The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced two new initiatives to promote tribal energy. Up to $10 million will be available this year through the DOE's Tribal Energy Program to support the evaluation, development and deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on tribal lands.
In addition, the DOE announced that the Tribal Summit with American Indian and Alaska Native leaders will be held on May 5 in Washington, D.C. The DOE's new Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs will work with the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs in reaching out to tribal leaders in the design of the summit.Â
Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations and tribal consortia, on whose lands the projects will be located, are eligible to apply for the available funding.Â Â
Up to $1.5 million is expected to support the projects focused on capacity building and strategic planning, which can include energy resource and infrastructure analyses, the development of an energy organization and training programs. The energy efficiency and renewable energy deployment initiatives are expected to receive up to $4 million each to study the technical and economic feasibility of future energy efficiency improvements or renewable energy projects.Â Â
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Energy