2nd Annual Seminole Tribe of Florida Renewable Energy and Sustainability Conference – Session Descriptions

Commissioning Casinos, Hotels and Resorts

Wednesday, February 6 at 2:00-3:00PM

Presenters: Bill Bradford, P.E., Hanson Professional Services Inc.; Wade Conlan, P.E., CxA, CPMP, LEED AP, Hanson Professional Services, Inc.

Session Description:

Commissioning is a quality control process that provides Risk Management for the Owner of the design, construction, start-up, operation and maintenance of the systems serving the buildings. Commissioning must be adapted to meet the specific needs of the buildings and systems to which it is applied.

This session will cover some of the nuances for commissioning of systems such as the atypical systems utilized in Casinos, Hotels and Resorts. Real life examples of typical issues uncovered through the commissioning process will be presented for both new construction projects and existing facilities.

Deploying Clean Energy on the Winnebago Reservation

Wednesday, February 6 at 1:00-2:00 PM

Presenters: Ann Marie Bledsoe-Downes, Ho-Chunk, Inc.

Session Description:

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and Ho-Chunk, Inc. began their investment in renewable energy around 2008. Their efforts increased greatly in 2017 with an award from the Department of Energy’s Office of Indian Energy.

A second award was made in 2018 which doubled the solar capacity on the reservation. This presentation will provide an overview of the two grant projects and will also focus on the backdrop of economic and political stability that fostered the ability to make this investment in community scale solar.

A short description of lessons learned, critical success factors in the management and execution of these grants, and discussion of potential future plans for the Winnebago Tribe will also be provided.

Developing Design & Sustainability Standards

Tuesday, February 5 at 2:45-3:45 PM

Presenters: Bill Bradford, P.E., Hanson Professional Services, Inc.; Brad Perrott, P.E., LEED AP, Hanson Professional Services, Inc.; Eric Luttmann, AIA, Wantman Group, Inc; Jeff Benavides L.E., Rigby Innovations;

Session Description:

The goal of creating design and sustainability standards is to conserve current resources while creating a plan for using less resources in the future. The standards should include aspects of sustainability, resiliency, renewable energy, energy storage and optimization.

The session will discuss such topics as high performance construction standards, energy and water efficiency, renewable energy and energy storage, site sustainability, indoor environmental quality and potential energy grants; all the while considering the importance of stewardship of the environment to protect it for future generations.

Distributed Generation Projects at the Seneca Nation

Thursday, February 7 at 9:30 -10:30 AM

Presenters: Anthony Giacobbe, Seneca Nation

Session Description:

With the ultimate goal of energy independence, the Seneca Nation began investing in renewable energy in 2014.  The Seneca Nation has installed 3.7MW of renewable power on territory over the past two years with additional projects in various stages of implementation.  This presentation will discuss the project development process, financing options, challenges and lessons learned.

Enhancing Energy Sovereignty through Tribal Utility Formation

Wednesday, February 6 at 9:15-10:30 AM

Presenters: John B. Lewis, Avant Energy; Jake Glavin, Avant Energy

Session Description:

A Tribe’s sovereignty, environmental footprint, economic development opportunities and Tribal Member quality of life are all impacted by how the Tribe is powered. Many Tribes are powered by large utilities. Some Tribes are forming their own. Learn about how tribal utilities are creating long-term value for Tribes.

First Nations Energy Initiatives, Treaties That Create Business Opportunities

Wednesday, February 6 at 10:45-11:45 AM

Presenters: Dan Miskokomon, Walpole Island First Nation Bkejwanong Territory; Stephen W Tooshkenig, Giiwedin Noodin First Nation Energy; Lyle Johnson,Giiwedin Noodin First Nation Energy

Funding & Grant Writing for Energy Projects Part 1 & 2

Thursday, February 7 at 1:30 -2:30 PM (Part 1), 2:30 -3:30 PM (Part 2)

Presenters: Brandi Liberty, Morning Star Consulting

Session Description:

Whether you’re new to grant writing or needing a refresher on proposal development for your Energy Projects this workshop is for you. In this workshop, you’ll learn the basic approaches to develop a winning proposal. Learning how to develop your project team, understanding the solicitations and scoring criteria, and determining your project goals and objectives are all important aspects to proposal development.

As a tribal organization in a highly competitive funding world, you can’t afford to make mistakes when preparing your proposal. Understanding a targeted approach in proposal development can make a difference to your Tribe and help your grant team bring in additional funding for energy programs and activities.

Planning for Tribal Energy Projects

Tuesday, February 5 at 9:30-10:30 AM

Planning & Developing Tribal Energy  Projects

Tuesday, February 5 at 10:45-11:30 AM

Presenters: Michelle Holiday, Michelle Holiday & Associates

This topic will assist in understanding the fundamentals of the energy market as well as the considerations of planning for a tribal energy project. Strategic analysis, collaboration and the initial process of the formation of goals and objectives is essential for successful outcomes in the pursuit of sustainable, renewable energy projects. The process will allow you to make more informed decisions of all aspects of a renewable project. The strategic analysis will assist to determine your strategy, the energy plan, and possible paths for the desired energy goal(s).

Solar Lighting in Tribal Communities – Efficient and Secure

Tuesday, February 5 at 1:00-2:30 PM

Presenters: Scott Douglas, Greenshine New Energy, LLC; Eric Trerotola, Greenshine New Energy, LLC

Session Description:

An overview of how the use of solar lights can help reduce energy costs and lower crime rates within the Tribal community.

Strategies for Rapid, Cost-effective Transitions to Zero-carbon, Resilient, and Healthier Communities

Thursday, February 7 at 10:45 -11:45AM

Presenters: Jana Ganion, Blue Lake Rancheria

Session Description:

The most recent report from the International Panel on Climate Change clearly (and unavoidably) states: we have only a decade to achieve massive reductions in carbon emissions to avoid the worst impacts of climate change (impacts Florida has experienced with Hurricane Michael, sea level rise, salt water intrusions, and other urgent issues). The good news is that we have the technology and the skills to make this happen, and within this aggressive timeline. The drive to zero carbon energy and transportation is the ‘moon shot’ of now and the next decade, and Tribes are the NASA of this effort: Tribes are taking the lead. For strategies (such as net metering aggregation and carbon pricing) and tactics (like solar + battery storage and microgrids) to rapidly transition to clean, healthy, sustainable communities with a cornerstone of truly clean energy and transportation, please join me.

Using Low Income Housing Tax Credits or New Market Tax Credits for Renewable Energy Projects

Wednesday, February 6 3:15-4:15 PM

Presenters: Michael Bland, Travois New Markets; Adam Rose, Travois Holding, Inc.

Session Description:

“The Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) programs are a flexible, leveraging source for funding your housing and economic development goals. Travois will summarize each program, eligibility requirements, ongoing compliance and provide project examples that incorporated renewable green energy technologies.”