The Department of Energy, Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs announced on May 30, 2017 this year’s recipients of grant funding through the “first steps towards developing renewable energy and energy efficiency on tribal lands” program. The Pueblo of Acoma is one of 19 tribal communities across the country that was selected from this highly competitive grant process. The Pueblo of Acoma Utility Authority will use these and other funds to establish an energy division within the Utility Authority to accompany the Water/Wastewater Department, Public Works Department and the Solid Waste Department.
Its long-term mission is to provide safe and reliable utility services to the community at an affordable cost, while promoting conservation and efficiency. Specifically, this project will develop a transparent structure, rules, and regulations for the energy utility; build human capacity by training and hiring utility managers and staff; and develop a five-year plan for the energy utility and an operations and maintenance plan that includes potential capital expenses.
For more information on the 19 projects selected and the funding amounts that were awarded to each tribe, please view the following press release.