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A Primer on Tribal Energy Development



Tribal governments are playing an increasingly important role in shaping our nationís energy future. As a tribal leader, you understand how important it is to be educated on energy policy, planning and development topics. In this results-oriented training, youíll gain a solid understanding of key issues associated with successful tribal energy projects and develop skills to assist you in identifying strategies to create long-term benefits for your tribe or tribal organization in the context of 21st century energy realities and challenges.

This class will focus mainly on energy policy and planning issues and will provide you with the background and confidence to help draft an energy policy, develop guiding principles and create an energy plan. Although this is not a project development course, you will gain a general overview of the development process and learn how to identify and implement strategies to create long-term benefits for your tribal organization. During the class you'll develop a template, based on guided exercises and a review of case studies, which will support you in developing or revising the outline of your energy policy and energy plan. This hands-on class will give you a chance to explore opportunities and discuss your unique challenges and issues with our expert faculty. Youíll also be able to discuss ideas with fellow classmates and see where other tribes are in terms of developing tribal resources and economies.

Whether you're an economic development director, energy manager or elected/appointed official, this class will provide you with a comprehensive general overview of the tribal energy development process. Take charge and develop the necessary skills to help you navigate the policy, planning and development phases of your project!
T O P I C S   I N C L U D E

Energy 101

  • U.S. energy industry overview
  • Legislative and regulatory snapshot
  • Regional issues
  • Power markets
  • Tribal energy policy and opportunities

Tribal Energy Development Paradigm

  • Policy - creating a formal energy policy to guide the tribe's energy future
  • Planning - developing and implementing an energy plan
  • Development - identifying key tasks, strategies and resources

Energy Resource Options

  • Wind
  • Solar
  • Biomass
  • Geothermal
  • Hydropower
  • Fossil fuels
  • Energy efficiency

Energy Task Force

  • Leadership support
  • Team members
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Goals and objectives

Energy Vision Statement and Tribal Energy Policy

  • Tribal policy direction
  • Tribal council involvement and approval
  • Guiding principles
  • Goals and objectives

Energy Planning

  • Tribal planning overview
  • Key energy planning components
  • Organizational structure
  • Planning sessions
  • Short- and long-term policies and actions
  • Implementation, evaluation and revisions

Researching Viable Energy Options and Issues

  • Energy technology assessment
  • Energy efficiency
  • General costs and benefits
  • Environmental impacts
  • Permitting
  • Sustainability analysis - economic, environmental, social and cultural considerations

Baseline Assessment

  • Historical analysis of energy usage and expenditures
  • Rate structures
  • Residential, commercial and industrial loads and growth
  • Future tribal energy needs assessment

Risk Assessment

  • Statutory and regulatory
  • Financial
  • Environmental
  • Technical
  • Global considerations

Finance Options

  • Tribal resources
  • Federal grants
  • Rural Utilities Service loans
  • Renewable energy certificates
  • Bonds
  • Financial institutions

Organizational Development

  • Capacity-building
  • Tribal utilities
  • Tribal business entities
  • Legal structures

Project Development

  • Permitting and licensing
  • Project financing
  • Power agreements
  • Engineering design
  • Construction
  • Commissioning
  • Operations and management
*Topics subject to change.

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