DOE announced on January 19 the start of two new initiatives to promote tribal energy development and continue strengthening the partnership between DOE and tribal nations. Up to $10 million will be available this year through DOE's Tribal Energy Program to support the evaluation, development, and deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on tribal lands. The projects will help save energy and money, expand the use of renewable energy resources, and promote economic development for tribal communities. And DOE's Tribal Summit with American Indian and Alaska Native leaders will be held May 5, 2011 in Washington, D.C. The DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs will work closely with the DOE Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs to reach out to tribal leaders in the design of the summit.
The funds will support three project areas: first steps and capacity building, energy efficiency development and deployment, and renewable energy development and deployment. 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. 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. See the DOE press release , the full funding opportunity announcements , a list of the Tribal Energy Program opportunities , and the Tribal Energy Program Web site.