Huffman Announces $6.8 Million from President’s Investing in America Agenda to Electrify Homes in CA-02 Tribal Communities with Clean Energy

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Press release from Caltrans:

U.S. Representative Jared Huffman (CA-02) announced $6.8 million from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda to help tribal communities in California electrify homes. This funding is part of a $72 million nationwide investment from the Inflation Reduction Act—the largest ever investment in climate — and is a critical step toward the goal of electrifying all homes in the United States with clean energy sources. It advances the Biden-Harris administration’s work to reach a carbon pollution-free electricity sector by 2035. The funding has been allocated as follows: $3,271,068 for the Yurok Tribe and $3,552,350 for the Guidiville Rancheria of California.   

“We cannot leave tribal communities behind in our transition to a clean energy future. Thanks to this funding I helped secure in the Inflation Reduction Act, the Yurok Tribe and Guidiville Rancheria of California are getting a much-needed infusion of money to boost their clean energy infrastructure build-out, further closing the electricity divide in native communities,” said Rep. Huffman.   

This first round of funding from the Office of Indian Affairs’ Tribal Electrification Program will provide financial and technical assistance to 21 Tribes to connect homes to transmission and distribution that is powered by clean energy; provide electricity to unelectrified Tribal homes through zero-emissions energy systems; transition electrified Tribal homes to zero-emissions energy systems; and support associated home repairs and retrofitting necessary to install the zero-emissions energy systems. The program will also support clean energy workforce development opportunities in Indian Country. 

“Every home deserves to have access to reliable, affordable electricity – and now, with historic investments from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, we’re bringing much-needed resources to Indian Country to electrify homes with abundant clean energy sources,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “As we implement this new and innovative program, we will continue to support Tribal communities as they work to develop their electricity infrastructure and help meet our shared clean energy goals.” 

In 2000, the Energy Information Administration issued a report which estimated that 14 percent of households on Native American reservations had no access to electricity, which was 10 times higher than the national average. In 2022, the Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy issued a report citing that 16,805 total Tribal homes were unelectrified, with most being in the Southwest region and Alaska. By recognizing that each Tribe has its own energy- and electrification-related needs and implementation capacity, this program will meet the unique needs of individual Tribal communities.  

The Tribal Electrification Program also advances the Biden-Harris administration’s Justice40 Initiative, which was established by President Biden as part of his January 2021 Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, and which set the goal that 40 percent of the overall benefits of certain federal investments flow to disadvantaged communities that have been marginalized by underinvestment and overburdened by pollution, including federally recognized Tribal Nations, which are recognized as Justice40 communities.   

A second round of funding availability is expected to be announced in the spring of 2024.   

For more information, visit the BIA’s interactive map on projects in Tribal communities funded through the bureau under the Investing in America agenda.  

 

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Bozo
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Bozo
3 months ago

>”…unelectrified Tribal homes through zero-emissions energy systems; transition electrified Tribal homes to zero-emissions energy systems; and support associated home repairs and retrofitting necessary to install the zero-emissions energy systems. The program will also support clean energy workforce development opportunities in Indian Country. ”

A joke… will somebody tell me this is a joke ?

Mr. Clark
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Mr. Clark
3 months ago
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remember the manufactured home factory in Hoopa? What is it now?

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Espino
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Espino
3 months ago
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No joke, and you’re paying for this nonsense.

Mr. Clark
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Mr. Clark
3 months ago

More waste.
And Huffman wants to put his name on Good ol Joe’s progressive scam?
”clean energy sources”? You have that choice now on your bill. YOU can pay more for wind and solar power. So, more lies by Joe and Jer.
I have been to hundreds of Native homes and only three had off grid power. NONE had ”no” power. This is in Humboldt im talking about. Joe and Jer are talking nationwide. So, Jer, your program will do little for the north coast. Thanks for wasting our time.

Canyon oak
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Canyon oak
3 months ago

Sovereignty in a nutshell

old guy
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old guy
3 months ago

the just us 40 initiative ?

Alf
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Alf
3 months ago

Another waste of tax dollars. One thing is certain, the way to reducing inflation IS NOT by spending millions of dollars. Democrat spending is the very reason inflation has been so bad. Yet, this pos Demonocrat keeps getting voted back in to do more damage on every level. I think the old saying needs to be changed to stupid is as Democrat does.

Country Joe
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3 months ago

I could sure use a free electrified solar home from OBiden.