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State Awards $2 Million to 10 California Native American Tribes for Climate and Clean Energy Projects

Funds support planning for energy efficiency, storage, renewable generation and more


SACRAMENTO - January 15, 2021 ( Newswire) California Native American Tribes taking action on climate change are getting a boost from a new State program designed to support tribally led efforts.

Nearly $2 million awarded through the Tribal Government Challenge Planning Grant Program will support projects that identify solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve clean energy access, and advance climate resiliency on Tribal lands and in tribal communities.

"California recognizes the leadership of Tribes in advancing strong clean air standards as well as ambitious climate and energy goals," said Christina Snider, Tribal Advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom. "These grants provide opportunities to focus on new Tribal climate and energy planning activities."

Funded by the California Energy Commission (CEC) and administered in partnership with the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC), the program focuses on the unique needs of Tribal governments and the valuable ongoing role Tribes serve in helping the State achieve its climate goals.

"The CEC is proud to provide funding to support Tribal climate leadership through this unique initiative," said CEC Commissioner Karen Douglas. "These tribally-driven projects will bring important research and technological gains while helping ensure all communities benefit from access to the state's clean energy investments."

The grants range from $215,000 to $250,000 and support planning for a variety of climate change and clean energy projects, including energy storage, renewables, biomass, and community and energy resilience to climate impacts.

"The California Strategic Growth Council Team looks forward to building relationships and collaborating with the Tribal Government Challenge grantees to ensure projects advance Tribes' goals and priorities around climate change, energy, and resilience," said Louise Bedsworth, SGC's Executive Director. "We commend all of the applicants for submitting thoughtful proposals and are eager to support the awardees as they begin their planning processes."

The Tribal Government Challenge Program is also supporting a Statewide Gap Analysis to provide an assessment of Tribes' clean energy and climate change adaptation and resilience priorities. The analysis is led by Glendora-based firm Prosper Sustainability along with a consulting team including tribal professionals, and women- and Native American-owned businesses, all with extensive experience working with California Native American Tribes.

Tribal Government Challenge Planning Grant awardees and projects include:

About the California Energy Commission

The California Energy Commission is leading the state to a 100 percent clean energy future. It has seven core responsibilities: developing renewable energy, transforming transportation, increasing energy efficiency, investing in energy innovation, advancing state energy policy, certifying thermal power plants, and preparing for energy emergencies.

About the California Strategic Growth Council

The California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) is a cabinet-level State body committed to health, thriving, and resilient communities for all. SGC coordinates and works collaboratively with public agencies, communities, and stakeholders to achieve sustainability, equity, economic prosperity, and high quality of life for all Californians.

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