The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and WAPA are once again co-sponsoring the Tribal Energy Webinar Series. The 2018 series of 11 webinars focuses on Tribal Sovereignty and Self-Determination through Community Energy Development. The free webinars are held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain Time the last Wednesday of each month, beginning in January and concluding in November.
Roughly two million American Indians and Alaska Natives from 567 federally recognized tribes live on or near 56.2 million acres of Indian land. These lands are also rich in energy resources that offer the tribes the opportunity for economic development and greater self-determination. The 2018 webinar series provides these diverse communities with the information and knowledge required to evaluate and prioritize their energy options.
Topics will cover establishing tribal consensus on energy goals and objectives; instituting short and long-range actions; and making informed technical, financial, market, policy, and regulatory decisions. Speakers will present tribal case studies highlighting proven energy development best practices. Attendees will discover tools and resources to facilitate and accelerate community energy and infrastructure development in Indian Country.
The series begins on Jan. 31 with Office of Indian Energy: Advancing Future Leaders through STEM. This webinar will highlight the college student internship program for Native students interested in energy project planning and development activities. Former interns will talk about their experience with experts in the field and at DOE’s national laboratories, and how the program helped them make a positive impact in Indian Country. Applications are now being accepted through February 19 for the summer 2018 internship opportunity.
The rest of the schedule builds on past series with an emphasis on process, action and community-wide engagement:
- Feb. 28 – Steps Toward Your Tribal Community Energy Future
- March 28 – Energy Opportunities in Tribal Housing
- April 25 – Best Practices in Tribal Energy Business Models
- May 30 – Understanding the Power Grid and Organized Markets
- June 27 – Evaluating Tribal Utility Authority Opportunities
- July 25 – Request For Proposal (RFP) Strategies for Tribal Community Energy Projects
- Aug. 29 – Utility-Scale Energy Development
- Sept. 26 – Facility- and Community-Scale Project Development
- Oct. 31 – Distributed Energy Technology Trends and Costs
- Nov. 30 – Tribal Microgrid Case Studies
There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Attendees must have Internet access, computer compatibility with GoToMeeting software, and a phone line.
Source: DOE Office of Indian Energy via Green Power News, 1/19/18