ICEIWG Third Quarter Meeting

8/31/2018

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy held the second quarter meeting of the Indian Country Energy and Infrastructure Working Group (ICEIWG), Aug. 29, 2018, in Saint Paul, Minn.

Hotel for working groupSpeakers included Greg Chamberlain, regional vice president, Xcel Energy; Douglas Schultz, director of origination, DOE Loan Program Office; Jason Ramos, councilmember, Blue Lake Rancheria, and member of Humboldt State University President’s Native American Advisory Council.

Agenda and Presentations

Open Meeting Sessions

Invocation, Welcome and Brief Introductions

Invocation 

  • Ron Suppah, councilman, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

Opening Remarks 

  • Carole Plowfield, ICEIWG co-chair and director, Office of Indian Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Kevin Frost, deputy director, Office of Indian Energy, U.S. DOE

State of the Office of Indian Energy 

  • Carole Plowfield, ICEIWG co-chair and director, Office of Indian Energy, U.S. DOE
  • Kevin Frost, deputy director, Office of Indian Energy, U.S. DOE

Xcel Energy: Current and Potential Partnerships With Tribes

Moderator

  • Heather Westra, Prairie Island Indian Community

Speaker

  • Greg Chamberlain, Regional Vice President, Xcel Energy | Presentation

Xcel Energy is a large, multistate utility electric-and-gas holding company with a diverse electric generating profile and operations in many different markets. The company operates in Minnesota, Colorado, Michigan, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.

While Xcel moves toward its renewable energy goals, coal remains important to Xcel’s operations in Minnesota and elsewhere. Overall, Xcel has 25 coal-fired units at 12 locations (seven in Colorado), with a total of 7,409 MW in capacity. Gas capacity is 6,877 MW from 70 units at 25 stations. Xcel has three nuclear units totaling 1,594 MW, 377 MW of hydro, and 327 MW of company-owned wind (on top of more than 6,000 MW of wind under contract).

Spotlight on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Moderator

  • Jana Ganion, Blue Lake Rancheria

Speakers

  • Jason Ramos, councilmember, Blue Lake Rancheria, and member of Humboldt State University President’s Native American Advisory Council | Presentation |  HSU is the lead for creating programs to increase Native American student enrollment across the California State University system (23 campuses).
  • Tanksi Clairmont, tribal working groups coordinator, National Conference of State Legislatures | Presentation
  • Sandra Begay, Sandia National Laboratory | Presentation

DOE Tribal Energy Loan Gurantee Program – Follow-On

  • Douglas Schultz, director of origination, DOE Loan Program Office 

ICEIWG Member Expectations Discussion: 2019 National Tribal Energy Summit

  • Kevin Frost, deputy director, Office of Indian Energy, U.S. DOE    

Closed Business Session

Working Session: Discussion of Plan to Move Policy Priorities Forward

  • Carole Plowfield, ICEIWG co-chair and director, Office of Indian Energy, U.S. DOE

ICEIWG Charter Proposed Revisions Discussion

Closing Roundtable: Priorities Discussion Continued and Member Reflection on Meeting and Next Steps

  • Kevin Frost, deputy director, Office of Indian Energy, U.S. DOE

Adjourn