Tribal leaders are invited to join U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm for a nation-to-nation roundtable discussion of a key question: How can the U.S. Department of Energy strengthen tribal energy sovereignty?

The Biden Administration is committed to ensuring tribal participation in the nation's historic transition to a clean energy future. Many federally recognized tribes have already begun their journey toward tribal clean energy sovereignty, stronger economies, and addressing climate change challenges.

The Summit is an opportunity for tribal leaders and key energy partners to discuss how to make more progress toward tribal clean energy goals. 

Livestream

Sessions from the Key Energy Partner and Stakeholders agenda will be livestreamed on this web page on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET and on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET. The livestream can also be viewed on DOE's YouTube channel.

Tribal leader sessions with Secretary Granholm are closed to the public and will not be streamed.

You can view the Day 1 livestream recording on YouTube.

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When

Oct. 4-5, 2022

Where

JW Marriott Washington, DC
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004

What To Expect

This nation-to-nation roundtable discussion between tribal leaders, Secretary Granholm, and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) senior leadership will explore how tribes can harness clean energy to enhance energy sovereignty, address climate resilience, and build stronger economies.

Tribal leader participants will also learn more about key DOE programs and funding, and engage with senior DOE leaders on:

  • Federal energy programs and opportunities such as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act 
  • Increasing access to energy project finance and capital
  • Energy access, security, reliability, and transition issues
  • Workforce development and transition
  • Ensuring consultation and meaningful tribal leader participation in national energy infrastructure decision making. 

Other key energy partners are invited to participate in a separate and highly impactful track with focused briefings and discussions about DOE opportunities for funding, technical assistance, loans, as well as evolving technologies in the clean energy economy.

Agenda

Please note that certain sessions will only be available to tribal leaders and one primary energy point of contact for each tribe. A separate and highly impactful track will be available for other participants.

For tribal leaders: a high-level overview of key DOE programs, a moderated tribal leader-focused caucus discussion, and a facilitated roundtable discussion on tribal energy sovereignty with Secretary Granholm.

For other key energy attendees: a separate and highly impactful track with DOE briefings on current developments and opportunities, as well as key external strategies to support tribal energy infrastructure development and advance tribal energy security and sovereignty.

This web page will be continually updated to reflect further agenda and event details.

Lodging and Transportation

Please note that the group room block at the JW Marriott is sold out. Individuals may still contact the JW Marriott, or other nearby hotels, to check for availability. 

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to the meeting. 

Registration

Registration is now closed.

To join the waitlist, please email morgan.luckey@cbfo.doe.gov with your name, contact information, and tribal, state, or federal affiliation, if applicable. You will be notified if your request to attend can be accommodated. If not, please note that the sessions for energy development participants will be livestreamed on this web page.

Registration FAQ

Q: Who can attend? 
A: Preference will be given to tribal leaders and their primary tribal energy point of contact (a designee who will accompany the tribal leader to meetings with Secretary Granholm). Other key tribal energy advisors and key energy partners are welcome to attend. 

Q: If I am not a tribal leader can I register to attend?
A: Key tribal energy advisors and energy partners are welcome to attend. The facilitated tribal leader roundtable with DOE leadership is limited to elected tribal leaders and one senior energy point of contact per tribe. A separate and highly impactful track of programming will be available to other attendees.

Q: If I have already registered and made travel arrangements but am not a tribal leader, is there an option for my attendance?
A: Yes, a separate and highly impactful track of programming will be available to other attendees. 

Q: If I cannot attend in person is there a virtual option?
A: There will be a virtual option for the public stakeholder tribal program briefing series, but virtual attendance of the tribal leader dialogue with DOE leadership will not be available.
 

Contact

If you have any questions about the Summit, please email tribalenergy@ncsl.org.

The DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, along with the DOE Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, hosts these summits in collaboration with the National Conference of State Legislatures.