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July 16, 2015
Indian Energy Blog Archive

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August 4, 2015
Wiehl family fish camp near Rampart Village. Photo by Sherry Stout, NREL.
Rampart Proactively Addresses Expansion Challenges with Strategic Energy Planning

As members of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy’s technical assistance team, Sherry Stout and Jared Temanson of DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently traveled to the Native village of Rampart, Alaska, to fulfill the Tribe’s request for technical assistance with strategic energy planning.

July 9, 2015
Antelope Canyon is a picturesque slot canyon near Chris Deschene's boyhood home in the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation. | <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/airflore/14931030891/in/photostream/">Photo courtesy of Flickr user Airflore.</a>
Q&A with Office of Indian Energy Director Chris Deschene

We interviewed new Office of Indian Energy Director Chris Deschene about his life, goals and years of experience working on tribal energy development.

June 30, 2015
Alaska Native Village to Become a Model for Sustainable Northern Communities

In the tiny Native village of Oscarville, Alaska, state and federal agencies are joining forces to tackle tough challenges that are endemic to rural Alaska: high energy costs, unemployment, the changing climate, deteriorating and inefficient housing, and lack of infrastructure, to name just a few.

June 17, 2015
Solar electric array on an off-grid Najavo home.
NPR Sheds Light on Tribal Energy Challenges and Clean, Affordable Solutions

NPR interviewed Sandra-Begay Campbell, a Navajo tribal member who manages the Tribal Energy Program at DOE’s Sandia National Laboratories, about the technical and financial barriers associated with running transmission lines to remote, sparsely populated areas of Indian reservations.

June 12, 2015
Six photovoltaic arrays generate 32 kilowatts of energy to power 20 units at the Akwesasne Housing Authority’s (AHA) Sunrise Acres housing complex on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation. Pictured from left to right are Paul Kabotie of Indigenous Collaboration, Inc., Rachel Sullivan of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Cecil Ransom of AHA, Sandra Begay-Campbell of Sandia National Laboratories, and Sheila Loran of AHA. Photo from Lesley Kabotie, Indigenous Collaboration, Inc.
St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Paves the Way to a Sustainable Future; Kicks Off Community Solar Initiative

Rachel Sullivan, Communications Lead for DOE Office of Indian Energy, writes about her experiences at the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe workshop.

June 2, 2015
Utility-scale wind turbines in Kodiak, Alaska. Photo from Kodiak Electric Association, NREL 16795.
Tribes Provide Input on 10-Year Plan for Renewable Energy in the Arctic Region

Featured article in the Alaska Energy Pioneer Summer 2015 newsletter.

June 2, 2015
The Shugnak power plant is one of nearly 30 rural utilities the RUS team is visiting in 2015. Photo from Alaska Center for Energy and Power, NREL 33697.
Resources and Opportunities: 2015 Rural Utilities Study Under Way

Featured article in the Alaska Energy Pioneer Summer 2015 newsletter.

June 2, 2015
Alaska Native villages and regional and village corporations are eligible for up to 40 hours of strategic energy planning and project development technical assistance designed to advance renewable energy projects. Photo from Intelligent Energy Systems, NREL 29205.
Alaska Energy in Action: Alaska Residents Tapping into Technical Assistance for Energy Projects

Feature article from the Summer 2015 edition of the Alaska Energy Pioneer.

June 1, 2015
Deputy Secretary Sherwood-Randall speaks to students and staff at the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program in Anchorage, Alaska. | Photo by the Energy Department.
Connecting with Alaska’s People and Power Resources

Deputy Secretary Sherwood-Randall recently traveled to Alaska, where she met with STEM students, toured an Arctic natural gas project, and met with other officials to discuss liquefied natural gas export projects.

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.

February 27, 2015
Blue Lake Rancheria’s Bold Action on the Climate Front Pays Dividends

Nestled in Northern California’s Mad River Valley between the coastal mountains and the Pacific Ocean, the Blue Lake Rancheria is bordered by great forests and the California Redwood trees. It’s a sacred and hard-won swath of land for the Tribe that calls it home, and preserving it for future generations is paramount.

February 19, 2015
The Rocky Mountain Youth Corps' Jasmine Ramero found a new career in weatherization with help from the Energy Department.| Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
How the Weatherization Assistance Program Changed Jasmine’s Life

Jasmine Ramero learned how to weatherize homes through a program supported by the Energy Department, as a member of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. She has distinguished herself and was honored as the National Corps Network's Corpsmember of the Year.

February 17, 2015
Video Highlights How Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe is Cutting Energy Costs

With the help of a U.S. Department of Energy grant and in partnership with the Clallam County Public Utility District, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe is saving money on their utility bills after installing ductless heat pumps in 42 tribal members’ homes.

February 17, 2015
White House Launches the Generation Indigenous Native Youth Challenge

On February 17, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz announced the launch of the Generation Indigenous Native Youth Challenge at the 2015 United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) Midyear Conference.

January 30, 2015
Former Tribal Energy Program Intern Guides Tribes Toward a More Sustainable Path

Suzanne Singer is working at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) as an Energy and Thermal Fluids Analyst where she has an ongoing project to produce Sankey diagrams to analyze energy data and life cycle flows on tribal lands. Applying the knowledge and insights she gained from her work at LLNL, her internship, and her science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, Singer is educating Tribes on how to use their own resources and land to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

January 22, 2015
Blue Lake Rancheria—Forging a Path toward Climate Resiliency

The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe is one of 16 communities selected as Climate Action Champions by the Obama Administration in December for exceptional work in response to climate change.

August 28, 2013
Thanks to the Energy Department's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, the city of Dallas has improved the efficiency of more than 200 city-owned buildings, saving $1 million a year in energy costs. | Photo courtesy of the City of Dallas.
Dallas: Building a Greener City

Learn how Dallas is becoming a leader in sustainability.

July 30, 2013
As a Laboratory Fellow at the Energy Department's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Pete McGrail and his team are working to develop a more efficient adsorption chiller that could help the Navy cut its fuel costs. | Photo courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
PNNL Helps the Navy Stay Cool and Conserve Fuel

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are developing a more efficient air conditioner that could help the U.S. military cut its fuel use.

July 29, 2013
Taking Battery Technology from the Lab to the Big City

A small New York City startup is hoping it has the next big solution in energy storage. A video documents what the company's breakthrough means for the future of grid-scale energy storage.

July 17, 2013
Pictured here is Michael Brambley in front of equipment that supplies chilled water to PNNL Building Diagnostics Laboratory's air handler. The cooled air from an air handler is distributed to terminal boxes, which are the last point for controlling air temperature and flow before distributing it throughout a building zone. In a new control strategy for commercial buildings, the terminal boxes would process the information collected by occupancy sensors to control the air handler's fan speed for energy savings. | Photo courtesy of Kristin Nolan, freelancer.
10 Questions for a Mechanical Engineer: Michael Brambley

As a researcher at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Dr. Michael Brambley is working to improve the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings. In this "10 Questions," learn how he is marrying engineering and computer technology to cut energy waste in commercial buildings.

July 16, 2013
General Leslie Groves and J. Robert Oppenheimer are pictured here at the Trinity Test site in New Mexico, 1945.
New Manhattan Project Resource Page Launched

On the 68th anniversary of the birth of the atomic age, read up on the history of the Manhattan Project through this new resource page.

July 9, 2013
Thanks to funding from the Energy Department's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, Ormond Beach was able to make energy efficiency upgrades to 16 city-owned buildings and is now saving more than $45,000 a year on its energy costs. | Photo courtesy of the City of Ormond Beach, Florida.
Ormond Beach Triples Energy Cost Savings Projections

With help from the Energy Department, a Florida city is saving energy and encouraging its residents to do the same.

June 25, 2013
Urban Electric Power Takes Energy Storage from Startup to Grid-Scale

Learn how a New York startup is trying to change the way we store energy.

June 18, 2013
With the help of Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition, Mammoth Cave National Park was the first National Park fleet to use 100 percent alternative fuel. The Global Electric Motorcar (pictured above) is used by park rangers who need to travel between the Mammoth Cave Campground and the Visitor Center area. | Photo courtesy of Victor Peek Photography.
Transitioning Kentucky Off Oil: An Interview with Clean Cities Coordinator Melissa Howell

As part of the blog series celebrating Clean Cities' 20th anniversary, we interviewed Clean Cities Coordinator Melissa Howell to learn how she is helping transition Kentucky off oil.

May 30, 2013
Waste hauler Enviro Express converted its fleet of heavy-duty trucks to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and built the first LNG station east of the Mississippi River with help from the Energy Department's Clean Cities initiative. | Photo courtesy of New Haven Clean Cities Coalition.
Clean Cities Moving Fleets Forward with Liquefied Natural Gas

Learn how local Clean Cities coalitions are helping companies save money on fuel costs and reduce their emissions by switching their fleets to run on liquefied natural gas.