DOE to Support 16 Clean Energy Projects in Tribal Communities; Christopher Deschene Comments

DOEThe Energy Department will allocate more than $9 million in funds to support 16 clean energy projects in 24 Alaska Native and American Indian communities in an effort to reduce carbon emissions.

The projects include the installation of solar photovoltaic, natural gas, marine hydrokinetic power and wind turbine systems and implementation of energy efficiency retrofits at water treatment plants, DOE said Tuesday.

Organizations and tribes will share approximately $16 million in total costs to fund the projects in addition to DOE’s $9 million investment.

“By providing tribal communities and Alaska Native villages with knowledge, skills, and resources, we hope to help tribal communities harness their local indigenous renewable energy resources, reduce their energy costs, create jobs, and help implement successful strategic energy solutions,” said Christopher Deschene, director of the office of Indian energy policy and programs at DOE.

Recipients include:

  • Akwesasne Housing Authority, New York
  • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Alaska
  • Alaska Village Electric Cooperative/Pitka’s Point Native Corp. Renewable Energy Joint Venture, Alaska
  • Bishop Paiute Tribe, California
  • Chippewa Cree Tribe, Montana
  • False Pass Tribal Council, Alaska
  • Hughes Village Council, Alaska
  • Little Big Horn College, Montana
  • NANA Regional Corp., Alaska
  • Northern Pueblos Housing Authority on behalf of Picuris Pueblo, New Mexico
  • Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, Michigan
  • Rosebud Sioux Tribe Utility Commission, South Dakota
  • San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians, California
  • Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians, California
  • Sokaogon Chippewa Community – Mole Lake Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Wisconsin
  • White Earth Reservation Tribal Council, Minnesota

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