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October 21, 2016
Announcing 7 Communities That Will Lead the Climate Fight in Alaska

Remote Alaska Communities Energy Efficiency Competition helps communities implement energy solutions that can be replicated throughout rural Alaska and potentially other Arctic regions.

August 15, 2016
The Energy Department's Weatherization Assistance Program services every political subdivision in the country through a network of 59 grantees: 50 states, the District of Columbia, five U.S. territories, and three select Native American tribes.
Celebrating 40 Years of America’s Weatherization Assistance Program

The Energy Department is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Weatherization Assistance Program, which has retrofitted more than 7 million homes across the U.S. and has led the nation in advancing technology, research, and applied scientific practices to make homes energy efficient.

July 19, 2016
Expanding the Tribal Role in Carrying Out a Critical Mission in Indian Country

I’m driven by a critical mission: to maximize the development and deployment of energy solutions for the benefit of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Our blueprint for fulfilling this mission has three programmatic pillars: Deployment, Innovation, and Policy. They’re equally important, but in this blog post I’m going to focus on the Deployment Program.

July 15, 2016
Colton Heaps, NREL Project Leader, leads a discussion during the Ute Mountain Ute Youth Energy Workshop held on July 6, 2016, at the Ute Mountain Recreation Center. Photo by Josh Bauer, NREL.
Biomass Adventures and More: Ute Mountain Ute Youth Energy Day

Environmental Engineering Intern Rachael Boothe from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on hand during the Ute Mountain Ute Youth Energy Workshop held on July 6 at the Ute Mountain Recreation Center.

July 6, 2016
This Government Brochure Is Something to Brag About

Some people may find it hard to get excited about a brochure. But an informative outreach piece can be a very powerful tool. That's why I'm excited to announce the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy’s program overview brochure recently received a prestigious Award for Publication Excellence, also known as an APEX Award.

June 23, 2016
During the Office of Indian Energy’s System Advisor Model Training June 7–8 at Northern Arizona University, attendees had the opportunity to input, model, and analyze real data to make more informed decisions about renewable energy projects. Photo by Sherry Stout, NREL
Finance and Performance Model Training Helps Tribes with Energy Project Decision Making

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy hosted a System Advisor Model (SAM) Training at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, Arizona. We were excited to be on NAU’s campus and work in collaboration with their Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, which seeks to strengthen tribal capacity.

June 6, 2016
Alaska possesses great natural beauty, but also has some of the most expensive energy costs in the United States. The Energy Department is helping many Alaskan communities adopt more sustainable energy strategies to alleviate high energy costs.
Alaskan Community Efficiency Champions Compete for Funds to Implement Energy Reduction Plans

Thirteen Native Alaska villages thirteen are developing unique plans to reduce per capita energy consumption 15% by 2020 with technical assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy. This is a $4 million effort by remote Alaskan communities to adopt sustainable energy strategies and thereby help alleviate high energy costs.

June 3, 2016
Many homes in Alaska such as this one under construction are using energy much more efficiently as a result of financial support from the Energy Department to the state.  Photo courtesy Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. (AHFC)
Energy Department Helps Alaska Develop Energy Retrofit Programs

Support from the Energy Department’s State Energy Program (SEP), is helping Alaska building managers and facility owners understand best practices for energy efficiency retrofits and retro-commissioning, and tools for monitoring and improving energy use in remote villages.

May 23, 2016
Students pose in front of Buckland’s 10.53-kW solar system used to power the village’s new water plant. Photo from Alison Jech, Buckland School.
Buckland Students Explore Ways to Address Rural Alaska Energy Challenges

Last month, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, I had the privilege of taking my students from the Buckland School to the Alaska Rural Energy Conference in Fairbanks. Students presented to conference attendees and watched presentations from national, regional, state, and local energy experts that tied into the clean energy issues they are studying as part of the Alaska Humanities Forum Sister School Exchange program.

May 10, 2016
Indian Energy Beat Spring/Summer 2016—Message from the Director

Dear Friends,

The Office of Indian Energy is proud to stand behind the visionary leadership exemplified by the American Indian and Alaska Native communities recently selected to receive U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding and technical assistance for a diverse array of energy projects.