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DOE Funds Eight Native American Tribes to Develop Renewable Energy
DOE announced on April 24th its award of $1.3 million to eight Native American tribes to develop renewable energy projects on their lands. The funds will go toward feasibility studies on tribal lands located in Alaska, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. Although four of the tribes will investigate renewable energy resources in general, the other four tribes will explore the potential of specific renewable energy technologies, including biofuel for power production, biogas generation from manure and other biomass sources, wind power, and a hybrid power system using both wind power and hydropower. See the DOE press release.
DOE's Tribal Energy Program promotes tribal self-sufficiency and fosters employment and economic development on tribal lands by providing technical and financial assistance to tribes that want to develop the renewable energy resources on their lands. See the Tribal Energy Program Web site.