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1 December 2021

Welcome to December!

Everyone here at the Midwest Tribal Energy Resources Association  wishes you a happy holiday season! MTERA is a non-profit intertribal organization comprised of Midwest Tribes. We are planning and pursuing innovative Tribal energy projects that respect the sovereignty and unique culture of individual Member Tribes, while leveraging the collective strength and resources of all Midwest Tribes.

MTERA is proud to announce that as of November 16th, we are one Member Tribe bigger. We are so happy to welcome the Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Tribe and their appointed representative Kathie Brosemer. We look forward to collaborating and helping with your ongoing energy journey! Read the full announcement on our blog page.

Additionally, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan recently filmed and produced a video showcasing how they built their own substation and created the SCIT Tribal Electric Authority! Take 5 minutes and watch their journey below!

From energy audits, creating strategic energy plans, feasibility studies, to supporting projects like the one here, MTERA is so happy to help Tribes achieve greater energy sovereignty. To learn more or become a Member Tribe or Associate Member, check out MTERA’s home on the web!

Upcoming Events

Tribal Community-Scale Solar, Solutions for Climate & Community Resilience

6 December 2021

11:30 – 2:00 pm CST

For Tribal nations seeking to build or expand solar energy development at any scale, this virtual workshop will cover planning, feasibility, system design, interconnectivity, economics regulatory requirements, and more. Hosted by Blue Lake Rancheria and funded by DOE SETO.
Register

Accelerating the Clean Energy Transition in this Decisive Decade—Reasons to be Hopeful

7 December 2021

12 noon CST

During this discussion, RMI CEO Jules Kortenhorst will be talking with three emerging leaders at RMI who are directing key global initiatives.
Register

Utility-Scale Solar Development on Tribal Lands8 December 2021

12 – 2 pm CST

Hosted by the U.S. DOE Office of Indian Energy, this webinar focuses on the process of development utility-scale solar PV on Tribal lands by examining process and including lessons learned from successful projects to date.
Register

Renewable Energy & Sustainability Conference

22-24 February 2022

The 4th Annual Seminole Tribe of Florida Renewable Energy and Sustainability Conference will focus on the newly changing landscape for Tribal energy development and sustainability.
Register

Funding Agency: Dept. of Energy

Energy Storage for Social Equity (ES4SE) Initiative

Deadline: 3 December 2021, 7 pm CST

Application Form

The Energy Storage for Social Equity (ES4SE) Initiative, a program by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Sandia National Laboratories, is designed to empower urban, rural, and tribal disadvantaged communities to consider energy storage technologies and applications as a viable path towards community prosperity, well-being, and resilience. The primary goal is to support disadvantaged communities affected by unreliable and expensive energy systems. Through this program, eligible communities have access to direct non-financial technical assistance and potential support for new energy storage project development and deployment.

Communities Local Energy Action Program (LEAP)

Deadline: 17 December 2021

Informational Document

Funding Agency: Dept. of Energy

A new pilot initiative to support communities currently experiencing either direct environmental justice impacts, or direct economic impacts from a shift away from historical reliance on fossil fuels. Applicants must register to apply for this opportunity.

Policy

1 H.R. 3684, The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs | Tribal Provisions
Linked above, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Tribal Provisions include $3 billion over 5 years for the Tribal Transportation Program, resources for grid infrastructure and resilience, clean energy technology, energy efficiency and building infrastructure, $3.5 billion for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), and more.

To read the complete Tribal Provisions, click the bolded, red header above. More detailed information to come!
Energy in the News

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What Can We Learn from Indigenous Communities about Microgrids?

Microgrid Knowledge | 22 Nov 2021

To maximize solar performance, start thinking long term

Solar Power World | 23 Nov 2021

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