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Dec. 01, 2021

David Conrad New Deputy Director, Energy Champion Sara Drescher, Utility-Scale Solar Development Webinar, and More Indian Country News


David Conrad Announced as Deputy Director for the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs


Announced at the 2021 Office of Indian Energy Virtual Program Review, David F. Conrad now serves as the deputy director for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs.

Learn more about Mr. Conrad’s background and experience on our website.

Indian Energy Champion: Sara Drescher

In our latest Energy Champion blog, we spoke with Sara Drescher, Environmental and Energy Senior Attorney with the Forest County Potawatomi Community (FCPC). Read about her role in advancing FCPC’s energy vision and the advice she would give to other tribes seeking increased community energy resilience in our latest blog.

Sarah Drescher


December 6: Tribal Community-Scale Solar: Solutions for Climate & Community Resilience

For tribal nations seeking to build or expand solar energy development at any scale, this virtual workshop will cover all the bases, from planning and feasibility to system design and interconnectivity to economics and regulatory requirements.

The webinar will bring together tribal leaders, staffs, and community members with tribal energy experts, strategic partners, and businesses. Join them from 9:30 a.m. to noon Pacific Time for knowledge sharing, dialogue, and opportunities for one-on-one follow-up consulting.

Hosted by Blue Lake Rancheria and funded by the DOE Solar Technologies Office, this follow-on to the October workshop on the same topics will feature case studies of tribal solar deployments and offer a deeper dive into technical details and workforce development strategies.

RSVP/register now.

December 8: Utility-Scale Solar Development on Tribal Lands

Developing utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects can be a lengthy and complex process—and to date, only a few utility-scale projects have been built on tribal lands. This webinar will explore what goes into utility-scale solar development, including lessons learned from tribes who have successfully completed these larger-scale projects. Join the webinar on Wednesday, December 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain Time.

Hosted by DOE Office of Indian Energy, this webinar will be the last of the 2021 Tribal Energy Webinar Series, focusing on how tribes can improve community resilience, foster economic development, and support environmental stewardship.

Register now.

Funding Opportunities

Energy Storage for Social Equity Technical Assistance Program—Apply by December 3

Through the Energy Storage for Social Equity (ES4SE) Initiative, tribal communities can apply for technical assistance and potential support for new energy storage project development and deployment. The program provides the information, tools, and resources communities need to evaluate whether energy storage technologies and other infrastructure can address or mitigate their energy system challenges and meet their needs.

DOE will select up to 15 disadvantaged communities affected by unreliable and expensive energy systems to receive direct nonfinancial technical assistance from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Sandia National Laboratories. PNNL is available to support applicants in filling out the online application form.

Learn more and apply.

Communities LEAP—Apply by December 17

DOE’s Communities Local Energy Action Program (LEAP) pilot initiative partners with communities across the nation to build community-driven action plans for clean energy related economic development.

Through Communities LEAP, DOE will provide support from the top experts in clean energy and economic development to 24 to 36 competitively selected communities while they develop action plans for clean energy transitions. This opportunity is specifically open to low-income, energy-burdened communities that are also experiencing environmental justice concerns, or direct economic impacts resulting in a shift away from historical reliance on fossil fuels.

Learn more and apply.

Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs
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