Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz recently announced the availability of up to $7 million to establish an inter-tribal technical assistance energy providers’ network to assist Indian tribes and Alaska Native communities regionally.
Under this initial pilot, the DOE Office of Indian Energy is seeking applications from Inter-tribal Organizations and Alaska Native Regional Corporations interested in establishing internal energy experts to provide technical energy assistance and informational resources to their member Indian tribes, including Alaska Native villages.
As part of these inter-tribal regional programs, it is envisioned that energy experts would:
- Coordinate energy solutions among participating Indian Tribes (including Alaska Native villages) within the region;
- Deliver technical assistance to participating Indian Tribes (including Alaska Native villages) within the region;
- Build the human capacity of participating Indian Tribes (including Alaska Native villages) by providing information to tribal leaders and staff through workshops or webinars;
- Serve as an information clearinghouse for participating Indian Tribes (including Alaska Native villages);
- Network with regional and national energy organizations;
- Advise DOE’s Office of Indian Energy on the energy goals and needs within their region; and Enhance DOE’s technical assistance network across Indian Country.
DOE anticipates making awards that range from $300,000 to $1,000,000 for the entire period of performance of 3–5 years. After that time it is expected that the Inter-tribal technical assistance energy provider will be financially sufficient and can continue these efforts without further DOE support.
Applications are due by April 14, 2016.
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