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May 20, 2015
Craig Moore, Vice President of Planning and Development. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL 33444
Alaska Energy Champion: Craig Moore

The Alaska Energy Champions is a regular feature spotlighting pioneers of Alaska's new energy frontier.

April 28, 2015
NREL Report Shows Big Potential for the Future of Shared Solar

Demand for solar energy continues to increase, but not every home or office can have its own solar installation. Many are opting to "share" solar, owning or leasing part of a solar array, as described in a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

April 23, 2015
White House Highlights Climate Action Champions' Achievements

After a competitive application process, the Department of Energy designated 16 communities as Climate Action Champions, including two tribes: the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan) and the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe (California). These tribes were selected for their local leadership in climate mitigation and adaptation.

April 16, 2015
Sherry Stout presents at the Native Village Renewable Energy Project Development workshop in Dillingham, Alaska. Photo by Sherry Stout, NREL.
Alaska Energy Workshop Tour Creates Rich Opportunities for Knowledge Sharing

National Renewable Energy Laboratory engineer Sherry Stout wrote about her experience in Alaska for the Native Village Renewable Energy Project Development workshops hosted by the Office of Indian Energy.

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.