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  • Funding Opportunities: A Directory of Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Environmental Protection Assistance Programs
    (PDF 908 KB)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has produced this 52-page guide to help find financial and technical assistance for efforts that reduce energy costs, improve air quality and public health, and enhance economic development opportunities. The publication provides an extensive list of grants available from EPA, other federal agencies, state governments, and private foundations. Grants are organized by topic, with detailed descriptions and contact information for each grant. The document also provides links to online resources with more information. Funds are available for such activities as installing energy-efficient equipment in buildings, purchasing fuel-efficient vehicles for fleets, and promoting renewable energy installations or purchases. Funding is also available to develop related education and outreach materials.

  • Tribal Environmental and Natural Resource Assistance Handbook
    (PDF 676 KB)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has created this online handbook, which lists federal sources of both technical and financial assistance available to Tribes for environmental management.

Connecting to the Grid

  • Connecting to the Grid: A Guide to Distributed Generation Interconnection Issues
    (PDF 2.3 MB)

    This 51-page document, prepared by the North Carolina Solar Center for the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), addresses the interconnection of everything from small-scale residential PV to commercial-scale 2-megawatt distributed generation systems. The sixth edition of this guide addresses new and lingering issues relevant to all distributed generation technologies, including net excess generation, third-party ownership, energy storage and networks. This publication also discusses IREC's model interconnection standards, updated in 2009 and published on the IREC website.

Tribal Utilities

  • Model Energy and Utility Service Code
    (MS Word 233 KB)

    This model tribal law for energy and utility services has been prepared for Kansas tribes by the Mni Sose Intertribal Water Rights Coalition, Inc. and could be easily modified to serve the needs of other tribes.

  • Tribal Authority Process Case Studies: The Conversion of On-Reservation Electric Utilities to Tribal Ownership and Operation
    (PDF 848 KB)

    This January 1996 report was developed by the NEOS Corporation and written by Richard Milward (now of Global Energy Partners) and Jack Whittier (now of McNeil Technologies) for the Western Area Power Administration. It primarily examines two tribal utilities: the Aha Macav Power Service and the Tohono O'odham Utility Authority. A condensed version of this report is available in the Case Studies section.

General Energy

  • What Every Westerner Should Know About Energy
    (PDF 1.2 MB)

    Published in 2003 by the Center for the American West at the University of Colorado in Boulder, this 52-page document examines energy resources in the West, the environmental impacts of energy use in the West, and the future of energy in the West.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

  • Native Power: A Handbook on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Native American Communities
    (PDF 183 KB)

    Published in January 1998, this report was prepared by the Native American Renewable Energy Education Project, the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California in Berkeley, and the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. It examines energy efficiency and small renewable technologies for homes and small communities, as well as larger commercial renewable energy technologies. It also discusses tribal business opportunities and project financing.

  • Publications from DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL)

    LBL's Electricity Markets and Policy group, part of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, has generated a wide variety of analytical reports examining different aspects of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Noteworthy among these are several reports produced in 2003 that compare the volatile costs of natural gas resources to fixed-price long-term contracts for renewable energy.

Energy Efficiency

  • Reducing Energy Consumption and Improving Air Quality through Energy Efficiency in Indian Country: Recommendations to Tribal Leaders from the Western Regional Air Partnership
    (PDF 1.0 MB).

    Published in July 2003, this 121-page report from the Air Pollution Prevention Forum of the Western Regional Air Partnership (WRAP) suggests ways to increase energy efficiency on Native American lands. It includes many recommendations that are mirrored in the resources provided on this Web site.

Renewable Energy

  • Assessing the Potential for Renewable Energy on Public Lands
    (PDF 4.5 MB)

    Published in February 2003 by the Bureau of Land Management and DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, this report determines the best locations in the West for deploying concentrating solar power, photovoltaics, wind power, and biomass energy technologies.

  • Generating Electricity from Renewable Resources in Indian Country: Recommendations to Tribal Leaders from the Western Regional Air Partnership
    (PDF 678 KB)

    Published in July 2003 by the Air Pollution Prevention Forum of the Western Regional Air Partnership (WRAP), this report suggests ways to increase the generation of electricity from renewable resources on Native American lands. It includes many recommendations that are mirrored in the resources provided on this Web site. Report appendices are available separately on the WRAP Web site.

  • The Renewable Energy Atlas of the West

    The Renewable Energy Atlas of the West is designed as a resource for those interested in producing electricity from wind, solar, geothermal and biomass energy resources. The Atlas includes detailed renewable resource maps, as well as an interactive online map tool. You can view, download, and print the full 80-page atlas for free, or you can order a bound copy. Special editions have also been prepared that focus specifically on Washington and Idaho.

  • Renewable Energy Business Plan Template

    This online document, prepared by Sustainable Energy Solutions, presents a simple business plan that can serve as a template for a variety of renewable energy enterprises. The sample business plan involves a business to install solar and wind power for residents of the Navajo Nation, and includes both a technical and economic analysis of the proposed business.

Geothermal Energy

  • Geothermal Small Business Workbook (PDF 3.1 MB) and the Geothermal Money Book (35.3 MB)

    These two publications give geothermal entrepreneurs, small businesses, and developers the tools and information they need to understand geothermal applications (direct use and small-scale power generation), write a business and financing plan, and locate and obtain financing. DOE's Geothermal Technologies Program funded the two publications, which are available for download as large PDF files or can be ordered on CD-ROM.

  • Opportunities for Near-Term Geothermal Development on Public Lands in the Western United States
    (PDF 236 KB)

    This April 2003 report, prepared by the Bureau of Land Management and the DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, focuses on areas of the West with the best opportunities and highest potential for development of geothermal energy. The BLM and NREL used Geographic Information System (GIS) data to assess geothermal energy potential on BLM lands in the West. The assessment identifies the BLM's planning units with the highest potential for developing geothermal resources. The report identifies 35 top-pick sites in 18 planning units throughout six western states that have a high potential for near-term geothermal development.

  • Native American Issues in Geothermal Energy
    (PDF 183 KB)

    Presented to the Geothermal Resources Council in July 2003, this paper by Barbara Farhar of DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Paul Dunlevy of the Bureau of Land Management addresses tribal issues in the development of geothermal energy resources.

  • A Guide to Geothermal Energy and the Environment
    (PDF 1.1 MB)

    Published in April 2005 by the Geothermal Energy Association, this 87-page document provides updated information on environmental issues related to geothermal energy, with a focus on electric power production. The guide offers pictures, graphs and charts to help place the potential benefits of expanded geothermal energy use in perspective and highlights specific environmental issues concerning geothermal power, such as plant emissions, water use and water quality.


  • Water Energy Resources of the United States with Emphasis on Low Head/Low Power Resources, Appendix A
    (PDF 11.5 MB)

    This 106-page appendix to an April 2004 report by the Idaho National Environmental Engineering Laboratory includes detailed maps of hydropower resources for each region of the United States.

Solar Energy

  • Solar Opportunity Assessment Report
    This 67-page report, issued by the Solar Catalyst Group in December 2003, attempts to answer the question of how to transform solar energy from a niche resource into a mainstream energy technology.

  • The Solar Way: Photovoltaics on Indian Lands

    This 60-page booklet, produced by DOE's Sandia National Laboratories in early 2002, is available online as a chapter-by-chapter series of Adobe PDF files. The booklet features 150 color photographs of photovoltaic installations located on Indian lands throughout the United States, illustrating how PV meets tribal needs while helping to abide by the Seven Generations philosophy.

Wind Energy

  • Cash Crop on the Wind Farm: A New Mexico Case Study of the Cost, Price, and Value of Wind-Generated Electricity

    This 73-page report (also summarized in a 19-slide presentation) assesses how wind speed forecasts, water conservation, reduction of natural gas price volatility, and reduction of carbon dioxide emissions might add up to enhance the value of wind energy. Although the focus is on New Mexico, much of the information would apply to a wind plant anywhere in the United States.

  • Community Wind Financing Handbook
    (PDF 724 KB)

    This 25-page handbook, published in June 2004 by the Environmental Law & Policy Center, explains the options for structuring and financing community-based wind power projects.

  • A Comparative Analysis of Community Wind Power Development Options in Oregon
    (PowerPoint 252 KB)

    This 115-page report, funded by the Energy Trust of Oregon examines likely ownership structures that will be used for community wind projects in the Northwest, but includes a great deal of information that is applicable throughout the United States. The report identifies and discusses a number of financial, regulatory, technical, and market barriers to community wind power development in the United States, and Oregon in particular, and then proceeds to describe and financially model a number of different community wind development/financing/ownership structures, including cooperative ownership, aggregate net metering, on-site projects (interconnected on the customer side of the meter), projects owned by multiple local investors, projects owned through "flip" arrangements with tax-motivated corporate equity partners, and town-owned projects.

  • Evaluating State Markets for Residential Wind Systems
    (PDF 812 KB)

    This 102-page report examines the break even costs and simple payback times for small wind turbines in each state, for different wind resource classes and accounting for a variety of incentives. It can be a useful resource for evaluating the economics of small wind turbine installations.

  • Guide to Implementing Community Scale Wind Projects on Native American Reservations
    (MS Word 221 KB)

    This 14-page document, prepared by Tyson Utt in 2002 for the DOE Wind Powering America program, is designed to assist tribes in implementing a properly sized wind project to supplement the electricity demand of a large community load. The document is intended to guide the user to resources for completing the necessary steps of implementing a wind project. It also focuses on identifying issues unique to community-scale wind projects on tribal lands.

  • Key Aspects in Developing a Wind Power Project
    (PDF 2.1 MB)

    This 6-page booklet from Vestas, a Danish wind turbine manufacturer, provides some basic information on developing a new utility-scale wind power project.

  • The Impact of a Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard on Retail Electric Rates in Colorado
    (PDF 1.1 MB)

    This 42-page report, prepared by Ronald Binz in February 2004, examines the effect of wind power on electric rates in Colorado, in support of a renewable energy requirement that was then under consideration by the state legislature. Although focused on Colorado, the report provides detailed cost information for wind power and competing fossil-fuel technologies. The report found that the proposed regulation was more likely to lower the state's electrical rates, rather than raise them.

  • Interim Guidelines to Avoid and Minimize Wildlife Impacts from Wind Turbines
    (PDF 514 KB)

    This 57-page document, prepared by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), provides guidance to FWS staff who may need to review wind power projects for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This document could help project planners to anticipate questions and issues that may arise while pursuing approval of a wind power project.

  • Small Wind: State-by-State Guide

    Information from the American Wind Energy Association on buying and installing a wind turbine in each U.S. state. Covers local wind resources, net metering rules, and interconnection issues as well as state, local, and utility incentives for wind energy.

  • Native American Wind Interest Group Newsletter

    Wind Powering America has initiated a quarterly Native American Wind Interest Group (NAWIG) Newsletter as part of its Native American outreach plan. It presents Native American wind information, including projects, interviews with pioneers, issues, Wind Powering America activities, and related events.

  • Permitting of Wind Energy Facilities
    (PDF 2.0 MB)

    This 58-page booklet, produced in 2002 by the Siting Subcommittee of the National Wind Coordinating Committee, reflects the subcommittee's extensive experience with wind project development in several regions of the United States.

  • State Wind Working Group Handbook
    (PDF 9.8 MB)

    This 351-page publication of the DOE's Wind Powering America is a compilation of a series of topical issue briefs and related PowerPoint presentations. The handbook addresses a range of basic and technical issues such as wind resource assessment, siting, transmission, economics, utility integration, and the project development process. It also addresses such policy issues as net metering, green power, policy options, integrated resource planning, and development on state and federal lands.

  • Sustainability and Due Diligence Guidelines

    This 24-page report from the World Wind Energy Association, published in October 2005, was produced to promote greater consideration of the environmental, social, and economic aspects of new wind projects when assessing their sustainability.

  • Wind Energy for Rural Economic Development
    (PDF 1.1 MB)

    This 8-page DOE brochure provides information about wind energy projects and rural economic development, including case studies and resources for those interested in bringing wind energy to their communities.