Energy Sovereignty Institute

Gain Insights and Apply for the Grid Resilience Tribal Formula Grants!
A recording of The Alliance for Tribal Clean Energy’s informative webinar, “Grid Resilience Tribal Formula Grants,” is now available. Together with partners from the Department of Energy, it dives into Tribal Formula Grants and how they provide direct allocations for tribes to strengthen and modernize their electrical grids, fortifying them against wildfires, extreme weather events, and other disasters. These funds are non-competitive, meaning that Congress has authorized specific allocations for each tribe. However, tribes are required to submit an application to access these funds, which are available for both fiscal years 2023 and 2024. Watch theĀ webinar recording


Welcome to the Energy Sovereignty Instituteā€™s online information clearinghouse, and resource-base and portal. Our goal is to assist Native American communities (beginning with New Mexico) in energy planning and deployments, and their pursuit of energy sovereignty, independence, and economic development. 

Native communities can play a critical leadership role in the nationā€™s transition to a sustainable, resilient, and equitable energy system. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates that while American Indian land comprises about two percent of all U.S. land, Indian lands contain five percent of total U.S. renewable energy resource potential, including high generation potential for solar, wind and hydropower among other renewable resources.

Watch our video below on Tribal Energy Sovereignty, featuring four experts on its aspects and importance:

We hope you find this resource website useful in pursuing your goals, and we value your feedback and suggestions; please contact us via the Contact Form. This clearinghouse is a living repository, with new information and news updates to be added over time; so please come back and visit often, and sign up for our newsletter.

“My biggest dream is for First Nation Communities to become energy independent before mainstream America.”

Henry Red Cloud, Lakota Solar Enterprises Energy Sovereignty Initiative

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