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May 08, 2013

Alaska Native Communities Receive Clean Energy Technical Assistance

The Energy Department and the Denali Commission on April 29 announced that five Alaska Native communities will receive technical expertise through the Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) program. Building on five technical assistance awards made last year, the projects selected will further accelerate local clean energy and energy efficiency projects that advance energy self-sufficiency and job creation in rural Alaska.

The Energy Department’s START program, in partnership with Denali Commission and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, provides technical expertise on a variety of clean energy and efficiency technologies, infrastructure development, and community capacity building to tribal communities across the United States. Through the START awards, each Alaska Native tribe will receive technical assistance focused on community-based energy planning, energy awareness and training programs, and clean energy deployment and financing opportunities. Additionally, each village selected this year is eligible for up to $250,000 in financial assistance to deploy a renewable energy or energy efficiency project, supported by the Department’s Tribal Energy grant program.

The Denali Commission is an independent federal agency designed to provide critical utilities, infrastructure, and economic support throughout Alaska. With the creation of the Denali Commission in 1998, Congress acknowledged the need for increased inter-agency cooperation and a greater focus on Alaska’s remote communities. See the Energy Department press release.