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U.S. Department of Energy Awards $12 Million to American Indian and Alaska Native Communities to Maximize Deployment of Energy Technology


A wind farm in Washington state. (Photo/Wikimedia Commons)

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $12 million in funding to 13 Native American and Alaska Native communities across the nation for projects that will reduce energy costs and increase energy security and resiliency.

The selected projects will power their homes and communities, make buildings more energy efficient, and install microgrids for essential services and resiliency, the DOE said in an announcement Tuesday, noting that these are critical elements to the Biden Administration's goal of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

"The Department of Energy is committed to working with American Indian and Alaska Native communities to strengthen energy infrastructure on Tribal lands," Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in a statement. "These selections, the first from the Office of Indian Energy this year, underscore the Biden Administration's commitment to ensuring that communities disproportionately affected by climate change directly benefit from clean energy investments."


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