About the Tribal Energy Program

The Tribal Energy Program, under the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program, promotes tribal energy sufficiency, and fosters economic development and employment on tribal lands through the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

Tribal Energy Program Accomplishments (2002–2014)

  • Channeled more than 70% of all discretionary funding directly to tribes through grants
  • Awarded grant funding to 23% of all federally recognized tribes (132 of 566)
  • Funded more than 30% of all applications received
  • Since 2004, conducted 45 workshops, providing training to more than 2,400 people
  • Presented monthly tribal renewable energy development webinars, reaching an average of 1,000 people per year
  • Sponsored 29 Native American student summer interns
  • Delivered bi-weekly email communications to more than 4,000 subscribers

Learn more about our program's management and implementation and some of the tribal success stories that have resulted. For help with specific inquiries about the program, please contact our staff or send an inquiry to our Help Desk.

Mission

The Tribal Energy Program's mission is to provide financial and technical assistance to tribes through government-to-government partnerships that:

  • Enable tribal leaders to make informed decisions about energy choices
  • Bring renewable energy and energy efficiency options to Indian Country
  • Enhance human capacity through education and training
  • Improve local tribal economies and the environment
  • Make a difference in the quality of life of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
A bar chart depicting the amount of discretionary Congressional funding for the Tribal Energy Program in each fiscal year from 2002 through 2014. In 2002 the amount was $3 million. In 2003 the amount was $5 million. In 2004 the amount was $1.7 million. In 2005 the amount was $3.5 million. In 2006 the amount was $3 million. In 2007 the amount was $4 million. In 2008 the amount was $6 million. In 2009 the amount was $6 million. In 2010 the amount was $10 million. In 2011 the amount was $7 million. In 2012 the amount was $10 million. In 2013 the amount was $9.4 million. In 2014 the amount was $6.9 million.

Approach

The program employs a three-pronged approach to fulfilling its mission, providing tribes with:

  1. Financial opportunities through a competitive process to develop tribal renewable energy resources and reduce energy consumption through efficiency and weatherization

  2. Technical assistance through DOE's prestigious laboratories

  3. Education and training through webinars, student internships, and workshops to help build the knowledge and skills is essential to developing, implementing and sustaining energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Funding History

The chart on the right shows the total amount of Congressional funding for the Tribal Energy Program from Fiscal Year 2002 through Fiscal Year 2014.

Projects

For a map of project locations, project summaries, and project funding history, see Projects on Tribal Lands.