Biomass Operator Training

A biomass operator training is being held in March 2018 on Prince of Wales Island.Training includes hands-on training includes start-up and shutdown, routine maintenance, and how to take a water sample.

The training is free and travel support is available from the State of Alaska Department of Labor. you must register by February 1st to obtain travel assistance.

For more information and to register contact Contact Karen Petersen at 907-401-3234 or email at

The training is organized by the Southeast Conference and the Alaska Energy Authority.



DOE Announces Intent to Issue New Funding Opportunity for Tribal Energy Infrastructure Development

The DOE announced a notice of intent to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement entitled Energy Infrastructure Deployment on Tribal lands.

The FOA will be issued by the end of January 2018.

Who will be eligible: Indian Tribes (including Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations) and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations.

What: The funding assistance will take the form of grants. The project duration should be between 1-3 years. This includes the required 12 months of energy savings verification period if the project falls in Area of Interest 1.

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Volkswagen Settlement Agreement for Indian Tribe Beneficiaries Webinar

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals is hosting a free hour long webinar Thursday, December 7, at 10 AM Alaska time. 

 Attendees will learn how tribes can access the $55 million settlement from Clean Air Act violations by VW. The webinar will cover a brief introduction to the settlement, specific documentation tribes must submit, resources for tribes to use, and a Q&A session.
Registration link for the webinar can be found here.

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High Cost Energy Grant – Application due Dec. 11, 2017

The High Cost Energy Grant is again available to rural communities with energy costs exceeding:

  • Electricity  $3,904 ($0.345 per kilowatt hour)
  • Fuel oil  $2,903 ($6.25 per gallon)
  • Total household energy $5,546 ($61.87 per million Btu)

The purpose of the grant is to provide assistance for communities most challenged by extremely high energy costs. To apply, visit

Paper applications must be postmarked and mailed, shipped, or sent overnight, no later than December 11, 2017.

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Energy Project Development Webinars

Take a look at the 2017 DOE Office of Indian Energy webinar series Expanding Tribal Energy Development Through Partnerships. Here are upcoming webinar topics:

December 13, 2017 – Economic Market Potential on Tribal Lands and Interactive Tools for Assessments

There are many benefits associated with tribes collaborating in the power industry. Attendees will learn about generation-transmission cooperatives and joint action agencies as potential business models to jointly own, procure, and build new transmission and power generation projects, as well as other partnership opportunities that can support tribal energy development and self-determination on tribal lands.

Here’s the full list of webinars.