or their wholly-owned entities with appropriate legal authority. In addition, a Tribal Energy Development Organization (TEDO) that is wholly or substantially owned by a federally recognized tribe is eligible. 

Please read the solicitation for further information about eligible borrowers. 

ELIGIBLE LENDERS

For partial loan guarantees under TELGP, an eligible lender would be a federally regulated commercial bank, other financial institution or a tribe satisfying requirements established by DOE, that is able to demonstrate experience and capability to evaluate, underwrite, and negotiate energy development loans, similar to the proposed loan with its tribal customers, and should only apply for a guarantee if the proposed loan satisfies its own requirements. Please read the solicitation for further information about eligible lenders. 

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS

DOE can support a broad range of projects and activities for the development of energy resources, products, and services that utilize commercial technology (innovative technology is permitted but not required). 

The following non-exclusive list of potential types of Eligible Projects is provided for illustrative purposes only:

  • Electricity generation, transmission and/or distribution facilities, utilizing renewable or conventional energy sources
  • Energy storage facilities, whether or not integrated with any of the above
  • Energy resource extraction, refining or processing facilities
  • Energy transportation facilities, including pipelines
  • District heating and cooling facilities
  • Cogeneration facilities
  • Distributed energy project portfolios, including portfolios of smaller distributed generation and storage facilities employed pursuant to a unified business plan

Please read the solicitation for more information about eligible projects. Projects utilizing innovative technologies may wish to consider LPO's Title 17 Innovative Clean Energy Loan Guarantee Program.

APPLICATION EVALUATION PROCESS

DOE will evaluate applications in a two phases. In Part I, LPO will review the project to determine eligibility and readiness to proceed. In Part II, LPO will review the project to evaluate reasonable prospect of repayment. Following a favorable determination based on this two-phase review, DOE will commence due diligence, structuring, negotiation, credit approval, documentation and closing processes that are similar to those of commercial lenders. Transaction execution timing is affected by completeness of application materials, sponsor’s readiness to proceed, responsiveness to information requests and negotiating efficiency.

The Tribal Energy Lending Reference Guide provides a high-level overview for convenience. Please read the solicitation for further information about the evaluation process. 

TRIBAL OUTREACH EFFORTS

Doug Schultz discusses Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program
LPO's Doug Schultz (far left), Carole Plowfield and Kevin Frost (far right), Acting Director and Deputy Director for the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, respectively, discuss TELGP at ICEIWG 2018 2nd Quarter Meeting

LPO has worked in close collaboration with the Department's Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (IE) in designing TELGP and reaching out to tribal members. This included emailing tribal leaders to solicit feedback about the proposed design of TELGP. Since early 2018, DOE staff has participated in one-on-one meetings with tribal leaders as well as participating annually at the Reservation Economic Summit, NAFOA's Annual Conference and Fall Finance & Tribal Economies Conference, ICEIWG meetings, and National Tribal Energy Summits. 

In May 2021, LPO Director Jigar Shah and IE Director Wahleah Johns participated in an online listening session to discuss funding and financing of tribal energy projects, which followed a tribal consultation on April 9 with Secretary Granholm and DOE leaders from across the Department. IE has published a summary of the roundtable, as well as a complete list of questions and DOE's responses.  

LPO will continue to solicit feedback and may make adjustments to the program as appropriate to better serve tribes' needs, consistent with DOE's authority. 

LPO Senior Advisor John Lushetsky speaks at the opening session of the 2019 National Tribal Energy Summit
LPO Senior Advisor John Lushetsky speaks at the opening session of the 2019 National Tribal Energy Summit
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GOVERNING DOCUMENTS

FOUNDATIONAL LEGISLATION, RULES, AND DOCUMENTS

TELGP Solicitation

Authorizing Legislation

Appropriations

  • The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 (P.L. 115-31) provided $8.5 million to remain available until expended for the cost of loan guarantees.

Interagency & Environmental Requirements

  • Various federal environmental and other laws apply to DOE loans and loan guarantees. Detailed information is available on LPO's Environmental Compliance webpage. 

Federal Credit Programs

NEWS & BLOGS

Latest news from TELGP

Direct Lending for Tribal Energy Projects Implemented
Today, DOE’s Loan Programs Office (LPO) issued an updated solicitation for the Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program (TELGP) to implement direct lending authority.
July 29, 2022
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LPO Discusses Tribal Energy Projects and Direct Lending at NAFOA’s 40th Annual Conference
Members of DOE attended the 40th Annual NAFOA Conference to discuss financing tribal energy projects, including new direct lending authority for the Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program
April 7, 2022
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LPO Director Jigar Shah Delivers Remarks at Reservation Economic Summit 2021
LPO Director Jigar Shah recorded a video message about the Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program for the Reservation Economic Summit 2021
July 20, 2021
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Listening Session Provided Valuable Feedback on DOE’s Tribal Energy Programs
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
June 3, 2021
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LPO Invites Tribal Leaders to a Roundtable Discussion on Funding and Financing Tribal Energy Projects on May 5
LPO and the Office of Indian Energy will host a 2-hour virtual roundtable discussion session on funding and financing tribal energy projects on Wednesday, May 5, 2021
April 26, 2021
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Department of Energy Issues $2 Billion Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program Solicitation
Solicitation provides as much as $2bn in partial loan guarantees to support economic opportunities for Native American and Alaska Native communities.
July 17, 2018
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Loan Programs Office Seeking Input for Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program
Loan Programs Office is developing the Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program (TELGP) to increase commercial lending for tribal energy development
March 19, 2018
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Loan Guarantees Can Help Build Tribal Energy Infrastructure
Today, DOE issued its first solicitation for the Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program (TELGP) for up to $2 billion.
July 17, 2018
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