ICEIWG 2018 Second Quarter Meeting

May 7-8, 2018

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy (IE) held the second quarter meeting of the Indian Country Energy and Infrastructure Working Group (ICEIWG), May 7-8, 2018, in Albuquerque, N.M.

The meeting included a tour of Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) where members learned about energy-related research and development technologies and engaged with Native STEM program educators and students.

Agenda and Presentations

Monday, May 7 | Sandia National Laboratories tour 

Welcome and Sandia Overview 
  • Stephen Younger, director, Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Labortatories Tour Facilitators: Carol Adkins, director, Energy, Earth & Complex Systems, Stan Atcitty, Distinguish Member of the Technical Staff, Shayna Begay, Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Gepetta Billie, Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Laurence Brown, Program Manager, Tribal Government, Abraham Ellis, Manager, Renewable & Distributed Systems Integration, Dori Ellis, Associate Director, Sigifredo Gonzales, Principal Member of the Technical, Staff,  Amy Halleron, Senior Manager, Renewable Energy Technologies, Curtis Keliiaa, Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Bruce King, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Benjamin Mar, Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Anthony Martino, Manager, Photovoltaics & Materials, Technology,  Karen McDaniel, Manager, Tester Development/Use Control Design, Aaron Niese, Manager, Software Simulation and Data Processing, Lori Parrott, Manager, Atmospheric Sciences ,  Linda Wood, Executive Protocol Officer, and Julius Yellowhair, Principal Member of the Technical Staff. 

State of STEM 
  • Sandra Begay, technical staff, Photovoltaics & Materials Technology
Energy Storage Test Pad/Energy Storage Analysis Lab 
  • Stan Atcitty, technical staff, Energy Storage Technology & Systems | Presentation
Distributed Energy Technology Lab
  • Abraham Ellis, manager, Renewable & Distributed Systems Integration | Presentation
Photovoltaic Systems Evaluation Lab
  • Laurence Brown, program manager, Tribal Government
Solar Tower Tour and Discussion 
  • Julius Yellowhair, technical staff, Concentrating Solar Technologies
Reception and Wrapup Discussions

Tuesday, May 8 | University of New Mexico,  Lobo Rainforest Building

  • Robert Stone, lieutenant governor, Gila River Indian Community
Opening Remarks
  • Carole Plowfield, ICEIWG co-chair and director, Office of Indian Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Jim Manion, ICEIWG co-chair and general manager of Warm Springs Power, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
  • Kevin Frost, deputy director, Office of Indian Energy, U.S. DOE
Brief Remarks
  • Brandt Petrasek, director of EM Tribal Affairs and DOE Lead to the National Conference of State Legislatures
State of the Office of Indian Energy and Further Defining ICEIWG's Priorities
Brief updates were given and members discussed :  budget and program activities, streamlining permitting by federal agencies for Indian energy projects, tax investor financing in Indian country
viability of supporting rural communities, including Alaska, and opportunities to subsize through capital costs without burden to subscribers Government Infrastructure Plan and opportunities for tribes, and state-tribal dual taxation.
  • 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 
Overview of Navajo Nation and University of New Mexico's Partnership and Tour of Residence Life & Student Housing
  • Russell Begaye, president, Navajo Nation 
  • Thomas M. Neale, director, UNM Real Estate (tour of facility)
Updates and Listening Session: DOE's Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program
  • Doug Little, deputy assistant secretary, Intergovernmental and External Affairs
  • Douglas Schultz, director of origination, DOE Loan Program Office | Presentation

Discussion about potential new technology options for tribes: Small modular coal plants on Native American lands that may have coal reserves

UNM Pathways Program 
  • Sandra Begay, Former UNM Regent, current STC.UNM Board of Directors’ Chair Presentation
  • Elizabeth Kuttila, UNM STC.UNM CEO amd Chief Economic Development Officer | Presentation
  • Dr. Maggie Werner-Washburne, UNM Regents’ Professor emerita, Biology Department  | Presentation
  • Dr. Tammi Duncan, ASSERT post-doctoral fellow, UNM Health Sciences Center
  • Dr. Nancy Hurtado-Ziola, UNM research assistant professor and associate director of IMSD
Presentations by Native American Student Researchers
  • Christel White, Onondaga Nation 
  • Krystal Charley, Navajo Nation
Closing Roundtable: Priorities Discussion Continued, member Reflection and Next Steps


  • Jim Manion, ICEIWG co-chair and general manager of Warm Springs Power, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

Meeting Adjourned