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Announcements 2014

Find out about events and news of interest to those who live and work in Indian country, including upcoming training, conferences, workshops and the latest TribalAIR news.

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July through December 2014


07/24/2014

EPA Funds Environmental Health Research for Tribal Communities

WASHINGTON – To identify and reduce tribal health risks associated with climate change, indoor wood smoke exposure, environmental asthma, waterborne diseases, and other unique tribal concerns, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding tribal environmental health research grants to six groups, including universities and tribes.

“We're working together to help tribal communities combat the threats from climate change, and reduce environmental and public health risks,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “After more than a decade of funding this research, which addresses the unique needs of American Indian and Alaska Native communities, we have important data, tools, products and knowledge available to help communities determine a path forward to take action on climate change."

EPA funds research focused on tribal communities through the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program. Because many tribes rely on natural resources, it is essential for tribal-focused research to identify possible environmental health risks and the most efficient methods of avoiding or addressing these risks.

Over the last decade, EPA grants have helped tribes make significant progress in addressing health risks. For example, the funding has resulted in the creation of fish advisory maps that have helped various tribal fishing communities avoid mercury and other contaminant-laden fish. The funding has also caused Washington and Oregon to revise their water-quality standards to offer greater protection. In addition, a library of resources in the Mohawk language was created to enhance education about toxic substances and empower the community to protect the health of its citizens.

For additional examples of outcomes from the Tribal Environmental Health grants, view the Tribal Synthesis Report: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/tribalresearch/news/results-impacts.pdf

The six grants total about $5 million. The recipients are:

More information about the grants awarded:
http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/index.cfm/fuseaction/recipients.display/rfa_id/569/records_per_page/ALL

For more information on Tribal Environmental Health Research: http://epa.gov/ncer/tribalresearch/

Information on the American Indian Environmental Office Tribal portal: http://www.epa.gov/tribalportal/


07/22/2014

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Upcoming Workshops and Webinars for Tribes

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE's) Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share information on our summer workshops and webinars for tribes.

Workshops

Make plans to attend one or more of the following DOE workshops this summer! For more information or to register, visit the links below.

Commercial-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop

July 29–31, 2014
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Golden, Colorado

Registration and Lodging

There is no cost to attend this workshop, but participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs.Online registration is now closed; however, those wishing to attend may still register by emailing tribalworkshops@nrel.gov.

Be sure to book your lodging soon! The closest hotel to NREL, the Denver West Marriott, has reserved a block of rooms for workshop attendees; however, room availability and the discounted group rate of $156/night were only guaranteed through July 14, 2014. To inquire about availability and make reservations, call Marriott Reservations directly at 1-800-228-9290 or 303-279-9100 and ask for the group name “NREL Indian Energy Workshop.”

Tribal Energy by Design: Developing an Energy Road Map for North Central Montana

Aug. 19–20, 2014
Blackfeet Community College
Browning, Montana

Registration and Lodging

A registration fee of $50 per person covers all forum sessions, materials, and lunch on August 19. Register now.

The Holiday Inn Express, 50 Museum Loop, in Browning, is offering workshop attendees a discounted nightly rate of $109 plus tax. through July 27, 2014. After this date we will be unable to guarantee room rate or availability. Please call hotel directly at 406-338-2400, and mention event "DOE tribal energy workshop" to receive the group discount.

Community- and Facility-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop

Aug. 26–28, 2014
Mystic Lake Hotel
Prior Lake, Minnesota

Registration and Lodging

Advance registration for the workshop is requested by Aug. 12, 2014. Register online. A block of rooms is available at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel at a discounted rate of $99 per night through August 4, 2014. After this date we will be unable to guarantee room rate or availability. To make reservations, call 954-445-9000 or 800-813-7349 and ask for the “NREL Tribal Energy Program Workshop,” or visit the hotel website and enter "1408NREL" in the Group Code field.

Webinars

In addition to sponsoring two more tribal renewable energy series webinars this summer, the Tribal Energy Program is hosting an informational webinar on the new tribal funding opportunity announced this week. Learn more at the links below, and register today!

DOE Tribal Renewable Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Project Implementation and Operations & Maintenance

Aug. 8, 2014
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mountain time

Sponsored by the DOE Tribal Energy Program, Office of Indian Energy, and Western Area Power Administration, this webinar will focus on Project Implementation and Operations and Maintenance (O&M)—the last two steps of a framework developed for successful tribal energy project development. Attendees will learn about project management, reporting, monitoring, and commissioning. The webinar will also cover project agreements, vendor contracting process, preconstruction tasks, and equipment installation. Presenters will stress the importance of developing a long-term O&M plan, establishing a maintenance schedule, replacing worn or disabled equipment, establishing and enhancing an effective and motivated O&M staff, evaluating warranty agreements and extensions, and budgeting for O&M.

There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is required. Register now.

Note: This webinar was originally scheduled for July 30. If you already registered, you do not need to re-register. The same log-in information can be used for the Aug. 8 webinar.

Tribal Energy Program Funding Opportunity Webinar: Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Indian Lands (DE-FOA-0001021)

Aug. 14, 2014
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mountain time

The Energy Department has announced the availability of up to $7 million to deploy clean energy and energy efficiency projects in tribal communities, reducing reliance on fossil fuel and promoting economic development. Under this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), the Tribal Energy Program, in cooperation with the department's Office of Indian Energy, will help Native American tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia to install community- or facility-scale clean energy and energy efficiency projects. The FOA is soliciting applications under two topic areas:

1.Tribal Building Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Retrofits (Topic Area 1)

2.Community-Scale Clean Energy Deployment (Topic Area 2).

The full funding announcement is available via EERE's Exchange website and the Tribal Energy Program website. For those interested in learning more, DOE will be hosting a webinar highlighting essential details about the application process, including:

Register for the webinar.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

System Requirements

PC-based attendees:
Required: Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac-based attendees:
Required: Mac OS X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees:
Required: iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Android tablet

Tribal Renewable Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Sandia Modeling Tool

Sept. 10, 2014
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Mountain time

Sponsored by the DOE Tribal Energy Program, Office of Indian Energy, and Western Area Power Administration, this webinar is a new addition to the 2014 Tribal Renewable Energy Series. Attendees will learn what collaborative, stakeholder-driven modeling is, how the models developed have been and could be used, and how specifically this process and resulting models might be utilized in Indian Country. Presenters will explain the process by which a collaborative model is constructed and vetted with stakeholders; present real and theoretical case studies, with the theoretical case studies focused on potential applications for tribes; and outline the tangible deliverables that collaborators and stakeholders can expect to walk away with. Attendees will learn what will be expected of a tribe engaging in the collaborative process so that the tribe can realize the greatest benefit. Register for the webinar.

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For a complete listing of upcoming events that may be of interest to tribes, please visit our events calendar.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.


07/17/2014

DOE Tribal Energy Program

DOE Issues FOA for Tribal Clean Energy Development

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to announce the availability of up to $7 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to accelerate clean energy development on tribal lands. For more information, read the Progress Alert or follow the link below to view the complete funding opportunity announcement (FOA):

Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Indian Lands (DE-FOA-0001021)
Submittal deadline: October 2, 2014.

Through this funding opportunity, the Tribal Energy Program, in cooperation with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, will help Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia:

(1) Install clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings, and

(2) Deploy clean energy systems on a community scale.

Please note that only applications submitted through the EERE Exchange website will be considered. Any questions related to the FOA should be sent via email to tribal@ee.doe.gov.

Informational Webinar: Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Indian Lands (DE-FOA-0001021)

Date: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
Time: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Mountain time

For those interested in learning more about this FOA, DOE will be hosting a webinar highlighting essential details about the application process, including:

Register for the webinar.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

System Requirements:

PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

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The Energy Department’s Tribal Energy Program promotes tribal energy sufficiency and fosters economic development and employment on tribal lands through the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The program, which has invested $41.8 million in 175 tribal clean energy projects since 2002, provides financial and technical assistance to tribes for the evaluation and development of their renewable energy resources, implementation of energy efficiency to reduce energy use, and education and training to help build the knowledge and skills essential for sustainable energy projects. Learn more about the Tribal Energy Program.

For a complete listing of current funding opportunities that may be of interest to tribes, please visit our Related Funding Opportunities page.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

 


07/16/2014

Brownfields in Your Backyard: Tribal Opportunities, July 31, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

Brownfields in Your Backyard: Tribal Opportunities, a webinar, will be available free to all interested parties! As part of the Environmental Management and Planning for Tribal Professionals Module, a FREE webinar is being offered to provide an introduction to tribal brownfields with an emphasis on US EPA 104 (k) ARC Grants. What are brownfields? Who is currently using brownfields grant money? How can you tap into this funding?

Presented by:
Dale Mitchell, Brownfields Program Coordinator, Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Tribe
Amy Jean McKeown, Brownfields Project Officer, United States Environmental Protection Agency
Rich Campbell, Geologist, Campbell Environmental Group

Please register for Brownfields in Your Backyard: Tribal Opportunities, scheduled on Jul 31, 2014 10:00am-11:30am PDT at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5001328009856610305 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Priority for the question/answer period of this webinar will be given to participants registered for the Environmental Management and Planning for Tribal Professionals Module. Questions will be opened up to the larger audience if time allows.

Register by Thursday, July 17 to attend the entire two-week training module: Environmental Management and Planning for Tribal Professionals (additional details below). Registration for this module and other Tribal Environmental Management and Planning modules are available at www.nau.edu/Professional/Registration-Fees.

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Native American Environmental Management Training

Boost your professional credentials:
Earn 0.5 to 4.0 continuing education units (CEUs) with Northern Arizona University and the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals' new online courses.

The first two courses (and their individual modules) provide unique, tribally focused, and applied instruction for environmental professionals.

Northern Arizona University (NAU) and the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) are pleased to offer professional development training to new and seasoned professionals through applied online courses.

Tribal Environmental Management and Planning $750
July 7 – August 31, 2014

Tribal Water Resources Management $750
September 1 – October 26, 2014

The first two courses (and their individual modules) will be offered by NAU faculty, Native American legal experts, and tribal instructors with support from Northern Arizona University’s College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences and the Applied Indigenous Studies program. The courses provide unique, tribally focused, and applied instruction to environmental professionals.

A team consisting of NAU faculty, Native American legal experts, and experienced tribal environmental professionals have developed the content of the courses. This team of experts will guide lesson plans and offer valuable knowledge and insight into current tribal environmental policy, technical, and management issues.

More courses are being developed, so remember to check back periodically for new course additions!

REGISTER NOW

NAU Professional and Continuing Education>
www.nau.edu/professional
Professional@nau.edu
Jennifer Williams: 928-523-0673


07/15/2014

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

Nearly $113 million in funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

In addition, please visit the calendar of 2014 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.

Special Announcement: DOE Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement for Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has released a notification of intent to issue a funding opportunity announcement for the Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands Program. The program aims to promote tribal energy sufficiency and spur increased deployment of clean energy and energy efficiency projects on Indian lands.

For more information, visit the notice of intent.

EPA Local Foods, Local Places Grant - $650,000

EPA is soliciting proposals for the Local Foods, Local Places program to boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses, foster entrepreneurship, and improve access to healthy local food, particularly among disadvantaged groups with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Additionally, the program aims to revitalize downtowns, main street districts, and traditional neighborhoods by supporting farmers’ markets, food hubs, community gardens, community kitchens, and other kinds of local food enterprises, and provide people with affordable choices for accessing those amenities, such as walking, biking, or taking transit.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

DHS Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program Grant - $63 million

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is making available grants to implement and sustain cost-effective measures designed to reduce the risk to individuals and property from natural hazards, while also reducing reliance on federal funding from future disasters. The grant program will prioritize the development and updating of hazard mitigation plans, as well as cost-effective hazard mitigation projects that do not duplicate other hazard mitigation grant programs.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

USDA Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities Grant - $7 million

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting proposals for projects that assist communities with extremely high energy costs. Funds may be used to acquire, construct, or improve energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities serving communities with average annual residential expenditure for home energy exceeding 275 percent of the national average. Eligible project also include on-grid and off-grid renewable projects, implementation of energy efficiency, and energy conservation projects.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA National Clean Diesel Funding Tribal Assistance Program - $1 million

EPA is soliciting proposals for tribal projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating in areas designated by the Administrator as poor air quality areas. Eligible diesel emission reduction solutions include verified emission control technologies such as exhaust controls, cleaner fuels, and engine upgrades, verified idle reduction technologies, verified aerodynamic technologies and low rolling resistance tires, certified engine repowers, and/or certified vehicle or equipment replacement.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

DOI Tribal Energy and Mineral Development Grant - $11 million

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is making available funds for projects that assess, evaluate, or otherwise promote the processing, use, or development of energy and mineral resources on Indian lands. Eligible energy projects considered include conventional energy, minerals, and renewable energy projects of various scales, including community scale or industrial scale projects.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA Air, Climate, and Energy Centers: Science Supporting Solutions - $30 million

EPA is seeking proposals to support research on the development of sound science to inform state and local policy makers regarding the development of approaches to enable effective implementation of air pollution control strategies to achieve the greatest public health benefits by reducing exposure to harmful air pollution. Research areas include enhancing understanding of spatial and temporal differences in individual pollutants and advancing scientific knowledge and tools needed to develop strategies for air pollution control, including strategies that address climate change preparedness.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program LogoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

New Funding Opportunities and Upcoming Workshops for Tribes

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE's) Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share new information on a forthcoming funding opportunity for tribes and a recently announced funding opportunity for Alaska Native villages. We also want to remind our subscribers that the advance registration and hotel reservation deadlines for the tribal renewable energy project development and financing workshops in Minnesota and Colorado are approaching. Don't miss the opportunity to attend one of these FREE workshops near you! Register today and reserve a spot!

Funding Opportunities

EERE has extended the anticipated date of its forthcoming funding opportunity announcement (FOA) from June 20 to July 15. In addition, the Alaska Renewable Energy Fund issued a new FOA on July 2. Read more in the articles below.

EERE Plans to Issue FOA for Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Indian Lands on July 15

The Tribal Energy Program, in coordination with DOE's Office of Indian Energy, will be continuing its efforts to promote tribal energy sufficiency and to spur increased deployment of clean energy and energy efficiency on Indian lands. In support of these goals, EERE intends to solicit applications from Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia to: (1) install clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings; and (2) deploy clean energy systems on a community scale. EERE has modified its original notice of intent to issue an FOA, changing the anticipated date of the announcement from June 20, 2014, to July 15, 2014. For more information, see the modified notice of intent.To be notified when the FOA is issued, please subscribe to the Tribal Energy Program’s email list.

Alaska Renewable Energy Fund Solicits Grant Applications for Renewable Energy Projects

Applications Due: Sept. 22, 2014
Eligible Entities: To be eligible for a grant recommendation the applicant must demonstrate formal approval and endorsement of its project by its governing authority (such as board of directors or executive management if it does not have a governing board) and be one of the following: an electric utility, an independent power producer, a local government, or a governmental entity, which includes tribal councils and housing authorities.

The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) is soliciting competitive applications from qualified applicants for the purpose of recommending grants for renewable energy projects to be funded by the Alaska State Legislature. For more information, see the request for applications.

Upcoming Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshops

Don’t miss the opportunity to reserve your spot and receive the group discounts on lodging for the upcoming tribal renewable energy project development workshops in Colorado and Minnesota. Hosted by the DOE Tribal Energy Program and the DOE Office of Indian Energy with support from DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), these workshops are designed for elected tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff interested in gaining knowledge and confidence to develop community-, facility-, and commercial-scale renewable energy projects.

For more information or to register, see the Tribal Energy Program website at the links below.

1) Commercial-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop
July 29-31, 2014
National Renewable Energy Laboratory Golden, CO

Registration deadline: July 15, 2014
Hotel reservation deadline: July 14, 2014. The Denver West Marriott is offering workshop attendees a discounted rate of $156/night through July 14, 2014. After this date we will be unable to guarantee room rate or availability. Book online or call Marriott Reservations directly at 1-800-228-9290 or 303-279-9100 and ask for the group name “NREL Indian Energy Workshop.”

2) Community-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop
Aug. 26-28, 2014
Mystic Lake Hotel
Prior Lake, MN

Registration deadline: Aug. 12, 2014
Hotel reservation deadline: Aug. 4, 2014. A block of rooms is available at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel at a discounted rate of $99 per night through August 4, 2014. After this date we will be unable to guarantee room rate or availability. To make reservations, call 954-445-9000 or 800-813-7349 and ask for the “NREL Tribal Energy Program Workshop,” or visit the hotel website and enter "1408NREL" in the Group Code field.

In preparation for these workshops, we ask that attendees review the "Foundational Topics" course material on the National Training & Education Resource website.

Registration and Lodging
There is no cost to attend these workshops, but advance registration is requested. Participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs.

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For a complete listing of upcoming events and current funding opportunities that are of interest to tribes, please visit our events calendar and our funding opportunities listing.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.


07/02/2014

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

This message provides details about six upcoming webcasts offered by the federal agencies and others. All webcasts are offered free of charge, but space may be limited.
ENERGY STAR Webcasts

DOE Webcasts

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

July 17, 2:00-3:15 PM (EDT) – Financing Energy Efficient Upgrades with ENERGY STAR

Learn how public sector organizations are improving energy efficiency with innovative solutions to financial barriers. Attendees will learn about financing projects in the public and private sectors, the basics of performance contracting, and how EPA’s tools and resources can help you make the decision to improve your facilities now or later.

Register

July 24, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Green Power

Portfolio Manager "Office Hours" is a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA in an open forum. In 2014, Office Hours will be held once a month. We will plan to spend the first 20-30 minutes of each session discussing a specific focus topic. The remaining hour will be used to answer any questions you have about Portfolio Manager (not limited to the focus topic).

Register

July 29, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 101

Join us as we introduce and demonstrate the core functionality of EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool. Attendees will learn how to: navigate the new Portfolio Manager; add a property and enter details about it; enter energy and water consumption data; share properties; generate performance reports to assess progress; and respond to data requests.

Register

July 30, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 201

Continue to learn about EPA’s new ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: managing and tracking changes to your property uses over time; using spreadsheet templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; generating and using custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.

Register

July 31, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR

Join us to learn about applying for ENERGY STAR Certification in Portfolio Manager. Understand the value of the ENERGY STAR certification, see the step-by-step process of applying, and gain tips to help your property get from application to award.

Register

DOE Webcasts

July 30, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MDT) - Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Project Implementation and O & M

Attendees will become familiar with the last two steps of the five steps of the Energy Project Framework: project implementation (step #4) and Operations and Maintenance (step #5). Information on project management, reporting, monitoring, and commissioning will be provided. Other topics discussed include project agreements, vendor contracting process, preconstruction tasks, and equipment installation. The importance of developing a long-term Operations and Maintenance (O&M) plan, establishing a maintenance schedule, replacing worn or disabled equipment, establishing and enhancing an effective and motivated O&M staff, evaluating warranty agreements and extensions, and budgeting for operation and maintenance will be stressed.

Register

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program LogoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

To subscribe to or unsubscribe from this newsletter, go to the Newsletters page.

 

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

July 2014 – Funding Opportunities and New Resource for Tribes

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following funding opportunities and a new online resource that may be of interest to tribes.

Funding Opportunities

Up to $8 million in funding is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including developing and improving energy efficiency, sustainable communities, and fuel efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below. 
Note that the Tribal Energy Program has added a new feature on its website highlighting hundreds of millions of dollars in funding opportunities available to tribes at a glance. Be sure to check the funding opportunities list frequently for the most complete and up-to-date listing of funding opportunities available to state, local, and tribal governments.

USDA Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities Grant – $7 Million

Applications Due: Aug. 1, 2014
Eligible Entities: For-profit entities; educational institutions; nonprofits; state, county, and local governments; tribes; public housing authorities; school districts; small businesses; individuals; and federal agencies
The USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) announces the availability of up to $7 million in FY 2014 for competitive grants to assist communities with extremely high energy costs. The grant funds may be used to acquire, construct, or improve energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities serving communities with average annual residential expenditure for home energy exceeding 275% of the national average. On-grid and off-grid renewable energy projects and energy efficiency and energy conservation projects are also eligible. Grant funds may not be used for the preparation of the grant application or for payment of utility bills, fuel purchases, routine maintenance, or other routine operating costs, or for the purchase of any equipment, structures, or real estate not directly associated with provision of community energy services.
For details on eligibility and application requirements, the criteria that will be used by RUS to award funding, and information on how to obtain application materials, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA State Bulk Fuel Revolving Fund Grant – $1 Million

Applications Due: Aug. 1, 2014
Eligible Entities: state governments
The USDA RUS announces the availability of up to $1 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 for competitive grants to state entities to establish and support a revolving fund to provide a more cost-effective means of purchasing fuel where the fuel cannot be shipped by means of surface transportation. To be eligible under this program, the state entity must have been in existence on Nov. 9, 2000. The revolving fund supported by grant funds must be used to facilitate cost-effective fuel purchases for persons, communities, and businesses in eligible areas.
For details on eligibility and application requirements, the criteria that will be used by RUS to award funding, and information on how to obtain application materials, see the funding opportunity description.

New Online Tool Provides State and Local Data for Tribal Energy Planning
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), with help from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has launched a new website that provides state and local decision makers easy access to a wealth of energy data specific to their location. The resources and data provided can be used to support strategic energy planning processes and deployment of clean energy projects. 

By entering a city and state or ZIP code into the State and Local Energy Data (SLED) online tool, users can see how their current electricity prices compare to the state and national averages, learn about applicable policies and incentives that could affect clean energy projects in their state, find available renewable energy resources, get details on alternative transportation fuel costs, and much more—all in one location. SLED, which replaces the Community Renewable Energy Deployment Project Development tool, aggregates data from a wide variety of sources, includi ng the Energy Information Administration, the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, the EERE Alternative Fuels Data Center, and NREL. 
Watch the SLED video for an overview of the tool as well as an example of how the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, anticipates leveraging it for future planning efforts.

Regards,
DOE Tribal Energy Program
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401
tribal@go.doe.gov

For more information on the Tribal Energy Program and our Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development, visit our website.

 

 

 


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