Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs

November 28 Webinar to Highlight Tribal Microgrid Case Studies

November 9, 2018

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, in partnership with the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), is hosting a free webinar titled “Tribal Microgrid Case Studies” on Wednesday, November 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain Time. This is the final webinar in the 2018 Tribal Sovereignty and Self-Determination through Community Energy Development webinar series.

As microgrid technology continues to become more affordable, reliable, and advanced, tribes are looking at microgrids as a viable option to provide electric service to their members. This webinar will provide an overview of microgrid systems and technologies and how they can be used in tribal communities for emergency situations, to provide reliability, or to increase independence. Speakers will highlight the benefits and challenges for tribes considering developing, owning, and operating a microgrid. Case studies will share the reasons for and lessons learned by tribes that have successfully developed their own microgrids.

The webinar will feature the following presentations and speakers:

  • An overview of microgrid technologies and summary of the DOE microgrid R&D program from Dan Ton, Program Manager of Smart Grid R&D for the DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
  • A case study on the Blue Lake Rancheria microgrid from Jana Ganion, Blue Lake Rancheria Energy Director
  • A case study on the Citizen Potawatomi Nation 10-megawatt microgrid from David Thomasson, Citizen Potawatomi Nation Energy Services Project Organizer.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Register now for this webinar, and view past webinars from the 2018 Tribal Sovereignty and Self-Determination through Community Energy Development webinar series.