A free webinar called “What Energy Project Is Right for My Tribe?" will take place Wednesday, June 28, 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.
Attendees will learn how to identify the appropriate energy project for their tribe, whether it's a small renewable energy project for a single tribal residence or building, a tribal community project, or a utility-scale project requiring transmission interconnection and off-take through a power purchase agreement. Speakers will explore the pros and cons of ownership and leasing, the differences among various renewable and conventional technologies, and potential project barriers. Speakers will also share information on tools and resources available to help tribes evaluate options and move forward.
The webinar will begin with introductions from Randy Manion of the Western Area Power Administration and Lizana Pierce of the Office of Indian Energy.
Jimmy Salasovich of DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory will share information on models and tools available to evaluate project options, followed by a presentation from Stephen Manydeeds, Chief of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Division of Energy and Mineral Development (DEMD), on additional resources and tools offered by DEMD.
The webinar will conclude with a case study from John Hendrix of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, who in 2002 conducted energy feasibility studies to assess project options with the support of an Office of Indian Energy grant, and in 2016 developed a strategic energy plan with technical assistance from the Office of Indian Energy.
There is no cost to attend the webinar, but advance registration is required. Register for the webinar.
If you've missed any of the webinars in our monthly series, you can listen to and download presentations from past webinars on our website.