A free webinar called “Powering Your Community with Tribal Energy” will take place Wednesday, August 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain Time. This webinar is part of the 2017 Expanding Tribal Energy Development Through Partnerships webinar series sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy and the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA). Developing an energy project involves many different parties, including utilities, government agencies, developers, and financers. In this webinar, speakers will address the steps to developing a community-scale (1- to 2-megawatt) energy project on tribal land. These steps include:
- Identifying an economically feasible site or building structure(s)
- Assessing the environmental regulations impacting the project
- Determining the local, state, and federal permits required to construct and operate the project
- Selling the electricity produced
- Leveraging government incentives
- Determining how the project will be connected to the grid, operated, maintained, and utilized to the fullest benefit of the tribe.
The webinar will begin with introductions from Randy Manion of WAPA and Lizana Pierce of the Office of Indian Energy. Otto VanGeet of DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory will present on resources available to tribes for energy project development, followed by tribal project case studies from the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians and Forest County Potawatomi Community.
There is no cost to attend the webinar, but advance registration is required. Register for the webinar.