ICEIWG Second Quarter Meeting | Agenda and Presentations


The Indian Country Energy and Infrastructure Working Group (ICEIWG) held its second quarter meeting on May 1, 2017, in Washington, D.C. The meeting was held in conjunction with the 2017 National Tribal Energy Summit: Tribal Energy Sovereignty – Strengthening Strategic Partnerships, May 1-3, at the JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. Members had opportunities to attend Summit sessions and all associated activities. 

  Anthony Giacobbe, Seneca Energy, LLC. speaking to the group NCSL provides staff support to ICEIWG in its dialogue on infrastructure and energy issues with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). 

Welcome, Introductions and Opening Prayer

Overview of Overall Agenda
  • Chris Deschene, director, Office of Indian Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) | No Presentation
  • Douglas MacCourt, senior policy advisor, Office of Indian Energy, U.S. DOE | No Presentation

Federal Update and Member Discussion

Overview of Outreach, Relationship Management and Capacity Building Functions of the IE Office
  • Givey Kochanowski, program manager, Office of Indian Energy, U.S. DOE , Alaska | No Presentation
Follow up from ICEIWG meeting at Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) Nation in North Dakota: Baaken Environmental Access Research Site (BEARS) developments
Discussion on microgrids and their importance in meeting energy needs for tribes 
New Partnerships for Energy Project Finance—a Special Summit Roundtable


  • Scott Geary, Stone Angel Capital | No Presentation
Energy and Economic Sovereignty
 Energy Development Challenges and Opportunities Panel
  • Jana Ganion, sustainability director, Blue Lake Rancheria | No Presentation
  • Paul Schwabe, energy and financial analysis, National Renewable Energy Laboratory | No Presentation
  • John Hendrix, director of Economic Development, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians | No Presentation
  • Ali Sahabi, president, Optimum Group | No Presentation
How is Storage Part of the Solution?
  • Jim Yockey, director, Baker Tilly | No Presentation
  • Phil Giudice, CEO, Ambri | No Presentation
 Micro Grid and Smart Grid and Distributed Energy Resources
  • Clark Wiedetz, Microgrid Solutions, Siemens | No Presentation
Roundtable: Moving Forward Together—Departments of Energy and Interior
Optional Film Screening: Red Power Energy