DOE Tribal Energy Events and Funding Opportunities


Register for August 26 Webinar on Behind-the-Meter Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy is hosting a free webinar on behind-the-meter energy projects Wednesday, August 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain Time.

The easiest energy projects to complete are the ones you have the most control over. “Behind-the-meter” projects typically give you that control. This webinar will focus on the benefits and nuances of behind-the-meter projects and why they work.

Register now.

Netroots Nation Virtual Conference: August 13–15

The Netroots Nation 2020 conference will be held virtually August 13–15, 2020. On the first day of the event, the Office of Indian Energy’s Lizana Pierce will speak on the panel “Achieving Energy Sovereignty through Renewable Energy” along with representatives from GRID Alternatives, Native Renewables, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Learn more and register.

Office of Indian Energy Program Review Postponed

Due to the current COVID situation, DOE has made the difficult decision to postpone the Office of Indian Energy’s annual Program Review, which is typically held in the fall in Colorado. We will continue to monitor the situation and will explore the possibility of conducting the review in the spring of 2021.

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Indian Energy FOA Application Deadline Extended to August 27

On March 27, DOE announced up to $15 million in new funding to deploy energy technology on tribal lands. This funding through the DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs will support Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations, Intertribal Organizations, and Tribal Energy Development Organizations. Should tribes so choose to unleash their vast undeveloped energy resources, this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) would help support those communities.

The intended results of the projects selected under this FOA are to stabilize or reduce energy costs and increase energy security and resiliency for Indian Tribes and tribal members.

DOE is soliciting applications to install energy technology on tribal lands. Specifically, the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs is soliciting applications to:

  • Install energy generating systems and energy efficiency measures for tribal buildings;
  • Deploy community-scale energy generating systems or energy storage on tribal lands;
  • Install integrated energy systems for autonomous operation (independent of the traditional centralized electric power grid) to power a single facility or multiple essential tribal facilities during emergency situations or for tribal community resilience; or
  • Deploy energy infrastructure or integrated energy systems to electrify tribal buildings.

Applications may also be submitted on behalf of an Indian Tribe(s) by an authorized Tribal Organization, provided evidence of that authority is included as part of the application.

The application deadline has been extended to August 27, 2020. See the FOA for all eligibility requirements and how to apply.

Tribal Energy Development Capacity Grants—Apply by September 1

The U.S. Department of Interior’s Division of Energy and Mineral Development Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) is soliciting applications for the Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC) grant program.

TEDC will fund approximately 15 grants, ranging in value from approximately $10,000 to $1,000,000 to federally recognized American Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages and entities, and tribal energy resource development organizations to fund feasibility studies for the managerial, technical, and institutional capacity to develop energy resources and account for the resulting energy production and revenues.

Applications are due to IEED by September 1, 2020. Learn more and apply.

Native American Business Development Institute Grant—Apply by September 15

The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs is soliciting proposals from tribes for technical assistance funding to hire consultants to perform feasibility studies of economic development opportunities located in designated Opportunity Zones. These grants are also intended to fund applicants to obtain qualified guidance on how the development projects, businesses, or technologies they propose can attract investments from an Opportunity Fund. Learn more and apply.


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