The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy and the U.S. Department of the Interior hosted a Tribal Renewable Energy Workshop Sept. 7–8, 2016, at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado.

Representatives from Indian tribes, federal and state government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and private industry gave presentations and led discussions on the burgeoning opportunity for tribes to benefit from renewable energy development on tribal lands, including:

  • State, national, and international developments driving changes in the renewable energy marketplace
  • Federal technical and financial assistance available to tribes interested in developing renewable energy
  • Changing market dynamics, policies, and incentives that support tribal investments in clean energy development
  • Tribal/private partnership opportunities
  • Tribal case studies and lessons learned.

View presentations below.

Day 1

Opening Remarks 
Session 1: 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Opportunities Created by Recent Developments in Energy Policy, Economics, and Marketing

  • State Renewable Portfolio Standards
  • Federal Clean Power Plan
    • Status; legal challenges; state, environmental and private sector perspectives
  • Extension of Federal Tax Incentives
    • What are they?
    • How long are they currently available?
    • How have they been used in project financing?
    • How can tribes take advantage of them?
Session 2: 11:00-11:30 a.m.Corporate Commitments to Renewable Energy and Sustainability

Session 3: 11:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Changing Energy Sector

  • What are utilities doing to adapt to changes and take advantage of opportunities?
  • How are the economics of renewables changing?
    • What are the current projections for renewables' share of future energy production?
Session 4: 1-2 p.m.Tribal Case Studies and Lessons Learned
Session 5: 2-3 p.m.

Renewable Energy Technology Challenges and Opportunities

Session 6: 3:30-4:30 p.m.NGO Perspectives and Support
Session 7: 4:30-5:00Federal Technical and Funding Assistance Opportunities


Day 2

Session 1: 8:45-9:45 a.m.Tribal/Private Partnership Opportunities
Session 2: 9:45-10:45 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Session 3: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.Concurrent Sessions