Notice of Intent: Energy Infrastructure Deployment on Tribal Lands - 2020
Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement No. DE-FOA-0002317 Energy Infrastructure Deployment on Tribal Lands - 2020 The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Indian Energy is charged by Congress under the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self Determination Act of 2005 (Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005, Title V, § 502, codified at 42 USC § 7144e and 25 USC § 3501 et seq.), to “provide, direct, foster, coordinate, and implement energy planning, education, management, conservation, and delivery programs that – (1) Promote Indian tribal energy development, efficiency, and use; (2) Reduce and stabilize energy costs; (3) Enhance and strengthen Indian tribal energy and economic infrastructure relating to natural resource development and electrification; and (4) Bring electric power and service to Indian land and homes for tribal members located on Indian lands or acquired, constructed, or improved (in whole or in part) with Federal funds.” 42 USC § 7144e(b). Through this planned Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), DOE’s Office of Indian Energy will be continuing its efforts to maximize the deployment of energy solutions for the benefit of American Indians and Alaska Natives and help build the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to implement those energy solutions. DOE’s Office of Indian Energy plans to solicit applications from Indian Tribes, which include Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations (hereafter referred collectively as “Indian Tribes”), Intertribal Organizations, and Tribal Energy Development Organizations to: 1) Install energy generating system(s)or energy efficiency measure(s) for tribal building(s) (Topic Area 1); or, 2) Deploy community-scale energy generating system(s) or energy storage on Tribal Lands (Topic Area 2); or, 3) Install integrated energy system(s) for autonomous operation (independent of the traditional centralized electric power grid) to power a single or multiple essential tribal facilities during emergency situations or for tribal community resilience (Topic Area 3); or, 4) Deploy energy infrastructure or integrated energy system(s) to electrify Tribal Buildings (Topic Area 4). DOE envisions awarding multiple financial assistance awards in the form of grants. The estimated period of performance for each award will be approximately from one (1) to two (2) years, but no longer than three (3) years including a 12 month mandatory verification period. This Notice is issued so that interested parties are aware of the DOE’s intention to issue this FOA in the near term. All of the information contained in this Notice is subject to change. DOE will not respond to questions concerning this Notice. However, once the FOA has been released, DOE will provide an avenue for potential Applicants to submit questions. DOE’s Office of Indian Energy plans to issue the FOA on or about March or April 2020 via the EERE Exchange website (https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/). If Applicants wish to be notified when the FOA is issued, they should subscribe to DOE’s Office of Indian Energy email list on the website homepage (https://energy.gov/indianenergy/office-indian-energy-policy-and-programs). When the FOA is released, applications will be accepted only through EERE Exchange. NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THIS NOTICE. This is a Notice of Intent (NOI) only. DOE may issue a FOA as described herein, may issue a FOA that is significantly different than the FOA described herein, or DOE may not issue a FOA at all.