Tribal Renewable Energy Solutions and Partnerships: Collaborating Through the Headwinds of Change

DOE logoOct. 16, 2012
OMNI Shoreham Hotel
Washington, D.C.

RETECH 2012

The 4th Annual Renewable Energy Technology Conference and Exhibition

This U.S. DOE Office of Indian Energy sponsored pre-conference to RETECH 2012 was a day-long workshop that brought together government, tribal and industry renewable energy leaders to explore best practices, public-private partnerships to support and encourage energy infrastructure solutions, and public finance options for tribal clean energy projects. Participants received updates on federal policy and program support for Indian Country clean energy initiatives; the rapidly expanding federal energy marketplace; tribal clean energy marketing opportunities; and opportunities for interactive discussion with renewable energy companies that already work in Indian Country, and those seeking collaborative partnerships with Tribes and tribal corporations.

Particpants were also invited to meet at an interactive meet and greet networking session from 4 to 5:30 p.m. that followed the preconference.

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Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012

U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy Welcome & Introductions

Tracey A. LeBeau, director, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy

Updates: Indian Energy Federal Policy & Program Support for Tribes

Bryan Newland, senior policy advisor, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of Interior

Dr. Anthony Crooks, renewable energy policy specialist, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development  PDF Presentation

Chris Tuttle, acting deputy assistant administrator, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service Electric Program  PDF Presentation

Renewable Energy and Transmission: Potential  in Indian Country Analysis

The DOE Office of Indian Energy commissioned an initial analysis of renewable potential and transmission in Indian Country. Results were presented as well as dialogue for next steps.

Tracey A. LeBeau, director, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy

Robert E. Hegner, Ph.D., senior vice president, ICF International  PDF Presentation

Clean Energy & Indian Country: Progress Made & Lessons Learned

Presentations of best practices in renewable energy and infrastructure development on Indian lands and with tribal corporations and governments, including latest updates on public-private and public financing tools and trends.
 
Moderator: Brandt Petrasek, U.S. Department of Energy

Waste-to-Energy Development

William Cornelius, chairman, Oneida Seven Generations Corporation

Wind Development

Melissa Estes, Shu’luuk Wind Project manager/DOE START Campo Project Manager, Campo Band of Kumeyaay Indians (CA)   PDF Presentation

Andre  De Rosa, vice president, PNE WIND USA, Inc.     PDF Presentation

Focus on Solar: Case Studies

Chairman William Anderson, Moapa Band of Paiute

Sean Gallagher, K Road Power   PDF Presentation

Daniel Menahem, RES Americas

Renewable Financing for Tribal Projects: Moving Targets in Midst of Change

Tracey A. LeBeau, director, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy

Elliot Hinds, partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Renewable Energy Marketing

Tribal clean energy marketing opportunities and updates on the rapidly expanding federal energy marketplace. This was an interactive panel with question and answers throughout.

Moderator: Dan Beckley, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Indian Renewable Energy Matrix Analysis

Dan Beckley, principal program manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)  PDF Presentation

Federal Policy & Procurement Targets for Clean Energy

Holmes Hummel, senior advisor, Office of the Undersecretary for Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)  Energy Procurement Trends

Jeff Bedard, senior project leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Meet & Greet Interactive Session

Interactive discussion opportunities with renewable energy companies already working in Indian Country and those seeking collaborative partnerships with Tribes and tribal corporations.