In response to popular demand, the DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Tribal Energy Program, and Western Area Power Administration will continue their joint sponsorship of the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series in 2013. The DOE Office of Indian Energy will kick off this year’s schedule on January 30 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time with a webinar entitled Strategic Technical Response Team (START) and Online Education Program Update.
Presented by DOE Indian Energy START team members Elizabeth Doris and Alexander Dane of DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, this two-part webinar will introduce the DOE Office of Indian Energy’s comprehensive educational training program as well as present the latest available information on START activities in 2012.
The first part of the webinar will focus on the tribal renewable energy training curriculum available on the National Training & Education Resource website. The curriculum consists of foundational courses on renewable energy technologies and leadership and professional courses on the energy project development process and financing of renewable energy projects on tribal lands. Doris will present a summary of the program, including descriptions of the currently available courses and the planned rollout schedule.
The second part of the webinar will be dedicated to the START Program updates. Dane will present an overview of the 11 initial START projects, describing the types of technical assistance DOE and NREL has provided and the results of those efforts in addressing pressing energy challenges and advancing tribal energy projects. Dane will wrap up with an introduction to the second round of START, including an overview of the application timeline and requirements. In addition, Dane will discuss a new potential effort by the DOE Office of Indian Energy to launch an adjunct to the START program that would provide technical assistance to Tribes interested in developing tribal utility authorities. Interested Tribes will have an opportunity to complete a Request for Information form that will be available in the coming weeks.
At the end of the webinar, Doris and Dane will lead an interactive discussion in which participants will have an opportunity to ask questions about both highlighted programs.