The DOE Office of Indian Energy is currently reviewing applications for the third round of the Alaska Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program to assist Alaska Native corporations and federally recognized Alaska Native governments with accelerating clean energy projects. Applications were due February 6, 2015, and selections will be made in March or April.
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.
Through Alaska START, DOE and the Denali Commission, along with DOE’s National Laboratories and other local and national experts, will assist rural Alaska Native communities in developing strategic energy plans to help mitigate climate change, conducting energy awareness and training programs, and pursuing new renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities.
It is anticipated that up to five (5) Alaska Native communities will be selected from the applicant pool to receive START technical assistance. Alaska Native village and village corporations interested in applying for this technical assistance opportunity will be selected based on their ability to:
- Demonstrate achievable energy or cost savings
- Implement renewable energy or energy efficiency project(s)
- Develop an energy roadmap and establish an energy goal
- Ensure commitment from community leadership
- Participate in DOE- or other agency-sponsored technical assistance, trainings, or workshops
- Identify a local climate action energy champion.
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 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.
Timeline for Selection and Technical Assistance
- Application Deadline: February 6, 2015 (midnight Eastern Time)
- Review Period: February – March 2015
- Date of Notification: March – April 2015
- Initial Conferences (via telephone and email): April – May 2015
- Period of Technical Assistance: April 2015 – April 2018