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The Office of Indian Energy 2023 Program Review was held November 13-16, 2023 in Denver, Colorado. Nearly 40 Tribal energy project presentations were given and over 200 people attended.
U.S. Department of Energy

The 2023 U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy Program Review was held the week of Nov. 13 at the Renaissance Denver Central Park Hotel.

This annual event is an opportunity for Tribal leaders and staff to meet, learn from other Tribes that are pursuing clean energy projects, and share in each other's successes. The 2023 Program Review is open to all of Indian Country and will feature project updates from Tribes across the nation who are leveraging Office of Indian Energy grant funding to deploy clean energy technology.


Monday, Nov. 13, 2023

U.S. Department of Energy Lizana PierceWelcome and Introductions
Ute Mountain Ute Bernadette CuthairInvocation
U.S. Department of Energy Wahleah Johns
David Conrad
Welcoming Remarks
U.S. Department of Energy Lizana PierceDOE Indian Energy Deployment Program Overview
U.S. Department of Energy Lizana PierceDOE Indian Energy Deployment Team Introductions
U.S. Department of Energy Lizana PierceAgenda Overview and Project Introductions
Picuris Pueblo Indian Tribe (NM)Wayne Yazza Jr
Les Rubin 
Pueblo of Picuris Community Solar System Phase II
Hualapai Indian Tribe (AZ)Kevin Davidson Building Resiliency into the Grand Canyon West Microgrid
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe (CO)Scott ClowTowaoc Housing Solar Initiative; White Mesa Solar Initiative
San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians (CA)John FloresSan Pasqual Band of Mission Indians (SPBMI) Community Solar 1;
SPBMI Microgrid

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023

Forest County Potawatomi Community (WI)Jerrald HauberCommunity-Scale Solar Photovoltaic for the Forest County Potawatomi Community; New Community Center Integrated EEMs and Solar Photovoltaic Generation System in the Forest County Potawatomi Community 
Spokane Indian Housing Authority (WA)Clyde AbrahamsonSpokane Reservation Residential Solar Energy Project
Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians (CA)David Smith-FerriRenewable Energy on Bi’du Khaale Housing and Community Center
Pala Band of Mission Indians (CA)Darold Wallick
Joshua Simmons
Pala Community Microgrids Project
Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians (CA)Joshua SimmonsRincon Government Center Microgrid Project; Rincon Solar Microgrid Project 
Seminole Tribe of Florida (FL)Harvey RambarathSeminole Rural Reservation Resiliency - Brighton Solar; Seminole Rural Reservation Resiliency Initiative 
Coeur d’Alene Tribe (ID)Laura LaumatiaCoeur Center Solar Project
Colusa Indian Community Council (CA)Ken AhmannReese Housing Power Project
Northern Cheyenne Tribe (MT)William Walks AlongWhite River Community Solar on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe (WA)Joseph Moses IIIMuckleshoot Indian Tribe - Energy Deployment (MIT-ED)

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2023

Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AK) (Joint Venture with Stebbins Native Corporation)Onya SteinStebbins and St. Michael Renewable Energy Construction Project
Northwest Arctic Borough (AK)Ingemar MathiassonHigh Penetration Solar and Battery Project in Noatak, Alaska
Igiugig Village Council (AK)Karl HillA Resilient and Autonomous Microgrid Powered by Marine Renewable Energy for the Village of Igiugig, Alaska 
Puvurnaq Power Company (AK) and Native Village of KongiganakRoderick Phillip
Patrick Boonstra
Native Village of Kongiganak/Puvurnaq Power Company 200kW Solar/PV Project 
Unalakleet Native Corporation (AK)Brian HirschUnalakleet Microgrid Optimization for Tribal Community Resilience 
Kawerak, Inc. (AK)Amanda Toerdal
Arlo Hannigan
Joshua Atghaghvik Cannon
Unaatuq Energy: Geothermal Technology for Pilgrim Hot Springs
Kipnuk Light Plant (AK)Patrick Boonstra Kipnuk Light Plant Battery Energy Storage Project
Village of Chefornak (AK)Patrick Boonstra Village of Chefornak Battery Energy Storage Project
Akiachak Native Community (AK)Edward GeorgeAkiachak Energy Efficiency Retrofit Project
Native Village of Tyonek (AK)Dana Truffer-MoudraTyonek Energy Efficiency Project
Village of Aniak (AK)Laura Simeon
Daisy Phillips
Aniak Energy Efficiency Retrofit Project

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2023

Oneida Indian Nation (NY)Karen SixOneida Indian Nation's Facility Energy Efficiency Project
Quinault Indian Nation (WA) Michael CardwellTaholah Relocation Integrated Energy System
Karuk Tribe (CA)Mike Rose
John McDonnell
Barry Coe
Community Scale Solar Energy Generating Systems
Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians (CA)Tad Williams
Daniel Gerro
Community Center & Administration Solar PV Project
Office of Indian Energy Internship ProgramSandra Begay
Sarah LaVallie
Sherry Sneezer
Veronique Arguello
Lummi Indian Business Council (WA)Sean LawrenceHealth and Wellness Center Solar PV Project
Pueblo of Laguna (NM)Anne OandasanPueblo of Laguna Village Community Solar
Penobscot Indian Nation (ME)Ben StevensGreen Building Project: Energy Efficiency and Energy Production at the Community Tribal Building 
Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (MI)Elizabeth Binoniemi-SmithJijak Gises Project
Spirit Lake Tribe (ND)Ryan Brown1.5 MW Community Wind Energy Project Near Fort Totten

Not in Attendance

La Jolla  Band of Luiseño Indians (CA)NALa Jolla Tribal Renewable Energy Development Project