Tribal Leader Forum Series: Key Renewable Energy Opportunities for Oklahoma Tribes

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U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy Policy & Programs

  • Tracey A. LeBeau, Director
  • Pilar Thomas, Deputy Director
  • Brandt Petrasek, Senior Advisor
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  The fifth in a series of planned U.S. DOE Office of Indian Energy-sponsored strategic energy development & investment forums, this forum gave
  Oklahoma tribal leaders the opportunity to receive the latest updates on DOE’s energy development efforts in Indian Country. The Forum
  provided a venue for tribal leaders to discuss best practices in renewable energy development, including project development and finance, issues
  related to Oklahoma land ownership, and energy planning and energy markets. Tribal leaders also had the opportunity to directly converse with
  each other by participating in a roundtable discussion to share ideas on how to capitalize on the various renewable energy resources in

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  Monday, August 13, 2012

  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  Update from DOE Office of Indian Energy

  • Pilar Thomas, Deputy Director, U.S. DOE Office of Indian Energy     PRESENTATION

  Energy Planning, Energy Markets, and Project Development and Project Finance

  • Pilar Thomas, Deputy Director, U.S. DOE Office of Indian Energy    PRESENTATION
  Oklahoma Tribal Energy Products
  • Jason Dollarhide, Second Chief of Peoria Tribe of Indians and Deputy Director of the Housing Authority of the Peoria Tribe 

The Peoria Housing Authority was awarded the U.S. Department of Energy Weatherization Training Grant in 2010, which assisted Native American Trainees in developing weatherization competencies. Second Chief Dollarhide provided an overview of the PHA Weatherization Training Project, described the activities performed, and discussed project outcomes and lessons-learned.

  • Philip Reedy, Vice President of Diversification and Strategy, Cherokee Nation    PRESENTATION

Cherokee Nation Businesses received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy through a grant in 2010 to conduct pre-construction activities in support, design and installation of a 127.5 MW wind farm. Mr. Reedy discussed the current status of the project, best practices and remaining issues to resolve.

  • John Barrett, Chairman, Citizen Potawatomi Nation     PRESENTATION

Citizen Potawatomi Nation received funding from a U.S. Department of Energy grant in 2005 to implement a geothermal heat pump system for two buildings as well as for heating a planned greenhouse.  Chairman Barrett discussed Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Fire Lake Hybrid Geothermal Heat Pump Demonstration Project, lessons-learned and next steps.