The White House transmitted its Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request to Congress on February 2, 2015. Overall, the budget includes over $7.4 billion in funding for clean energy technology programs across the federal agencies.
Most relevant to Indian tribes, tribal utilities, and tribal business are funding requests to continue existing energy and related environmental programs, as well as a few new initiatives, that support clean energy development and climate change resiliency efforts on tribal lands. Starting with the Department of Energy, the budget requests $20 million for the Office of Indian Energy for financial and technical assistance, capacity building, and deployment of energy, energy infrastructure, microgrids, and energy efficiency projects.
A newly proposed initiative is the Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program, with a request of $11 million. The loan guarantee program would provide underwriting and credit subsidies for loan guarantees for tribally owned energy generation projects.
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