Partner Message: News, Events, and Opportunities for Tribes from the Department of Energy

News

DOE Announces Intent to Release $13 Million to Support Community Geothermal Projects

Expected Funding Opportunity Will Facilitate Community-Scale Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems That Can Cut Emissions, Reduce Energy Burden, Boost Resilience

Heating and cooling represent significant energy needs for U.S. homes and businesses, with heating accounting for more than half of U.S. home energy use.

To help reduce the impact on household budgets and cut fossil fuel dependence for American communities, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) intends to issue the Community Geothermal Heating and Cooling Design and Deployment Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

Geothermal district heating and cooling systems use geothermal energy to provide climate control to buildings, including residences and businesses, through an underground distribution network. Such systems are relatively common outside the United States but have a comparably small presence domestically.

The intended FOA will support community coalitions with workforce, design/analysis, and deployment expertise to help communities implement technology that can:

  • Reduce energy burden and fossil fuel dependence
  • Increase grid resilience and stability
  • Improve environmental quality.

The initiative also encourages innovative approaches to community-scale heating and cooling.

The FOA is expected to support specific community-scale objectives regarding district heating and cooling systems in urban, suburban, rural, remote, or islanded communities.

For more information about this potential opportunity, read the full NOI.

Events

May 23–24: Arizona Clean Hydrogen Workshop

Hosted by Northern Arizona University, this two-day workshop convenes stakeholders and shares best practices across the essential technical, commercial, and financial aspects of a sustainable clean hydrogen energy transition in Arizona and beyond. The workshop will help create a common base of knowledge about the utilization of clean hydrogen and its demand as a byproduct of wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources.

This workshop is an excellent opportunity for collaboration among all levels of governmental, private sector, academic, and other associated professional organizations.

Register now.

May 23–26: RES 2022

Presented by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, Reservation Economic Summit (RES) 2022 is a multifaceted event that offers unparalleled access to respected tribal leaders, members of Congress, federal agency representatives, state and local elected officials, and top CEOs on a national platform.

This year’s event, themed “Be the Change,” is the summit to attend in 2022 if you’re looking for high-caliber networking, teaming opportunities, and business development sessions focused on building bridges of opportunity with and for the American Indian Enterprise.

The Office of Indian Energy will host a number of sessions at RES, and our staff will be available to answer your questions at booth 418. Please stop by to meet our team and learn about how the Office is working to empower Native communities to transition to a clean energy future. Learn more in our recent blog.

Register now.

May 24–26: Alaska Sustainable Energy Conference

Alaska Center for Energy and Power will host the Alaska Sustainable Energy Conference, a three-day event co-sponsored by DOE, to share ideas and information about Alaska’s energy future and the intersection of economic development, long-term sustainability, and energy independence.

Please stop by the DOE Office of Indian Energy booth, meet Alaska staff, and learn how the Office may be able to help your community transition to a clean energy future.

Register for the conference now.

Technical Assistance and Funding Opportunities

Request for Information to Support Enhanced Geothermal Systems Pilot Demonstration Projects—Respond by May 13

DOE issued a request for information (RFI) to support $84 million in enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) pilot demonstration projects included in President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

The legislation authorizes DOE to support four competitively selected pilot projects that demonstrate EGS in different types of geology. The demonstration projects will provide valuable information about EGS in the field and help spur further growth of geothermal energy—which has the potential to be a critical source of abundant, always-available, zero-carbon energy and represents an opportunity for fossil communities to maintain economic stability by transitioning to clean energy generation.

Responses to the RFI must be submitted via email to BIL_EGSPilotDemos@ee.doe.gov by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on May 13, 2022.

Solicitation of Public Comment on Draft Implementation Guidance Pertaining to the Extended Product System Rebate Program and Energy Efficient Transformer Rebate Program—Respond by May 27

The DOE Manufacturing and Supply Chains Office invites public comment on its draft guidance on implementing sections 1005, extended product system rebate program, and 1006, energy efficient transformer rebate program of the Energy Act of 2020. These draft guidance documents describe how DOE plans to structure and implement these two rebate programs, which the BIL authorizes.

DOE is soliciting feedback on proposed definitions, the eligibility criteria and window, incentive payment calculations, and other issues. Public responses to this notice of availability will help DOE design programs to achieve the goals and priorities established under the BIL. DOE especially encourages feedback from owners of industrial or manufacturing facilities, commercial or multifamily residential buildings, utilities, and energy service companies, although all public responses will be heard and considered.

Learn more and comment.

Grid Resilience State/Tribal Formula Grant Program RFI—Respond by June 2

On April 27, 2022, DOE issued a request for information (RFI) seeking input on the structure of the approximately $2.3 billion formula grant program to strengthen and modernize America’s power grid against wildfires, extreme weather, and other natural disasters exacerbated by the climate crisis.

Established by President Biden’s BIL and administered through DOE’s new Building a Better Grid Initiative, the program will provide grants based on a formula that includes, among other things, population size, land area, probability and severity of disruptive events, and a locality’s historical expenditures on mitigation efforts.

The RFI seeks feedback from States and Tribal Nations to inform DOE’s structuring of the formula grants. Specifically, DOE is seeking input on anticipated application challenges, technical assistance support, and other critical data sources.

DOE is requesting feedback on the formula grant program Notice of Intent, draft application and award requirements, and draft award formula allocation. DOE held a public webinar to provide an overview of the Grid Resilience Formula Grant Program on May 5, 2022—slides and a recording of that webinar, as well as other relevant resources, will be posted here.

Comments must be received by June 2 and can be submitted by emailing 40101formulagrants@hq.doe.gov.

Be sure to check the Office of Indian Energy website regularly to keep abreast of the many other upcoming events and funding opportunities of relevance to tribal communities.

Regards,
Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs
1000 Independence Ave. SW | Washington DC 20585

For more information on the Office of Indian Energy, visit our website.

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