2015 Tribal Energy Summit to Explore Solutions to Energy and Climate Challenges


NCSL News2015 Tribal Energy Summit to Explore Solutions to Energy and Climate Challenges

Washington, D.C. – Several hundred tribal and state governments, federal agencies, tribal corporations, private industry, utilities, and academia will meet Sept. 23-25 in Washington, D.C., to explore solutions to energy and climate changes. The Summit is in partnership with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), DOE’s Office of Indian Energy, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED), and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). 

The comprehensive program will address a broad range of energy-related topics, from tribal energy project development financing mechanisms, including deployment of grants and loan guarantee programs, to ways to increase science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and workforce development opportunities for tribal nations.

The Summit will also feature a keynote by Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and introduction by Chris Deschene, director of the Department of Energy’s Office of Indian Energy..

“Despite the ample resource potential that exists on tribal lands, energy security is a significant concern in many Native American communities,” said Moniz. “The National Tribal Energy Summit supports the Obama Administration’s ongoing commitment to assist tribal efforts to enhance energy security, increase community resiliency, and cultivate a sustainable energy future.”

Representatives from the nation’s 566 federally recognized Native American tribes are invited to attend the Summit to identify common goals and share best practices around increased energy innovation and technology deployment on tribal lands as well as examine challenges related to energy self-sufficiency and climate preparedness.

“The summit will allow members of our nation’s tribal communities to continue the important discussions and actions that will guide the future of energy infrastructure development in Indian Country,” said Deschene. “Together the organizers have planned a program that will facilitate increased collaboration and the exploration of new energy development solutions among Tribes.”

Delegate Talmadge Branch (D-Md.), chair of NCSL’s National Caucus of Native American State Legislators, said, “The Summit is bringing together a mix of participants from the federal government, tribal nations, state legislatures and the energy industry.  NCSL is pleased to be part of this event where we will share together innovative, as well as common sense approaches to commercial-scale energy development across Indian Country.”

Other federal participants will include representatives from the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency, and members of Congress and the White House Council on Native American Affairs. 

Registration is free for tribal representatives, but advance registration is required by Sept. 10. Register and find more information on the National Tribal Energy Summit Web page or by emailing tribalenergy@ncsl.org.

All meetings held in conjunction with the National Tribal Summit are open to the press. Registration is required but free to credentialed members of the media. Online registration is open and highly encouraged to expedite process. Please review NCSL’s media policy before registering.

The DOE Office of Indian Energy directs, fosters, coordinates and implements energy planning, education, technical assistance, grants, and programs that assist Tribes with energy development capacity building, energy infrastructure, energy costs and electrification of Indian lands and homes.

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.