State, Local, and Tribal Fiscal Year 2021 Highlights (Text Version)

This is the text version of NREL's State, Local, and Tribal Fiscal Year 2021 Highlights video.

The last year and a half has been different ... for all of us.

[Shots of empty streets and empty buses.]

We couldn't be together. We worked from home. We were challenged in new ways.

[Shots of family visiting with window between them, a remote worker, and COVID-19 testing.)

But being apart didn't prevent NREL's State, Local, and Tribal Program team from achieving global-scale energy goals ... one community at a time.

[Shots of NREL campus, people on a video conference, and a vegetable garden.]

NREL's State, Local, and Tribal Program found new ways to continue supporting communities on their journey to a secure, resilient, and equitable energy future. We worked with island and remote communities, with Native American tribes and Alaska Native villages, with cities and local jurisdictions, with all 50 states, and U.S. territories, and we supported the American people, working with government programs that create jobs, reduce energy use, and lower the cost of energy.

[Shots of a remote island village, buildings with solar panels, and a gathering of people.]

And we amplified the conversation on equitable energy access, ensuring our future energy systems benefit everyone.

[Eliza Hotchkiss, State, Local, Tribal (SLT), Acting Laboratory Program Manager (2021)] This program has significant impact, and our team is excited to be at the forefront of the clean energy transition, working alongside communities, tribal nations, and states.

[Megan Day, SLT Subprogram Lead] The state, local, and tribal levels is where the most ambitious clean energy goals are being set and achieved and where equity is increasingly prioritized in these transitions. So, NREL is building on top of more than a decade of experience working with communities through the State, Local, and Tribal program and we're looking forward to the next decade in improving our ability to support communities through technical assistance, tools, analysis, and resources to help them achieve their clean energy goals.

[Jordan Burns, SLT Subprogram Lead] The SLT Program is where energy research turns into energy action, one community at a time. Working with such diverse stakeholders reminds me that climate solutions are actually possible when the right people come together.

[Kevin McCabe, SLT Subprogram Lead] As a Native American myself, the most rewarding part of my work with the SLT Program has been the ability to directly support tribes in achieving their clean energy goals and to provide a voice for these communities that have been underserved for many years.

[Chuck Kurnik, SLT Subprogram Lead] I've been working with our program partners for over 10 years and seeing their passion and dedication to this program is truly inspiring.

[Liz Weber, SLT Subprogram Lead] That's why I love the love the SLT program the most ... is that I get to work with a diverse group of people at NREL from varying expertise and backgrounds that brings so much to the table with such enthusiasm and true commitment and passion for what they do. And we see it every day in the work that we do and the work that we produce. And I'm proud to be a part of that team.

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