Dear USET/USET SPF Family,
The Department of the Interior (DOI) has issued a Dear Tribal Leader Letter announcing Tribal consultations on the Tribal Electrification Program. This program was authorized under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) to provide Tribal Nations $145.5 million in federal funds to implement zero emission electrification in Tribal homes. Currently, the Energy Information Administration estimates that 14 percent of households on Tribal Lands have no access to electricity, which is 10 times higher than the national average. DOI has established three categories of Tribal participation in the program, which includes an initial pilot program and Tribal Nations with the potential to implement community scale projects.
Details regarding these upcoming consultations are as follows—
Date/Time: Thursday, May 25, 2023 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm ET
Date/Time: Friday, May 26, 2023 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm ET
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 31, 2023 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm ET
For a list of Framing Questions for the Tribal consultations, please view the Dear Tribal Leader Letter. Comments on structing the Tribal Electrification Program are due Thursday, June 15, 2023 and can be emailed to ECRP@ios.goi.gov. Questions should be directed to Onna LeBeau, Director, Office of Indian Economic Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please contact Brian Howard, USET SPF Senior Policy Analyst, at email@example.com.