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March 11, 2015
Ruth Gilila and Norma Williams of Akiak Power Utilities.
Alaska Energy in Action: Akiak Reaps Benefits of PCE Technical Assistance

The State of Alaska’s Power Cost Equalization (PCE) Program is intended to “equalize” the cost of power for rural Alaskans through rate balancing that takes into account both the amount of funding spent on large energy infrastructure projects that benefit the urban “Railbelt” and Juneau electric utility customers and the procurement costs incurred by the 184 isolated diesel microgrid utilities scattered across rural Alaska.

March 11, 2015
Gary Williams, Tribal Administrator for the Organized Village of Kake, Jay Peltz, Peltz Power solar installer, and Dave Pelunis-Messier are finishing up the racking for a dual axis tracking array installed in Kake, Alaska, in 2012.
Alaska Energy Champion: David Pelunis-Messier

Spotlight on David Pelunis-Messier, Alaska Energy Champion.

March 5, 2015
Update from the Director: David Conrad

We wrapped up 2014 with an outstanding dialogue between DOE Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz and the tribal leaders of our DOE-sponsored energy working groups. Also at the end of the year, the new Under Secretary for Science and Energy, Dr. Franklin Orr, was sworn in to oversee several offices within DOE, including the DOE Office of Indian Energy.

March 2, 2015
Photos by Sherry Stout, NREL
Exploring Energy Options for Rural Alaska

In mid-February, I had the opportunity to attend the Alaska Forum on the Environment in Anchorage, Alaska. The conference was attended by over 1,500 people and included a film festival, poster sessions, keynote speeches, and dozens of presentations.

February 27, 2015
A tribal member practices setting up and operating a blower door during an energy audit training at the tribal sports arena, Chi-Mukwa. Photo from Kathie Brosemer, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, NREL 32756
Winning the Future: Sault Ste. Marie Earns National Recognition for Holistic Energy Vision

Spread over a vast area of the Upper Great Lakes, members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians live mainly in the seven easternmost counties of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Overall, they have nine housing sites, five casinos, and seven health centers.

February 27, 2015
Jana Ganion is the Energy Director for the Blue Lake Rancheria.
Leading the Charge: Jana Ganion Advances Blue Lake Rancheria’s Climate Action Agenda

Change doesn’t happen on its own. It’s led by dedicated and passionate people who are committed to empowering Indian Country to energize future generations. Leading the Charge is a regular feature spotlighting the movers and shakers in energy development on tribal lands.

February 27, 2015
Blue Lake Rancheria’s Bold Action on the Climate Front Pays Dividends

Nestled in Northern California’s Mad River Valley between the coastal mountains and the Pacific Ocean, the Blue Lake Rancheria is bordered by great forests and the California Redwood trees. It’s a sacred and hard-won swath of land for the Tribe that calls it home, and preserving it for future generations is paramount.

February 19, 2015
The Rocky Mountain Youth Corps' Jasmine Ramero found a new career in weatherization with help from the Energy Department.| Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
How the Weatherization Assistance Program Changed Jasmine’s Life

Jasmine Ramero learned how to weatherize homes through a program supported by the Energy Department, as a member of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. She has distinguished herself and was honored as the National Corps Network's Corpsmember of the Year.

February 17, 2015
Video Highlights How Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe is Cutting Energy Costs

With the help of a U.S. Department of Energy grant and in partnership with the Clallam County Public Utility District, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe is saving money on their utility bills after installing ductless heat pumps in 42 tribal members’ homes.

February 17, 2015
White House Launches the Generation Indigenous Native Youth Challenge

On February 17, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz announced the launch of the Generation Indigenous Native Youth Challenge at the 2015 United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) Midyear Conference.