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The US energy department (DoE) will provide funding to 19 projects with the aim of improving energy efficiency and renewable energy adoption in buildings.According to a press statement, the funding will help in the development of an energy plan which will be used in deploying technologies and programmes to minimise energy use and maximise energy conservation in tribal buildings.

For instance, The Bear River Band of Rohnerville Loreta, an organisation for American Indians in California, will use $130, 173 funding to research on how renewable energy usage can help keep consumer energy bills low.

” The project will provide an analysis of demand-side options that reduce energy consumption and optimise the hourly and seasonal load profile of BRB’s residential and commercial properties, as well as an evaluation of local and commercial supply-side options that will address conventional and nonconventional sources with a focus on renewable energy opportunities.

"This comprehensive analysis will result in a thorough understanding of BRB’s tribal energy resources and tribal energy loads, including current and future energy consumption," according to a statement.

In Neah Bay, in Washington state, the Makah tribe plans to conduct a survey and gather recommendations issued by its members regarding how the tribe can improve the resilience of the grid serving its community and which measures can be implied to reduce the tribe's carbon footprint.

The Native Village of Atmautluak in Arkansas will use $27,810 DoE funding to establish baseline energy use in tribal community buildings in order to set energy efficiency improvement goals as well as provide a benchmark for evaluating future efforts to reduce and stabilise energy costs.

The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians in California state plans to conduct a research on how the group can expand its utility entity to increase the number of commercial buildings using electricity provided by the Pechanga Tribal Utility. [US DoE awards 21 energy savings performance contracts].

The study would analyse the utility's existing electric utility loads, infrastructure, resources, customer base and what should be done to improve its services.

 

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