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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), released a Request for Information seeking public input on the structure of a $2.3 billion formula grant program to strengthen and modernize America’s power grid against wildfires, extreme weather, and other natural disasters that are exacerbated by the climate crisis. The new program will assist states and tribal nations with projects that create good-paying jobs to deliver clean, affordable, and reliable energy to everyone, everywhere, anytime. The Request for Information seeks feedback to inform DOE’s structuring of the formula grants, including the formula grant program Notice of Intent, draft application and award requirements, and draft award formula allocation. Comments must be received by June 27. A public webinar will be held on May 5, 2022, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET to provide additional information. 

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Welcome to the Energy Sovereignty Institute’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 nation’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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