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Karen Petersen is a communications strategist in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Communications & Public Affairs Office. With more than 25 years of private-sector experience in publishing and marketing, Ms. Petersen specializes in writing, editing, strategic communications planning, and brand development. In addition to serving as the Tribal Energy Program communications lead from 2010 through 2015, she actively supported the development of the DOE Office of Indian Energy’s communications strategy, brand identity, and outreach materials. Ms. Petersen also served as the communications lead for DOE-led clean energy initiatives in Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Most Recent by Karen Petersen

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe’s Perseverance Pays as Solar Takes Off
July 20, 2020
DOE awards funding for second solar project after 1-megawatt system goes live.
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Old Ways Fuel Future Vision, Local Economy for Alaska Native Village
March 31, 2020
Huslia’s wood biomass system saves money, creates jobs, and keeps energy dollars in the community.
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Tribe Sees Big Payout, Bright Future in Solar Energy
March 20, 2020
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ 700-kilowatt solar system cuts costs, generates energy and optimism.
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Indian Energy Champion: Joey Owle
February 19, 2020
Learn more about Owle's role in the 705-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians installed.
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Indian Energy Champion: Bernadette Cuthair
December 16, 2019
Director of Planning & Development for the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe talks about her role in advancing the Tribe’s energy goals.
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Can Solar Work in Alaska? Hughes Village Says Yes.
February 6, 2019
The Native Village of Hughes just installed the bones of a 120-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system that will cut diesel use and costs.
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Tribal Housing Authorities: Advancing Energy Projects Through Informed Collaboration
May 10, 2016
Tribal housing authorities often play a major role in facilitating energy development projects for the communities they serve. In fact, of the 16 p...
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New Osage Nation Facilities Deliver High Energy Performance, Comfort, and Cost Savings
December 29, 2015

The Osage Nation (OK) celebrated the opening of two state-of-the-art tribal government buildings designed with energy efficiency, comfort, and cost...

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USDA Awards Nearly $2 Million for First Phase of Regenerative Community Planned for Pine Ridge Reservation
July 2, 2015
On June 22, the Oglala Lakota Community on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new sustainable and energy-self-s...
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