The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy’s Alaska Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program assists Alaska Native corporations and federally recognized Alaska Native governments with accelerating clean energy projects. View a list of START projects.
Alaska START is a competitive technical assistance opportunity aimed at achieving the following goals:
- Reducing the cost and use of energy for rural Alaska consumers and communities
- Increasing local capacity, energy efficiency, and conservation through training and public education
- Increasing renewable energy deployment and financing opportunities for communities and utilities.
The START team, which consists of DOE and the Denali Commission, along with DOE’s national laboratories and other local and national experts, assists rural Alaska Native communities in developing strategic energy plans to help mitigate the impacts of climate change, conducting energy awareness and training programs, and pursuing new renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities.
The START Program is largely supported by funds appropriated to the DOE Office of Indian Energy and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy under Title V of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Title V directs and authorizes the Energy Department to provide technical assistance services to “Indian Tribes,” which are defined in Section 2601 of the Act to mean "any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians." Only Alaska Native village or village corporation applicants meeting these criteria will be considered.
The DOE Office of Indian Energy also provides technical assistance to Tribes through the START Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance Program.