Energy Project Development Webinars

Take a look at the 2017 Expanding Tribal Energy Development through Partnerships webinar series. Here are upcoming webinar topics:

July 26, 2017 Effective Tribal Project Partnerships

Attendees will hear about successful partnerships and how the successes can be replicated. We encourage tribal nations and energy industry professionals interested in expanding their energy resource options and increasing economic development and self-determination activities to attend.

August 30, 2017 Powering Your Community with Tribal Energy

Developing an energy project involves many different parties, including utilities, government agencies, developers, grid operators, and financing parties. Speakers will address the steps to developing a 1- to 2-megawatt energy project located on property owned or controlled by a tribe to serve the energy needs of the tribal community.

Here’s the full list of webinars.

Results – June Energy Survey

Thanks to everyone who responded to the June Energy Network Survey. We heard from a mixed group of network members – all were interested in doing energy efficiency upgrades to their home or business, and most had first-hand knowledge of other energy efficiency projects in their community. This information helps us as we put together plans to implement energy efficiency projects in regions and communities.

Here is what we asked and what we heard.

Please tell us why you’re interested in upgrades or not. What would make it worth your while to invest in energy efficiency?

For most, the interest in energy efficiency came from wanting to save money. To make it worthwhile, you want to see the reduction in energy use and the savings, which would cover the cost of the upgrades.

If you are interested in energy efficiency upgrades, has anything held you back from getting started? We’d like to hear about any barriers you are facing.

The most common response was the high upfront cost of making the energy efficiency upgrades, though a lack of contractors in the community able to do small projects was also mentioned.  Some respondents shared that they have made needed upgrades slowly as resources have been available.

Two Grant Opportunities – Apply in July

Due July 24: Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grants

USDA is accepting applications to provide technical assistance and/or training with respect to essential community facilities programs. Communities can use the grants to hire specialized personnel, pay for feasibility studies, retain consultants to prepare financial assistance applications and identify and plan for long-term community facility needs. The maximum grant is $150,000.

Eligible entities include public bodies, nonprofit organizations, and federally recognized tribes. The application deadline is July 24, 2017. For more information, contact Tasha Deardoff at (907) 761-2424

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Due July 25: Rural Community Development Initiative Grants

USDA is accepting applications to provide funding to help nonprofit housing and community development organizations support housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas.

Eligible entities include public bodies, nonprofit organizations, and federally recognized tribes. The application deadline is July 25, 2017. For more information, contact Tasha Deardoff at (907) 761-2424

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AK Energy Webinars

The U.S. Department of Energy and Alaska Energy Authority have created a Peer Exchange Network with webinars on financing and technology for energy projects in remote Alaska communities. The information is geared toward communities participating in the RACEE program but is available to all.

The monthly technical webinars will focus on a specific topic, with a technology introduction by a subject matter expert as well as a presentation by a community representative on the respective technology.

Webinar titles in blue have already taken place and may be watched by clicking on the title. More will be added as they become available. To find dates or register for an upcoming webinar, click here.

Presentations from Inter-Tribal Energy Training

The Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy held three required trainings for the Inter-Tribal grant recipients in March and April. Project Manager Laura Vaught attended the trainings on behalf of the project team. In order to make sure that all grant recipients have the same base energy knowledge, employees from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) presented on various energy technologies and topics. Note that some information presented is not applicable to Alaska, but these are still a great resource to use if you are looking to gain a better understanding of complex energy systems or a specific energy technology. For communities considering how to pay for a project, check out the presentation on Financing Options for Tribal Energy Projects!

Biomass Short Course
Energy Basics
Energy Efficiency Basics
Energy Storage 101
Energy System Siting
Energy System Sizing & Resiliency
Financing Options for Tribal Energy Projects
Geothermal Overview
Grid Integration of Distributed Energy Resources
Wind Energy: Basics & Applications

Energy Workshop – Thank you!

Thanks to all who attended the Energy Workshop. Here is Neil McMahon’s presentation on the Alaska Affordable Energy Strategy (AkAES) and model. AkAES is a strategic plan to improve the methods by which the State works with non-Railbelt communities and utilities to identify, evaluate, develop and maintain cost-effective energy solutions. The AkAES energy model provides Alaska with a community energy project evaluation tool that:

  • estimates and forecasts heating and electricity consumption by sector,
  • compares the ability of energy infrastructure project types (efficiency, renewable energy, fuel switching) to reduce the cost of energy in communities, and
  • determines the capital investment needed and the resulting energy savings to communities.
AkAES Energy Workshop Presentation

AK EnergySmart Video

Check out this new promo video on Energy Literacy and the AK EnergySmart program made for the Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) and Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC).

AK EnergySmart is a free curriculum resource that is owned by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation and designed to give Alaskan youth an understanding of the high economic and environmental costs of power generation and the importance of conserving energy at home and school.

Learn more about AK EnergySmart at:

Energy Workshop

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, Hotel Captain Cook Ballroom, Anchorage, AK


8:00  Registration & Light Breakfast
8:30  Opening and Welcome

SWAMC & Information Insights: Introduction
Givey Kochanowski: Update from DOE Office of Indian Energy
Jed Drolet: Update from the Alaska Energy Authority

9:00  Alaska Affordable Energy Strategy

Neil McMahon, Alaska Energy Authority

9:30  Break

9:40  Technical Advisor “Mixer” (for more details click “Continue reading” link)

12:00 Lunch (provided)

1:00   Southwest AK Energy Committee Meeting

Bruce Wright, Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA)
Stephanie Aikins, Bristol Bay Native Association (BBNA)
Tyler Kornelis, Kodiak Area Native Association (KANA)

3:15  End of Meeting

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Newsletters & Questionnaires

We will send a newsletter and questionnaire every other month. The newsletter will feature progress being made on energy projects around the region, challenges or lessons learned, and upcoming funding or workshop/training opportunities. The questionnaire will provide a means for us to engage with you and hear back from you with any energy-related concerns or requests.