The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Alaska Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program assists Alaska Native corporations and federally recognized Alaska Native governments with accelerating clean energy projects.
Alaska START is a competitive technical assistance opportunity aimed at:
- 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—consisting of DOE, its national laboratories, and other local and national experts—helps rural Alaska Native communities develop strategic energy plans to help mitigate the impacts of climate change, conduct energy awareness and training programs, and pursue new renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities.
The Office of Indian Energy also provides technical assistance to tribes through START's 48 Contiguous States Program.