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5/22/2013
Nearly $490 Million in Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments
The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Reliability (EERE) is pleased to forward the following information
2013-0522_Funding_News.pdf

1/23/2013
Top 15 Clean Energy Accomplishments in 2012
2013-0102_Top 15 Clean Energy Accomplishments in 2012.pdf (75K)

9/25/2012
Opportunities for commercial building owners and/or operators interested in energy efficiency
The Division of Economic Development announced September 10th 2012 a loan Commercial Alternative Energy and Conservation loan program. Attached are loan information documents including an application. http://commerce.alaska.gov/ded/fin/ae.cfml

The other opportunity is REAP’s Great Alaska Energy Challenge, a contest to amongst buildings to see who can lower energy use the most. http://www.akenergyefficiency.org/energychallenge
2012-0925_Alternative Energy Application.pdf (501K)
2012-0925_Alternative Energy Conservation Loan Fund for AIDEA.pdf (219K)
2012-0925_Alternative Energy Conservation Loan Fund.pdf (360K)

9/20/2012
AVEC pitches electric grid for rural Alaska
Mary Lochner | Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2012 5:13 pm
The president and CEO of Alaska Village Electric Cooperative says it's time Northwest Alaska got its own regional electric grid.

"Rural Alaskans pay a lot more for energy and use much less than residents of hub communities," AVEC head Meera Kohler told trade publication Electric Co-op Today. "The poorest Alaskan households spend up to 47 percent of their income on energy, more than five times their urban neighbors."

Her pitch? Build a high-voltage grid that would deliver electricity generated from natural gas in Prudhoe Bay to communities and industrial projects throughout Northwest Alaska. The grid would span 860 miles and cost an estimated $4 billion. Interties to the transmission line from communities would cost less than $400,000 per mile.

In addition to cutting energy costs for families who rely on diesel-generated electricity, the grid could boost industrial development in Northwest Alaska by providing lower-coast energy to businesses. And, it could provide a local market for North Slope natural gas.

"We are taking our message across the state and are picking up support from experts in many walks of life," Kohler said. "It is simply unacceptable that the most energy-rich state in the union is unable to deliver affordable energy to so many of its citizens and businesses."

9/20/2012
A Green Checklist for the Environmentally Savvy Individual
The Fun Times Guide (8/23/12) Environmental degradation is ever present, as a result of past careless decisions, and it's time that we each take personal responsibility for our part in how to counteract this. Contrary to what many may believe, incorporating green savvy practices into your lifestyle does not have to be complicated or expensive, as there are a variety of simple ways to increase your efforts.Click here to view the "Green Checklist" and see how you can help.
http://green.thefuntimesguide.com/2012/08/green-checklist.php?utm_source=feed&utm_campaign=rss-more&utm_medium=rss

8/28/2012
New Resource Helps Alaska Homebuyers Make Energy Efficient Choices
Home Energy Efficiency Checklist and longer Consumer Guide to EE Standards, developed by the Building Codes Assistance Project with support from CCHRC and AHFC. These documents are useful new tools for residential energy efficiency.
2012-0828_AHFC_BCAP_PR.pdf (348K)
2012-0828_Consumer_Checklist_Alaska.pdf (711K)
2012-0828_Consumer_Long_Guide_Alaska.pdf (7MB)

7/10/2012
Energy Efficiency Brings Big Savings to Alaskan Homeowners
Ever wonder how much you can actually save by making your home more energy efficient? Well here's your answer! Last month the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) and the Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC) released a report on the state's Home Energy Rebate Program. All in all, the program is saving people money, creating jobs, and significantly cutting down on our energy usage. Here are a few highlights from the report...

Since 2008, the State of Alaska has spent roughly $110 million on the Home Energy Rebate Program.
Approximately 16,500 homeowners - 10 percent of all Alaskan homeowners - have participated in the program.
The state's contributions to the program have resulted in over 1,300 jobs for Alaskan workers.
Alaskans are already saving about $22 million a year on heating bills due to the rebate program. Retrofitted homes saw an average 26 percent decrease in heating costs.
Homeowners are expected to recoup their expenses in approximately three and a half years.

Check out the rest of the report here.
http://www.iser.uaa.alaska.edu/Publications/2012_05_16-HERP.pdf

7/10/2012
Upcoming Tribal Training
The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), is pleased to announce the following tribal training opportunities and the upcoming 2012 Program Review. No registration fee is being charged for these events, but advance registration is highly recommended.

National Trainings
The EERE Tribal Energy Program is offering the following courses to help tribal leaders and staff members understand the range of energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that exist within their communities. The trainings will also cover project development and financing for clean energy projects. Don't miss the opportunity to learn from other Tribes about their efforts to deploy clean energy technologies on their reservations.
Check the Tribal Energy Program website for more details as they become available.

Renewable Energy & Efficiency for Tribal Community Development
August 7-9, 2012
Forest County Potawatomi Bingo Casino
1721 West Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233

5/21/2012
2012 Alaska Congressional Delegation Grants Symposium
On May 30,2012, Sen. Begich, Sen. Murkowski, and Rep. Young will host a Grants Symposium at the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage. Grants Symposium attendees will have the opportunity to meet and visit with representatives from federal agencies offering grants and loans.
http://begich.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=2012-alaska-congressional-delegation-grants-symposium

5/9/2012
Information Resources and Funding Opportunities for Tribes
The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following information on information resources and tools, funding opportunities, upcoming events, and webinars. Information courtesy of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) Office of Native American Programs (ONAP), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
2012-0508_Funding_Opportunities_for_Tribes.pdf (185K)

5/3/2012
Energy Resource Library
The Office of Indian Energy resource library provides links to helpful resources for Tribes on energy project development and financing in Indian Country. The library includes links to more than 85 topically relevant publications, websites, videos, and more produced by the Office of Indian Energy and external organizations. The resources are specifically focused on energy topics that help promote Indian tribal energy development, efficiency, and use.
http://energy.gov/indianenergy/energy-resource-library

4/29/2012
Pew Releases Clean Energy Investment Report
According to a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the United States led the world in clean energy investment in 2011 with a total investment of $48 billion. China, which led in 2010, invested $45.5 billion in 2011. Globally, overall financial backing in clean energy technologies hit a record $263 billion, up 6.5 percent from 2010 levels. Looking forward to 2012, the report states "the U.S. clean energy sector will be hard-pressed to sustain 2011's record levels with the expiration of Treasury grants, the Department of Energy's loan guarantee programs, and other stimulus initiatives."

4/23/2012
EPA Clean Diesel News
EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) opened a grant competition on April 20, 2012, to solicit proposals for the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program funded through the Diesel Emissions Reduction (DERA) program. The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is approximately $20 million. The Request for Proposal (RFP) is posted here and on www.grants.gov. The NCDC website contains more information regarding clean diesel technologies, past awarded projects, and helpful tips.
The RFP will be open for approximately 45 days, closing on June 4, 2012. EPA plans to award funding through this competition in the Fall, 2012.

This RFP has been updated from the most recent competition, so applicants are encouraged to carefully review the RFP to ensure a thorough understanding of eligible projects and technologies.

There will be three Q&A Webinars to be held on April 24, 25 and 26. Please visit the NCDC website for more information. All questions and/or inquiries regarding this RFP should be submitted in writing to CleanDiesel@epa.gov, or call 1-877-NCDC-FACTS.

www.epa.gov/cleandiesel
E-mail: cleandiesel@epa.gov
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4/20/2012
Upcoming Opportunities for Tribes
April 19, 2012
The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to forward the following information on job openings, upcoming webinars, and funding opportunities. Information courtesy of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) Office of Native American Programs (ONAP), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Upcoming_Opportunities_for_Tribes.pdf (210K)

4/10/2012
Tribal Leaders Consultation on HUD's Native Housing Needs Study
HUD will be conducting a series of consultations between HUD officials and tribal leaders on the agency's study, Assessment of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs (Housing Needs Study). During this consultation, tribal leaders will have an opportunity to comment on the scope and design of the pending study.
The Northwest Regional Consultation is scheduled for Thursday, May 24, 2012, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, OR. The consultation is scheduled in conjunction with the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians mid-year meeting.
Please visit http://www.huduser.org/portal/consultations/ to register.
2012 Dates: April 27AlaskaAnchorage, AK

3/12/2012
Tribal Energy Program, Funding and Internship/Training Opportunities
2012-0312_Federal_Register_Vol76_No243_121911.pdf (79K)
2012-0312_Funding and Internship.pdf (327K)
2012-0312_WAPA_Student+Trainee+MR.pdf (101K)

2/24/2012
U.S. DOE Office of Indian Energy Fact Sheet and Indian Energy Beat Newsletter (Winter 2012)
2012-0224_53746_DOE-IE Fact Sheet.pdf (853K)
2012-0224_53869_DOE-IE Newsletter_Winter 2012.pdf (1.05M)

2/17/2012
Alaska Senators Propose Energy Relief Plan
Bipartisan Effort Utilizes Portion of State Surplus to Help Alaska Families Cope with High Energy Prices
2012-0217_Thomas_Energy_Relief_Plan.pdf (374K)

2/17/2012
Tribal Energy Program Funding
Approximately $1.5 Billion in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments
2012-0217_TEPAnnouncement.pdf (304K)

2/17/2012
Alaska Energy Authority Launches 2012 Energy Audit
Program is Geared Toward Energy Efficiency in Private Commercial Sector

2012-0216_AEA Launches_2012_Commercial_Energy_Program.pdf (267K)

2/15/2012
Michael Pawlyn: Using nature's genius in architecture
How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature. At TEDSalon in London, Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun. 13.47 Minutes.
http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_pawlyn_using_nature_s_genius_in_architecture.html?source=facebook#.TztqUbJ1lDV.facebook

12/21/2011
DOI Grant Opportunity to Assess, Evaluate, and Promote Development of Tribal Energy and Mineral Resources
Due Date: March 16, 2012
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Tribal Energy Program is pleased to provide information on the U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI's) grant opportunity for tribal energy and mineral development.

The Energy and Mineral Development Program (EMDP) provides funding to Indian tribes with the mission goal of assessing, evaluating, and promoting energy and mineral resources on Indian trust lands for the economic benefit of Indian mineral owners. To achieve this goal, DOI's Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), through its Division of Energy and Mineral Development (DEMD) office, is soliciting proposals from tribes. The department will use a competitive evaluation process to select several proposed projects to receive an award.
GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT: See the attached Federal Register announcement.

DEADLINE: Submit grant proposals on or before March 16, 2012. Proposals received after this date will not be considered.

APPLICATION: Submitting your proposal electronically is highly recommended this year. You may e-mail your proposal to Amanda John or Amber Beckham.
2011-1221_Federal_Register_Vol76_No243_121911.pdf (81K)

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