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Nov. 16, 2021

Upcoming Indian Country News and Events-Program Review, ArcticX, and LEAD Tool


November 15–18: 2021 Office of Indian Energy Virtual Program Review


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Virtual Program Review continues through this Thursday, November 18, 2021. This year’s event is being presented via webinar so attendees and presenters can remain safe and join remotely.

Through focused presentations over the next three days, we will continue to hear from Indian tribes and Alaska Native communities as they highlight successes and share information on tribal energy projects.

It’s not too late to join! Register for the remaining sessions by visiting the 2021 Program Review web page.

November 17: ArcticX—North to the Future of Energy

Join the DOE Office of Technology Transitions and the Arctic Energy Office tomorrow for ArcticX—an InnovationXLab series exploring the Arctic’s largely untapped potential to serve as a living laboratory of clean energy innovation.

The ArcticX series will kick off with a virtual panel discussion on Wednesday, November 17 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Alaska Time. Tomorrow’s webinar is the first of four virtual events in the series, culminating with an in-person InnovationXLab in Alaska in May.

Learn more about ArcticX and register for the kickoff on the ArcticX web page.

November 30: LEAD Tool for Tribes Webinar

LEAD tool

Join the Office of Indian Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for an informational webinar on the Low-Income Energy Affordability Data (LEAD) Tool on November 30, 2021, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Designed to allow stakeholders to understand housing energy characteristics, the LEAD Tool now includes tribal jurisdictions and data. This webinar will provide an overview of the LEAD Tool and demonstrate how LEAD charts, graphs, and data can be used to make data-driven decisions when planning for energy goals.

Register now.

Funding Opportunities

Geothermal Collegiate CompetitionEnter by November 18 

Shape the future of geothermal and register for our Geothermal Technologies Office’s 2022 Geothermal Collegiate Competition. The competition challenges college and university teams to design and propose geothermal heating and cooling systems for deployment in actual communities, driven by real-world needs and challenges. Students will gain experience working with geothermal uses and benefits, collaborate with community leaders, and compete to earn a cash prize and national recognition.

Learn more and register.

Indian Housing Block Grant Competitive Grant Program—Apply by December 1

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is accepting applications from eligible Indian Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities to carry out affordable housing activities for the benefit of low-income Native American families.

In accordance with the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act, HUD will prioritize grant applications for projects that will spur housing construction and rehabilitation. Grant funds, which must be used to primarily benefit low-income Indian families, may be used to develop, maintain, and operate affordable housing in safe and healthy environments on Indian reservations and other Indian areas.

Learn more and apply.

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.


Preview Some Success Stories Tribes Will Share During the Program Review


To promote this year’s Program Review, we’ve compiled a sampling of our recent blogs celebrating some of the tribal energy successes achieved over the past year.

From the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska stepping up its solar strategy to the Bad River Band building a resilient new microgrid to the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe persevering toward solar success—our latest blog highlights some of the stories project leaders will be sharing during their Program Review presentations this week.

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