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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


08/21/2014

 

DOE Tribal Energy Program

DOE Modifies Tribal Funding Opportunity; Informational Webinar Posted Online

The DOE Tribal Energy Program, in conjunction with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, is accepting applications for up to $7 million in funding to accelerate clean energy development on tribal lands. Through this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), DOE is soliciting applications under two topic areas:

Since the initial FOA on July 17, 2014, DOE has issued two modifications to its solicitation. Visit the EERE Exchange website to view the modifications.

An informational webinar on the FOA was held Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain time. The webinar highlighted essential details about the FOA application process, including:

For those who were not able to attend the live webinar, the presentation slides and a video of the webinar are available on the Tribal Energy Program website.

To view the complete FOA, visit the funding opportunity 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.

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REMINDER: EPA Clean Air Act Rulemaking and Permitting Training for Environmental Justice Communities

August 27-28, 2014 (9:00a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET)
Bethel Baptist Church, 3200 28th Avenue
North Birmingham, AL 35207

You will learn the:

Due to limited seating, registration is on a first come, first-served basis. Register at http://cfpub.epa.gov/oarweb/ejcall/PermittingTraining/

For more information contact: Lena (Vickey) Epps-Price via phone: (919) 541-5573 or email: epps-price.lena@epa.gov.

Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


08/15/2014

 

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

New Resources

Award Opportunities

Webcasts & Trainings

• Webcast: Preliminary Site Selection and Comparison for Utility-Scale PV

New Resources

Presentations from EPA Climate Showcase Communities Replication Workshop Now Available

In April 2014, EPA hosted the first Climate Showcase Communities Replication Workshop in Baltimore, Maryland. The workshop highlighted successful local and tribal government climate and energy projects and programs that can be replicated in communities across the United States. Local government staff gave presentations that shared best practices, tools, and resources that can be used to catalyze similar actions in other communities. To learn more about the projects, visit the Workshop Presentations page.

Video Overview: EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan to Reduce Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants

EPA’s Acting Assistant Administrator of the Office of Air and Radiation Janet McCabe introduces a video overview of EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. Watch the video.

New Online Tool Provides State and Local Energy Data at Your Fingertips

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, 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 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 with 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 including the Energy Information Administration, the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, the 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 anticipates leveraging it for future planning efforts.

Award Opportunities

EPA’s 2015 Climate Leadership Awards Application Period Now Open Until September 12, 2014

The 2015 Climate Leadership Awards application period is now open until September 12, 2014. The national awards program recognizes and incentivizes exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change. Since inception in 2012, awards have been presented to 5 individuals and 56 organizations from across the United States who are leading the way in the management and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions—both in internal operations and throughout the supply chain. Now in its fourth year, the awards continue to honor and highlight leadership in addressing climate change by reducing carbon pollution and implementing adaptation planning initiatives.

The U.S. EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership co-sponsors the Climate Leadership Awards with three NGO partners: the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), and The Climate Registry. By showcasing and recognizing voluntary action on climate and energy under a unified banner, award sponsors aresending a strong signal that innovative, sustainable leadership and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are critical to addressing climate change.
The six recognition categories include:

The 2015 award winners will be publicly recognized during the Climate Leadership Awards Dinner in early 2015, held in conjunction with the annual Climate Leadership Conference. For more information, please visit the Climate Leadership Awards website.

Applications for EPA’s Clean Air Excellence Awards Now Being Accepted

EPA is now accepting applications for the 2015 Clean Air Excellence Awards Program. Through this program, EPA recognizes and honors individuals and organizations whose efforts have helped to make progress in achieving cleaner air. The award recipients are selected for developing innovative, replicable, and sustainable programs; serving as pioneers in their fields; and improving air quality either directly or indirectly through reduced emissions of criteria pollutants, hazardous air pollutants, and/or greenhouse gases.

The five awards categories are (1) Clean Air Technology, (2) Community Action, (3) Education/Outreach, (4) Regulatory/Policy Innovations, and (5) Trnsportation Efficiency Innovations. In addition, the Clean Air Excellence Award Program will recognize two special award categories: (1) The Gregg Cooke Visionary Program Award, honoring a former EPA regional administrator, is given to the air quality project or program that successfully blends two or more of the existing awards categories; and (2) The Thomas W. Zosel Outstanding Individual Achievement Award, honoring a former member of the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee and environmental leader at 3M, recognizes one individual for their outstanding achievement, leadership, and lasting commitment to promote clean air and achieve better air quality.

Award applications and more information are available on the Clean Air Excellence Awards website. Applications must be emailed or postmarked by September 12, 2014. Applicants are strongly encouraged to send their entries electronically to Jeneva Craig. EPA will also accept hard copies of applications mailed to Jeneva Craig, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air and Radiation, 6103A, Room 5442L, 1200 Pennsylvania, Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20460. EPA will announce winners in 2015.

Webcasts & Trainings

Webcast: Preliminary Site Selection and Comparison for Utility-Scale PV

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, this webcast on Wednesday, August 20 (4-5 pm EDT) will demonstrate SunShot’s newly released software to improve preliminary site screening and comparison for utility-scale PV projects. Register to attend the webcast.

Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy Training on Resilience and Climate Change

The Institute for Sustainable Communities has a Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy, a peer-learning, training and technical assistance program designed to help communities advance, accelerate and scale-up local solutions to the global challenges of climate protection and sustainable development. As part of that program, two upcoming trainings are focused on community resilience and climate change:

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals Climate Change Training

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) provides training, assistance, and educational resources to tribes on environmental issues, including climate change. Courses are taught by instructional teams that include staff from ITEP, federal agencies, universities, organizations, and tribes themselves. Several upcoming trainings on climate change adaptation will take place in September and October. To learn more, visit ITEP’s Climate Change page.

Other Updates

New Report:Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Five Years of Learning from Communities and Coordinating Federal Investments

In celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Transporation (DOT), and EPA have released “Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Five Years of Learning from Communities and Coordinating Federal Investments.” The report shows how the three agencies are changing their policies and removing barriers to help communities provide more housing choices, make transportation systems more efficient and reliable, and create vibrant neighborhoods while protecting the environment.

Since 2009, the Partnership for Sustainable Communities has been working to ensure that HUD, DOT, EPA and other federal agency investments better serve communities. Through the Partnership’s efforts, more than $4 billion in grants and technical assistance has been awarded to 1,000 communities in all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. Communities are using this assistance to plan economic development and leverage private and other public resources to maximize the Partnership’s investments. Information on grants, technical assistance, upcoming webinars, tools, and a variety of other resources to assist communities are available on the Partnership website.

Center for Neighborhood Technology Launches “Rain Ready” Initiative

The Center for Neighborhood Technology, a Chicago-based nonprofit with expertise in water management and urban flooding, has launched a new resource to help individuals, businesses, and communities find solutions to the problem of too much or too little water. The Rain Ready Initiative offers a suite of policies and practices to help residents, communities, and states plan for weather events associated with climate change. Rain Ready helps municipal and state leaders approach the challenges of flooding, water shortage, and/or water pollution in customized and cost-effective ways. Although each state differs in weather, geography, urban development, and population, states can draw from a broad set of actions to help communities protect themselves now and reduce risks in the future. To learn more, visit the Center for Neighborhood Technology’s Rain Ready announcement.

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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08/14/2014

 

DOE Tribal Energy Program

August 2014—Current Funding Opportunities and Upcoming Events

The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to share the following information on current funding opportunities and upcoming events that may be of interest to tribes.

Funding Opportunities

DOE FOA for Tribal Clean Energy Development – Up to $7 Million

Applications Due: Oct. 2, 2014
Eligible Entities: Indian tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia

The DOE Tribal Energy Program, in conjunction with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, is accepting applications for up to $7 million in funding to accelerate clean energy development on tribal lands.

Through this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), which was modified on Aug. 12, DOE is soliciting applications under two topic areas:

An informational webinar on the FOA will be held Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain time. The webinar will highlight essential details about the FOA application process, including:

Register for the FOA webinar.

To view the complete FOA, including the recent modifications, visit the funding opportunity page.

BIA Tribal Energy and Mineral Development Grants – $11 Million

Applications Due: Aug. 25, 2014
Eligible Entities: Federally funded Native American tribal governments

The Interior Department's Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), through the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), is seeking applicants for a grant proposal for projects that assess, evaluate, or otherwise promote the processing, use, or development of energy, minerals, and renewable energy projects of various scales on tribal lands. Proposals must be used by an Indian tribe for the development of either a tribal energy and mineral resource inventory or a tribal energy and mineral resource on Indian land, or for the development of a report.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EPA Air, Climate, and Energy Centers: Science Supporting Solutions – $30 Million

Applications Due: Sept. 4, 2014
Eligible Entities: Public and private nonprofits, state and local governments, federally recognized tribes, and U.S. territories or possessions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking proposals to support research on the development of sound science regarding the development of approaches to enable effective implementation of air pollution control strategies to reduce exposure to harmful air pollution.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

EPA Brownfields and Land Revitalization Grant – $4 Million

Applications Due: September 22, 2014
Eligible Entities: Local governments

EPA is making available funds to support development of area-wide plans for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. Plans must include implementation strategies for assessing, cleaning up, and reusing the brownfields sites as well as related brownfields and project area revitalization strategies. The funding is intended to support research, technical assistance, or training activities.

For more information, visit the grant guidelines.

Alaska Renewable Energy Fund Grants for Renewable Energy Projects – $4.6 Million

Applications Due: Sept. 22, 2014
Eligible Entities: Electric utilities, independent power producers, and local governments or government entities, including tribal councils and housing authorities, board of directors and executive management

The Alaska Energy Authority is soliciting competitive applications for the purpose of recommending grants for renewable energy projects to be funded by the Alaska State Legislature. To be eligible for an Alaska Renewable Energy Fund grant, 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).

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

USDA Rural Community Development Initiative – Nearly $6 Million

Applications Due: Nov. 4, 2014
Eligible Entities: Qualified private, nonprofit (including faith-based and community organizations and philanthropic foundations) and public (including tribal) intermediary organizations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service is seeking applications for Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) grants that will be awarded to organizations to provide critical financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop and strengthen their capacity to carry out housing, community facilities and community and economic development projects. Applicants must provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the federal grant.

For more information, see the funding opportunity description.

Upcoming Tribal Energy Workshops

Free Registration for Tribal Energy by Design Forum in Montana Ends Thursday, Aug. 14

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

Focused on emerging technologies, developing trends, and new frontiers, this forum is designed to inspire attendees to think creatively about how energy development can produce community and economic value and promote efficiency and stewardship. The forum is targeted to tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff, specifically from Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, and Wyoming; however representatives from any tribe are welcome. Utility companies, energy developers, industry experts, and other stakeholders are also invited to join the discussion.

Registration
Registration is free through Aug. 14; after that, there is a $50 registration fee. Register online on or before August 14; after that, please call 406-265-3699 or email Barbara Stiffarm to register. Participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals (other than lunches during the forum), and travel costs.

More Information
For details about sponsors, topics to be addressed, guest speakers, and lodging options, see the Tribal Energy Program website. If you have questions, email dsoriano@opportunitylinkmt.org or contact Barbara Stiffarm.

Tribal Energy Project Development and Financing Workshops

Presented by the Tribal Energy Program and the DOE Office of Indian Energy with support from DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), these two interactive workshops will walk participants through five steps to help tribal communities understand the process for and potential pitfalls of developing community- and facility-scale renewable energy projects. The workshops are designed for elected tribal leaders, executives, and staff members interested in gaining knowledge and confidence to develop community- and facility-scale renewable energy projects.

Attendees will learn how renewable energy project development can advance community clean energy goals and hear from other tribes about their experiences.

Nome, Alaska
Aug. 20–22, 2014

To view the draft agenda for this workshop, visit the Tribal Energy Program website.

There is no cost to attend, but advance registration is required. Register online by August 14; after that those wishing to attend may register by emailing tribalworkshops@nrel.gov. Participants are responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs.

Prior Lake, Minnesota
Aug. 26–28, 2014

To view the draft agenda for this workshop, visit the Tribal Energy Program website.

There is no cost to attend this workshop, but advance registration is required. Online registration is now closed; however, those wishing to attend may still register by emailing tribalworkshops@nrel.gov.

Register for Upcoming Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinars

Introduction to Facility- and Community-Scale Project Financing
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MDT

Attendees will become knowledgeable on the forms of project financing for the smaller projects that serve an individual facility or community and their advantages and disadvantages to tribal communities. The webinar will also cover the importance of including cost-effective energy efficiency improvements in the project design and how to calculate the life-cycle cost of various options under consideration.

Register now.

Sandia Modeling Tool Webinar
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MDT

This webinar is about 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. Real and theoretical case studies will be presented, with the theoretical case studies focused on potential applications for tribes.

Attendees will also learn what will be expected of a tribe engaging in the collaborative process and the tangible deliverables.

Register now.

For other tribal events and funding opportunities, please see the events calendar and related funding opportunities on the Tribal Energy Program website.

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.

REMINDER: EPA Clean Air Act Rulemaking and Permitting Training for Environmental Justice Communities August 27-28, 2014 (9:00a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET) Bethel Baptist Church, 3200 28th Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35207 You will learn the: • Key features of the major air permit programs for facilities that impact your air quality. • Basics of how and when to get involved. • Benefits of early and meaningful public involvement. • Roles of the public, industry and government in the permitting process. Due to limited seating, registration is on a first come, first-served basis. Register at http://cfpub.epa.gov/oarweb/ejcall/PermittingTraining/ For more information contact: Lena (Vickey) Epps-Price via phone: 919-541-5573 or email: epps-price.lena@epa.gov. Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


08/08/2014

AEROM

Important: US EPA Offers AERMOD Modeling Suite (Version 14134) Webinar

On Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 the US EPA will present a webinar on the recent revisions to the AERMOD Modeling Suite (AERMOD Version 14134 and AERMET Version 14134).

The webinar will focus on:

  1. Important bug fixes since last December’s AERMOD Version 13350 release.
  2. Release of a supplemental 1-hour NO2 clarification memorandum.
  3. Status of the ARM and ARM2 Tier 2 modeling approaches.
  4. Selection and application of the NO2/NOx in-stack ratio for use in Tier 3 NO2 modeling applications.
  5. Appropriate applications for the OLM and PVMRM Tier 3 NO2 modeling schemes.
  6. Treatment of background sources and monitoring data in compliance demonstrations.

 

Registration is not required for the webinar. You will only need to access the link that is provided below and enter the webinar as a "Guest."

Webinar Logistics:

Subject:

AERMOD Modeling System / 1-hr NO2 Clarification Memo Webinar for Stakeholders

Date:

Tuesday, August 12th

Time:

2:30pm Eastern Standard Time

Location:

https://epa.connectsolutions.com/aermodstake

Thank you!

Lakes Environmental Team

www.webLakes.com
Tel: +1.519.746.5995 | Fax: +1.519.746.0793

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DOE Tribal Energy Program

Tribal Energy Program

Learn More About DOE's Tribal Funding Opportunity: Attend the Informational Webinar Next Thursday, Aug. 14

The DOE Tribal Energy Program, in conjunction with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, is accepting applications for up to $7 million in funding to accelerate clean energy development on tribal lands.
Through this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), DOE is soliciting applications under two topic areas:

  • Install clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings
  • Deploy clean energy systems on a community scale

An informational webinar on the FOA will be held Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain time. The webinar will highlight essential details about the FOA application process, including:

  • Types of applications sought
  • Who is eligible to apply
  • Cost share and other requirements
  • What the application needs to contain
  • How to ask questions
  • How applications will be selected for funding.

Register for the FOA webinar.
To view the complete FOA, visit the funding opportunity 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.

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EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

Nearly $54 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), and the Department of Energy (DOE) 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.

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 Brownfields and Land Revitalization Grant  - $4 million

EPA is making available funds to support development of area-wide plans for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. Plans must include implementation strategies for assessing, cleaning up, and reusing the brownfields sites as well as related brownfields and project area revitalization strategies. The funding is intended to support research, technical assistance, or training activities.

For more information, visit the grant guidelines.

DOE Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands – up to $7 million

DOE is seeking proposals to support development of clean energy and energy efficiency projects on Indian lands. Proposals must either relate to installing clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings, or deploying clean energy systems on a community scale. Projects, which are estimated to result in over 8 megawatts of new generation capacity, should intend to reduce energy costs and increase energy security for Indian tribes and tribal members.

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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08/07/2014

 

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Register Today for the Free Tribal Energy by Design Forum August 19–20 in Montana

Aug. 19–20, 2014
Blackfeet Community College
Southwind Lodge
504 SE Boundary Street
Browning, Montana 59417

Focused on emerging technologies, developing trends, and new frontiers, this forum is designed to inspire attendees to think creatively about how energy development can produce community and economic value and promote efficiency and stewardship. For details about topics to be addressed and guest speakers, see the attached agenda and flier. For more information, email dsoriano@opportunitylinkmt.org or contact Barbara Stiffarm, Opportunity Link Inc., (406) 265-3699.

Sponsors

The following tribes and organizations are collaborating to bring you this event:

Who Should Attend

The forum is targeted to tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff, specifically from Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, and Wyoming; however representatives from any tribe are welcome. Utility companies, energy developers, industry experts, and other stakeholders are also invited to join the discussion.

Registration and Lodging

Registration is free through Aug. 14; after that, there is a $50 registration fee. Register for the forum. Participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals (other than lunches during the forum), and travel costs. See the attached flier for lodging options. Please book your lodging soon; it's tourist season in Glacier National Park, and availability may be limited.

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For a complete listing of upcoming workshops and 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.


08/06/2014

EPA Seeking Nominations for Members to serve on Clean Air Act Advisory Committee

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation is seeking nominations for a diverse group of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC), a federal advisory committee to the EPA. The CAAAC was established in 1990 to provide advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on policy and technical issues associated with implementing the Clean Air Act. These issues include the development, implementation and enforcement of the regulatory, voluntary, and market-based programs required by the Act. The programs falling under purview of the committee include criteria air pollutants, emissions from vehicles and fuels, air toxics, greenhouse gas emissions, air permitting, and other Clean Air Act authorities.

The CAAAC has approximately 40 members representing industry, utilities, trade associations, environmental and public interest groups, and educational institutions. Members are appointed by the EPA Administrator for two-year terms. More information about the CAAAC can be found at http://www.epa.gov/air/caaac.

EPA is seeking nominations from academia, industry, non-governmental/ environmental organizations, state and local government agencies, tribal governments, unions, trade associations, utilities, and lawyers/consultants. It would be helpful if nominees have a strong background in air quality issues. If you know of individuals who would be interested in serving on the committee and would in your view be good candidates, we encourage you either to nominate them or to let them know about the opportunity so they can express interest directly.

The deadline for nominations is September 1, 2014 and should be sent to Jenny Craig, Designated Federal Officer for the CAAAC, at craig.jeneva@epa.gov, or at (202) 564-1674.

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Announcing the National Disaster Resilience Competition

On June 14, 2014, President Obama announced the National Disaster Resilience Competition. Responding to demand from state, local and tribal leaders who are working to increase the safety and security of their communities, the nearly $1 billion competition will invite communities that have experienced natural disasters to compete for funds to help them rebuild and increase their resilience to future disasters.

The competition will support innovative resilience projects at the local level while encouraging communities to adopt policy changes and activities that plan for the impacts of extreme weather and climate change and rebuild affected areas to be better prepared for the future. As last month's National Climate Assessment made clear, climate change is no longer a distant threat. Average temperatures across the United States have increased between 1.3 and 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit since recordkeeping began in 1895. Heat waves, hurricanes, and severe storms have all become more frequent and more intense. And sea level rise is causing some communities to flood at high tides and threatening homes and critical infrastructure. These facts underscore the need for urgent action to combat the threats from climate change, protect American citizens and communities today, and build a sustainable future for our kids and grandkids.

Communities across the country are contending with more frequent or severe storms, flooding, drought, and wildfire, and have already recognized that in order to be prepared they must plan differently for a new and more uncertain reality. The competition underscores the ability communities have to not only recover from recent disasters but also rebuild better and stronger for the future. It will allow them to engage local stakeholders, nongovernmental organizations and the philanthropic sector to protect their own communities from the impacts of climate change by enhancing resilient infrastructure, building on sound science, and deploying innovative approaches to investments. These funds will enable eligible communities to access resources that help both recover from the previous disaster and make plans, decisions, and investments that make them more resilient to the next disaster.

Of the nearly $1 billion available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, about $820 million will be available to all states and local governments that experienced a Presidentially-declared major disaster in 2011, 2012, and 2013. States in the Hurricane Sandy-affected region will be eligible to compete for approximately $180 million, to help address critical housing needs, building on the successful model set forth by HUD's Rebuild by Design competition. All successful applicants will need to show how their proposed action relates to the disaster from which they are recovering. HUD will ensure that geographic diversity is a consideration in the selection of participating communities.

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Green Heat Newsletter, Issue No. 60 – EPA Proposed New Heater Regulations

Green Heat News - Alliance for Green Heat


08/05/2014

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

EPA Webcasts

ENERGY STAR Webcasts

DOE Webcasts

SunShot Outreach Partnership Webcasts

EPA Webcasts

August 6, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) - Greening Vacant Properties

EPA’s Smart Growth Program hosts this webinar on how the city of Detroit has moved from plans to action in the revitalization of vacant properties.

Join the webcast

August 13, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) - Flood Resilience and Recovery Assistance: Lessons Learned from Vermont

The state of Vermont experienced major damage to roads, houses, and businesses due to flood impacts from Tropical Storm Irene in fall 2011. Vermont's Agency of Commerce and Community Development, along with the Agency of Natural Resources, Agency of Transportation, and the Mad River Valley Planning District, requested assistance from EPA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to recover from flood impacts and plan for long-term resilience to future disasters. Through EPA’s Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program, EPA and FEMA worked with state agencies and communities in Vermont to identify smart growth strategies that can help vulnerable communities prepare for and recover from floods. The project resulted in the report, Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont: Smart Growth Approaches for Disaster-Resilient Communities, and a Flood Resilience Checklist, available here.

This webinar will discuss the project, highlighting Smart growth approaches and strategies communities can consider to become more flood resilient and what the state of Vermont and communities in the Mad River Valley have done since Irene to help enhance flood resilience by building back better than before.

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ENERGY STAR Webcasts

August 12, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – Benchmarking Water/Wastewater Treatment Facilities in Portfolio Manager

Learn how to track the progress of energy efficiency efforts and compare the energy use of wastewater treatment plants to other peer facilities across the country. Attendees will learn how to measure and track energy use and carbon dioxide emission reductions in water and wastewater treatment plants to establish baseline energy use, prioritize investments, set goals, and track improvements over time.

Register

August 14, 2:00-3:30 PM (EDT) – The Federal Guiding Principles Checklist in ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager

This webcast will teach federal energy and sustainability professionals how to use the ENERGY STAR® measurement and tracking tool, Portfolio Manager, to help ensure compliance with the Guiding Principles for High Performance Sustainable Buildings required by Executive Orders 13423 and 13514. The focus is on the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Existing Buildings.

The Federal Energy Management Program, the General Services Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR program, partnered to incorporate the Guiding Principles Checklist with Portfolio Manager because Portfolio Manager can provide useful energy and water performance metrics for buildings across entire agency inventories. The Checklist can help Federal Buildings comply with Guiding Principles in the following ways:

• Conducting building assessments

• Tracking and viewing progress

• Storing compliance documents

• Creating a report showing compliance for entire building inventories

• Reviewing up-to-date energy and water metrics generated by Portfolio Manager

• Reporting compliance in the Federal Real Property Profile (FRPP)

The purpose, scope and benefits of Portfolio Manager and the Guiding Principles Checklist will be discussed and federal professionals will come away with an understanding of relevant policy background and how to establish, share, use, and report data for compliance. Students will receive a brief introduction to the Guiding Principles requirements and recommended evidence of compliance. The webcast will also provide information on using Portfolio Manager to meet energy benchmarking requirements required under 42 USC §8253(f).

Those who cannot attend this webcast can request tailored, complimentary training from FEMP by contacting Erin Zayko, or search on the FEMP training page for additional webcast and in-person opportunities to learn about the Guiding Principles.

Register

August 21, 1:00-2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager Office Hours, Focus Topic: Sharing – Part 1 (Sharing Tab, Contact Page, Sharing Report, and Bulk Sharing)

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).

If you would like to skip the specific topic portion, feel free to join the call at 1:30 for the Q&A portion.

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August 26, 1:00- 2:30 PM (EDT) – Portfolio Manager 101

Join ENERGY STAR as they 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.

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August 27, 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.

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August 28, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT) – How to Apply for the ENERGY STAR

Learn how to apply 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.

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DOE Webcasts

August 8, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MDT) – DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Project Implementation and Operations and Maintenance

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.

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August 13, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (MDT) – Community Solar Scenario Tool: Planning for a Fruitful Solar Garden

As part of a Do-It-Yourself Solar Market Analysis summer series, NREL's Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) is presenting a live webinar titled, "Community Solar Scenario Tool: Planning for a fruitful solar garden." Join us to learn about a new model that was developed to help municipal utilities, solar developers, and state and local advocates perform a "first cut" analysis of different community or shared solar program options. The Community Solar Scenario Tool allows users to see how various inputs, such as system size, location, and project costs, impact the economics of a project and from both a potential customer's perspective as well as the sponsoring utility.

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August 27, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (MDT) - DOE Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Introduction to Facility and Community Scale Project Financing

Although smaller in scale than the projects covered in the July webinar, these projects often cannot hurdle the financing barrier. Attendees will become knowledgeable on the forms of project financing for the smaller projects that serve an individual facility or community and their advantages and disadvantages to the Tribal communities. They will also learn about the importance of including cost effective energy efficiency improvements in the project design and how to calculate the life cycle cost of various options under consideration.

Register

SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership Webcasts

August 27, 2:00-3:00 PM (EDT) - Solar Permitting & Inspection – Part 3

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability U.S.A. and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) present a series of three webinars on Solar Permitting & Inspection. As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, the series is reviewing the components of rooftop solar permitting processes, and share best practices and tools for improving them.

During the third and final webinar of the series presenters take a step back and examine how communities can change their permitting processes, with a particular focus on voluntary regional and statewide collaborations.

This webinar is targeted at municipal permit review staff and inspectors, but should be useful to a diverse audience, including other municipal staff, solar installers and others in the solar industry, and individuals and organizations interested in seeing changes to the permitting processes in their communities.

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.

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07/30/2014

Clean Power Plan resources

EPA has these Clean Power Plan informational materials available on the Carbon Pollution Standards website - http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards:

Overview Presentation: This presentation is designed to provide an overview for the general public and serve as a basic review for other stakeholders. This 25 minute video includes an overview of climate change, a review of Clean Air Act Section 111, and a broad overview of the important components of the proposed Clean Power Plan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDJGspRbIA4

Webinar Series: EPA hosted a series of three online webinars to provide states, tribes and local air and energy agencies with more detailed information on key components of the proposed Clean Power Plan. The three webinar topics are: Setting State Goals, Meeting State Goals, and Implementation. The webinar slides and recordings of the webinars are available at http://www2.epa.gov/cleanpowerplantoolbox/epa-webinar-series-proposed-clean-power-plan

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Standards of Performance for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills

EPA will hold a public hearing on August 12, 2014, in Washington, DC at the William Jefferson Clinton East Building, Room 1153, 1201 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20004. The public hearing will convene at 9:00 a.m. and end at 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). There will be a lunch break from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please contact Ms. Virginia Hunt at (919) 541-0832 or at hunt.virginia@epa.gov to register to speak at one of the hearings. The last day to pre-register in advance to speak at the hearings will be Friday August 8, 2014. Additionally, requests to speak will be taken the day of the hearing at the hearing registration desk, although preferences on speaking times may not be able to be fulfilled.


07/28/2014

DOE Tribal Energy Program

Tribal Energy by Design Forum: Developing an Energy Roadmap on Tribal Lands

Aug. 19–20, 2014
Blackfeet Community College
Southwind Lodge
504 SE Boundary Street
Browning, Montana 59417

This energy forum will focus on emerging technologies, developing trends, and new frontiers. We hope to inspire our attendees to think creatively about how energy development can produce community and economic value, efficiency, and stewardship. For details about topics to be covered, see the attached agenda. For more information, contact Barbara Stiffarm, Opportunity Link Inc., (406) 265-3699.

Sponsors

The following tribes and organizations are collaborating to offer you this event:

Who Should Attend

Tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff, specifically from Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, and Wyoming, although representatives from any tribe are welcome. Utility companies, energy developers, industry experts, and other stakeholders are invited to join the discussion as well.

Registration and Lodging

A registration fee of $50 per person covers all forum sessions, materials, and lunches. Register for the forum. Participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals (other than lunches during the forum), and travel costs.

A block of rooms is available to participants at the Holiday Inn Express, 50 Museum Loop, in Browning, at a discounted rate of $109 plus tax per night through July 28, 2014. After this date we will be unable to guarantee room rate or availability. To make reservations, call 406-338-2400 and mention the "DOE Tribal Energy Summit." Otherwise, book online by visiting the hotel website. Other lodging options include Going-to-the-Sun Inn & Suites and Glacier Park Lodge.

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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.


07/24/2014

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.

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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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