Sen. Schatz Comments on New Direct Loans To Bolster Tribal Energy Development

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement on the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) announcement of new direct loans for tribal energy development, as authorized under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022.

“Energy is a significant and growing economic powerhouse for many tribes, which is why Congress acted to open up tribal access to lower interest rates and more capital for energy projects,” said Chairman Schatz. “Today’s announcement is the next step in advancing tribal energy development. I look forward to building on this progress through the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which includes additional funding and loan guarantees to support energy development for tribes.”

DOE published a supplement to the Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program (TELGP) solicitation to implement the new direct lending authority. The solicitation update provides eligible tribes and other organizations the ability to apply for direct loans for eligible energy projects through the U.S. Treasury’s Federal Financing Bank.