The Tribal Energy Program and the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy have teamed up with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to host two back-to-back events for Native American tribes interested in developing renewable energy on their lands. The Tribal Leader Forum on Tribal Energy and Economic Development: Tribal Utility Formation will take place July 27, followed by the Community-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Workshop July 28-29.
How to start a utility
The Tribal Leader Forum, at the Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, is the 11th in a series of planned strategic energy development forums sponsored by the Office of Indian Energy. The focus will be on the tribal utility as a structure for long-term economic growth to meet the needs of tribal communities. Tribal leaders and staff will have the opportunity to interact with other tribes, federal agencies and energy industry experts to learn more about tribal utility formation and regulation.
A blend of informative sessions and interactive roundtables will bring beginners and experienced practitioners together for a national dialogue on fundamentals and best practices for tribal utilities. Forum objectives include:
- Exploring the fundamental opportunities and challenges of capturing the benefits of tribal energy from the perspective of tribal utilities
- Gaining a better understanding of the role, function and power of the tribal utility in achieving tribal policies
- Establishing an ongoing dialogue among tribal leaders to help shape the future of tribal energy and tribal utilities.
Focus on five steps
The Community-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Workshop, July 28-29, is a unique opportunity to learn from renewable energy project experts. Attendees will get hands-on experience using technology resource assessment tools, explore project case studies and hear about lessons learned from other tribes.
The interactive workshop is based on a dynamic new curriculum designed to walk participants through the five steps necessary to develop and finance renewable energy projects on tribal lands:
- Assessing project potential
- Determining technology options
- Refining the project
- Implementing financing and construction
- Planning for project operation and maintenance
This event will be held at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Albuquerque Historic Old Town, and feature a tour of Sandia National Laboratories. Coffee, a light breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack are included in the registration fee.
The forum and workshop are limited to elected tribal leaders, tribal executives and tribal staff. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. RSVP now to secure your spot by email or by calling 303-275-3005.
The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Albuquerque Historic Old Town is offering a limited block of rooms at a discounted rate of $94.99 single or double occupancy per room per night. A limited number of government per diem rate rooms are also available upon request. Make reservations by calling 505-842-5000.
Source: DOE Office of Indian Energy, 7/6/15