The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy provides tribes and Alaska Natives with information on energy efficiency and energy technologies and project development through webinars and online curriculum.
Register for upcoming webinars below or access past webinars. All webinars are offered at no cost and scheduled at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain Time (MT) the last Wednesday of each month.
2019 Tribal Energy Webinar Series
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Energy development is a powerful tool to help bring economic growth, jobs, and independence to tribal communities. As such, there is significant interest in pursuing energy development in Indian Country—but difficulty understanding energy jargon or energy concepts can be a barrier to getting started. This webinar will provide individuals with an introduction to energy and familiarize attendees with important concepts and terminology. Attendees will also learn about publicly available resources that can help build their energy knowledge base.
It can be challenging to identify suitable tribal energy projects and decide how to initiate their development unless you have a general idea of the physical requirements (e.g., land), cost, and performance characteristics of various technologies. This webinar will provide attendees with tips and insights on how to perform simple, fast, and effective initial scoping of potential projects. Attendees will learn how to answer questions such as: How much energy can this project make? Approximately how much land will this project require? What will be the approximate capital and operating costs? They will also walk away with an overview of the tools available to assist in answering those questions.
Among the benefits of energy project development to tribal communities are the jobs and economic development that come with local investment. This webinar will share tools and methods tribes can use to estimate the jobs and broader economic benefits of energy projects. The webinar will also feature case studies from tribes that have successfully created jobs and economic development through energy development.
The most cost-effective time to reduce a building’s energy consumption is during the design phase. At this stage, energy-saving features can be integrated into the design in ways that are much more economical than a post construction retrofit/remodel. This webinar will discuss many opportunities to reduce the thermal and electrical energy cost of operating a building, from passive solar design and energy efficient technologies to building materials and various types of certifications and building codes. Case studies will highlight successes and lessons learned from tribes that have recently built new commercial and residential buildings.
Land lease, service line, and right-of-way agreements are key to developing energy projects on tribal lands. This webinar will explore some of the nuances of these agreements with the goal of giving attendees greater understanding of not only their importance in the development process but how they work—including how right-of-way agreements can serve as valuable tools for tribes looking to leverage their land ownership for regional influence and/or financial benefit.
Case studies can be both very informative and inspirational. This webinar will delve into the details of successful tribal energy development structures and examine how those business structures impacted project financing and development. Presenters will focus on identifying key decisions and approaches that contributed to their success.
Tribes interested in developing energy and minerals on their lands have resources and assistance available from the federal government. Learn about three organizations providing assistance to tribes for energy development. Speakers from DOE’s Office of Indian Energy, U.S. Department of Interior’s Division of Energy and Mineral Development, and the Indian Energy Service Center will cover their organization’s mission and resources, with Q&A to follow.
In recent years, tribes have shown increased interest in microgrids. Among the reasons for this interest is the potential for microgrids to help tribal communities improve resilience, use local energy resources, and control energy costs. However, the potential benefits of microgrids are highly dependent on the variables of each specific situation. This webinar will provide attendees with information that can assist tribal governments and project leaders in identifying microgrid opportunities suited to their unique situations. Attendees will also learn the reasons other tribes have embarked on developing microgrids.