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Montana Tribes Take Opposite Sides on Coal

While Native American lands cover 2 percent of the U.S. surface, they have been estimated to contain a fifth of the nation’s remaining petroleum, along with vast coal reserves.

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HUD Launches Utility Benchmarking as Energy-Saving Measure

This new ‘utility benchmarking’ initiative would apply to approximately 2.2 million units across several categories of HUD-assisted affordable housing: developments with Project Rental Assistance Contracts, multifamily properties with mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), and Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) with more than 250 public housing units

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America Goes Solar; 22 Communities Recognized in DoE Program

These 22 communities are the first to receive SolSmart designation since the program launched in April 2016. A SolSmart designation signals that a community is “open for solar business,” helping to attract solar industry investment and generate economic development and local jobs.

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DOE Names RACEE Tech Assistance Recipients; Issues Report

The Department of Energy (DOE) has named 13 recipients of Remote Alaska Communities Energy Efficiency (RACEE) technical assistance. The announcement came this week at the Rural Energy Conference in Fairbanks, AK, an event during which DOE also released its “Sustainable Energy Solutions for Rural Alaska” report.

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Feds Make Major Energy Investment in Indian Country

The Department of Energy (DOE) on Wednesday (March 23) releases funding for 24 American Indian and Alaska Native communities to deploy clean energy and energy efficiency projects. DOE plans to invest more than $9 million in 16 facility- and community-scale energy projects in 24 tribal communities.

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Feds Commit $210 Million to Expand Biofuel Infrastructure

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is partnering with 21 states through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to nearly double the number of fueling pumps nationwide that supply renewable fuels to American motorists.

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New Pub Includes Solar Energy Provisions, Commentary

The new publication is the first of its kind to include solar energy code-related provisions, commentary and selected standards in a single, comprehensive resource to address the needs of the solar energy industry.

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Rural Communities Get Help Lowering Energy Costs

Funding may be used to improve energy generation, transmission or distribution facilities serving communities where the average residential expenditure for home energy exceeds 275% of the national average. Grant funds may not be used to pay utility bills or to purchase fuel.

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USDA Awards Grants for Biofuel Projects in 21 States

The Department of Agriculture is providing grant funds for biofuel projects in 21 states via the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP). The projects are designed to add infrastructure needed to supply more renewable fuel to America's drivers.

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AZ School District Rises to Meet ‘Better Buildings Challenge’

As part of the Obama administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings, the Department of Energy (DOE) this week recognized Arizona’s Dysart Unified School District (USD) for increasing its use of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies at 25 schools.

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