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A Native-owned energy company will leverage $31 million in state funding to create a long-duration energy storage system for a southern California tribe.

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WASHINGTON — Tribal energy projects will receive a $35 million boost from two new U.S. Department of Energy funding opportunities.

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Indigenous Energy Initiative founder and CEO Cheri Smith has had a banner year since rebranding and relaunching the group in November 2021. 

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MILWAUKEE—With the passage of a “once-in-a-generation” infrastructure law last fall, funding opportunities for tribal energy projects have increased to unprecedented levels. That’s according to industry experts who spoke at an Indigenous business conference in Milwaukee this week.

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Elizabeth Perez received two awards in September: one from the National Minority Supplier Development Council honoring her general contracting and consulting firm, San Diego-based GC Green Inc., and another from her tribe in recognition for her work in fighting climate change. 

While Perez said she was honored to be named the Minority Veteran Owned Firm of the Year through the NMSDC, her tribe’s recognition had special meaning for to her. 

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The newly passed Inflation Reduction Act is the “most aggressive action on climate and clean energy in American history” and makes a host of key changes that should allow tribes better access to participate in those projects.

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A three-year, nearly $1.7 million Department of Energy grant will help a Native-led renewable energy nonprofit weatherize 30 homes across three reservations.

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The Fort Berthold reservation in North Dakota lights up at night like candles on a birthday cake in a darkened room, illuminated by scads of oil well rigs that are flaring off millions of dollars worth of natural gas annually. 

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Solar entrepreneur Robert Blake believes renewable energy represents a natural expansion for tribes, both economically and culturally. 

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OAKLAND, Calif. — A Native-focused solar energy  nonprofit will open requests for proposals totaling $1.7 million in funding over three grant programs this summer.