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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy provides tribes and Alaska Natives with information on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and project development through webinars.

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2017 Expanding Tribal Energy Development through Partnerships Webinar Series

The Office of Indian Energy and the Western Area Power Administration co-sponsored the 2017 Expanding Tribal Energy Development through Partnerships webinar series as part of DOE’s coordinated efforts to support fiscally responsible energy business and economic development decision making and information sharing among tribes. The 11 webinars provided attendees with information on tools and resources available to develop and implement tribal energy plans, programs, and projects; tribal energy development case studies; and business strategies tribes can use to expand their energy options and develop sustainable local economies.

Date Webinar Description
02/22/2017 Indian Energy: Looking Back and Moving Forward Attendees will learn about the history of Indian energy in the United States, including key players and how energy development on tribal lands has changed over time. Attendees will also hear about the mission of the Office of Indian Energy, including its past successes and future plans, and how the Office adds value and reduces the web of government complexity for tribes interested in energy development and self-determination.
03/29/2017 Federal and State Policy: Advancing Strategic Energy Partnerships A number of federal laws and regulations can impact tribal energy activities and partnerships, so developing energy resources through partnerships can be complex. Attendees will learn about circumstances where state government regulatory responsibilities, services, and infrastructure benefits can impact communities (tribal and nontribal alike), and which federal requirements could impact energy projects on tribal lands depending upon the type of project, location, and size, among other considerations.
04/26/2017 Pitching Your Project

To move an energy project forward, project leaders need to succinctly and convincingly convey the project idea to “investors” such as private equity investors, a tribal council, or a tribal business board. In the investment world, this is known as a “pitch.” Regardless of the industry, the skill of pitching ideas is basically the same. In this webinar, participants will receive tips on how to improve their pitch to increase its likelihood of resulting in an investment. This webinar is designed to work hand-in-hand with the 2017 National Tribal Energy Summit May 1–3 in Washington, D.C., which will include a matchmaking session where attendees can pitch their projects to investors, lenders, and project developers.

05/31/2017 Spending Energy Dollars Wisely It all starts with understanding your current energy situation and prioritizing your energy opportunities. During this webinar, attendees will learn about a number of strategies, tools, and technical assistance opportunities to help develop a deliberate approach to maximizing energy dollars. Tribal guest speakers will share their successes and lessons learned in pursuing, developing and implementing strategic approaches to wise energy investments.
06/28/2017 What Energy Project Is Right for My Tribe? Attendees will learn how to identify the appropriate energy project, 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.

Effective Tribal Project Partnerships

Many tribes have entered into successful partnerships with universities, state and federal agencies, cities and counties, energy companies, electric utilities, and energy developers with the ultimate goal of developing energy projects as a means toward self-sufficiency and self-determination, and to strengthen economic development opportunities on Indian lands. Partnership activities have run the gambit from oil and natural gas development to renewable energy development, feasibility studies, tribal utility formation, and access to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) resources. In this webinar, attendees will hear about successful partnerships and how the successes can be replicated. We encourage tribal nations and energy industry professionals interested in expanding their energy resource options and increasing economic development and self-determination activities to attend.
08/30/2017 Powering Your Community with Tribal Energy Developing an energy project involves many different parties, including utilities, government agencies, developers, grid operators, and financing parties. Speakers will address the steps to developing a 1- to 2-megawatt energy project located on property owned or controlled by a tribe to serve the energy needs of the tribal community. 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; and determining how the project will be connected to the grid, operated, maintained, and utilized to the fullest benefit of the tribe.
09/27/2017 Fundamentals of Organized Energy Markets for Tribes Tribes interested in selling energy into the wholesale electricity market will see major changes with the advent of independent system operators, regional transmission organizations, and energy imbalance markets. Attendees will learn about power marketing administrations and organized energy markets, as well as how establishments such as the Southwest Power Pool and California Independent System Operator are expanding to create more opportunities for those looking to expand their energy resource options or buy and sell energy resources, especially those on tribal lands.
10/25/2017 Opportunities for Tribes to Work Together There are many benefits associated with tribes collaborating in the power industry. Attendees will learn about generation-transmission cooperatives and joint action agencies as potential business models to jointly own, procure, and build new transmission and power generation projects, as well as other partnership opportunities that can support tribal energy development and self-determination on tribal lands.
11/29/2017 Essential Tribal and Utility Relationships Electric utilities that serve tribal loads can provide a number of beneficial services that are essential to tribal self-sufficiency and self-determination, and to strengthening economic development opportunities on Indian lands. Services can range from customized rate tariffs to line extensions and energy services, among other offerings. Additionally, utilities can become partners with tribal organizations on a variety of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and power generation projects and programs. Tribal representatives can also attend utility meetings, and join utility advisory groups and boards to play a greater role in the utility’s governance. Tribal organizations can also form their own electric utilities in those circumstances where the local serving utility does not meet the current or future needs of the tribal organization. 
12/13/2017 Economic Market Potential on Tribal Lands and Interactive Tools for Assessments Developing conventional and renewable energy resources on tribal lands presents significant economic opportunities. Tribal lands consist of more than 56 million acres, representing about 2.3% of the total U.S. land base and an estimated 17.1 million acres of existing and potential fossil energy and mineral resources and vast, untapped renewable energy potential. Attendees will learn about the economic potential of indigenous conventional and renewable energy resources, and the tools available for economic and energy supply assessments.

2016 Tribal Energy and Economic Development Webinar Series

The Office of Indian Energy, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration, sponsored the 2016 Tribal Energy and Economic Development webinar series to assist tribes and Alaska Native villages interested in deploying energy projects to increase energy self-sufficiency, reduce energy costs, and strengthen tribal energy infrastructure.

Webinar Date Title Description
01/27/2016 Energy Planning for Tribal Economic Development Attendees will learn from experienced tribal energy planning and development facilitators and tribal project leaders about tools and resources to establish clean, diverse, and economically viable energy plans based on energy efficiency and wise use of renewable resources, with maximum local control and ownership of energy issues.
02/24/2016 Explore Your Energy Market Attendees will explore energy markets, wholesale price drivers, and other factors involved in putting tribal energy deals together.
03/30/2016 Transmission and Grid Basics for Tribal Economic and Energy Development Attendees will learn a wide range of topics, including transmission markets, management, and ownership structures; interconnection request processes and timelines; transmission planning and operations; and grid fundamentals.
05/04/2016 Understanding the Energy Policy and Regulatory Environment Attendees will learn about federal, regional, and state policies and regulations as they pertain to energy development and how tribal and inter-tribal policies, including community aggregation, can be implemented to ensure a sustainable energy future.
05/25/2016 Tribal Business Structures for Financing Projects There are six different structures available to tribes to diversify their economic portfolios by creating business structures for their energy businesses. No single structure will work for every tribe, or even every tribally owned business. Learn about each of these business structures, their advantages, disadvantages, and examples, as well as how to select the best structure to fit your tribe’s goals and existing codes and laws. 
06/29/2016 Tribal Clean Energy for Sovereignty and Economic Development Learn about the economic development potential and job creation benefits of clean energy projects on tribal lands through case studies presented by two Indian tribes with defined long-term energy goals, and discover a modeling tool for quantifying the economic impacts.
07/27/2016 Project Development for Long Term Tribal Energy  Speakers cover how to determine project savings and production potential estimates, define project options, refine the project, implement the project, and plan for operations and maintenance.
08/31/2016 Project Regulatory Considerations Learn about the many permitting and project regulatory issues that need to be addressed when developing energy projects. 
09/28/2016 Strategic Partnerships for Clean Energy and Economic Partnerships Learn how partnerships can help align economic development and clean energy development strategies and policies, leverage resources, reduce or remove policy and program barriers and silos, and identify the emerging opportunities and challenges clean energy industries face in the near and long term. 
10/26/2016 Accessing Capital for Tribal Energy and Economic Development The webinar covered details of financing renewable projects, use of federal and state incentives, and local resources and partnerships that can help develop creative project financing terms and structures. Also it described information on tax credits and incentives available via DOE’s Database for State Incentives for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. 
11/30/2016 Energy and Economic Success Studies Learn about successful projects that contributed to over 320 buildings being audited or retrofitted, moved more than 580 MW of renewable energy projects toward development, assessed the potential for more than 4,000 MW of renewable energy generation, and trained more than 170 tribal members on energy topics.