Exploring the Business Link Opportunity: Transmission & Clean Energy Development in the West

DOE Tribal Energy logoFebruary 7-8, 2012
Denver, Colorado


The second in a series of planned U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy-sponsored strategic energy development & investment forums, and co-sponsored by U.S. DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, this two-day Forum provided an opportunity for Tribal leaders and executives to: interact with industry executives and federal leaders, get up-to-date information on transmission development and planning activities in the West, and hear the latest in trends in recent financing of clean energy projects. This Forum also provided a venue for Tribal leaders and executives to hear directly from, and talk directly to, each other regarding best practices in tribal project partnerships and investments.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks

Tracey A. LeBeau, Director, U.S. DOE Office of Indian Energy
Lamont Jackson, Representative, U.S. DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability

Federal Transmission Discussion: Transmission Expansion in the West

Timothy Meeks, Administrator, Western Area Power Administration (WAPA)
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Transmission Development in the Pacific: Perspectives from Bonneville Power Administration

Bill Drummond, Deputy Administrator, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)
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Transmission Policy and Regulation Primer: Overview of Jurisdictional Authorities & Current Policy Trends

The Basics of Transmission in the West

Robert Henke, Senior Vice President, ICF International
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Laurie Woodall, Principal, URS Phoenix
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Jennifer Weddle, Shareholder, Co-Chair American Indian Law Practice Group
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Transmission & Renewables: New Technologies & Integration Programs and Green Line Development

DOE Transmission Priorities and Initiatives

Laura Morton, U.S. DOE Rapid Response Transmission Team Lead
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Trends in Transmission Development: Energy Storage & Green Lines

Michael A. Stosser, Partner, Day Pitney LLP
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Keith Sparks, Director of Development, Clean Line Energy 
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Tribal Case Studies &  Best Practices: Transmission & Clean Energy Development

Wheat Grass Wind, LLC

An inter-tribal commercial wind partnership

Travis Stone, Shoshone Bannock Tribe
Rebecca Kauffman, President & COO, Southern Ute Alternative Energy Investment Fund

Five Nations Energy

Five Nations Energy Inc. is one of five licensed electricity transmitters in the province of Ontario. This inter-tribal transmission company serves First Nations communities of Attawapiskat, Fort Albany and Kashechewan.

Lucie Edwards, Chief Executive Office, Five Nations Energy Inc.
Ed Chilton, Secretary/Treasurer, Five Nations Energy Inc.
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Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) & Tribal Interconnection Requests

The Upper Great Plains Region of WAPA has received multiple and approved interconnection requests for tribal renewable energy projects. This update will include that discuss the interconnection process, lessons learned and explanation of current queuing process for Western.

Dirk Shulund, WAPA UGP
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Braden Houston, Director, Citizens Energy
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Clean Energy Purchasing & RPS Status Updates

Renewable Energy Standards & Markets Summary 

An executive summary of Western States’ Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), Compliance Status and Tribal Energy Resource Areas of Highest Potential

Sarah Busche, National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) Strategic Energy Analysis Center
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Utility Purchaser Perspectives

Xcel Energy

Jim Hill, Director, Resource Planning (PSCo), Xcel Energy
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Mor-Gran-Sou Electric Cooperative

A board leader for an electric cooperative which serves a large indian community to share his thoughts regarding the challenges and future of an electric cooperative in a changing technological and marketplace environment, and the unique intersections with rural and tribal communities.

David Archambault II, Board Chair, Mor-Gran-Sou Electric Cooperative
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Discussion of Federal Purchasing Opportunities and Challenges

Updates on DOE’s EPAct 2005 Tribal Renewable Energy Purchasing Guidance and Discussion of Minority Energy Procurement Opportunities

Pilar Thomas, Deputy Director, U.S. DOE Office of Indian Energy
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Wednesday, February 8

Department of Interior Policy Updates: Clarifying and Creating an Environment for Tribal Project Approvals

Jodi Gillette, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Interior

Financing Issues & Tools for Energy Infrastructure in Indian Country

Tribal Economic Development Bonding – Update

Christie Jacobs, Director, Internal Revenue Service

New Markets Tax Credits & Other Infrastructure Finance Tools & Strategies for Tribes – Update

Steve McSloy, Partner, SNR Denton

USDA RUS Program – Update

Tedd Buelow, USDA Programs
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Financing Renewable Energy Projects in Indian Country

DOE Office of Indian Energy: Renewable Financing in Indian Country Executive Primer

Sam Booth, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
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Matt Ferguson, Principal, Renewable Energy Practice, Reznick Group

National and Regional Transmission Expansion Planning

National Transmission Planning: Promoting Clean Energy and the Next Generation of Our National Infrastructure

Jennifer DeCesaro, Special Advisor, Department of Energy
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Western Electricity Coordinating Council WECC

RTEP Status Update

Byron Woertz, Senior Project Manager, WECC
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Western Governors’ Association (WGA)

WGA’s Status Update on the RTEP’s Water/Energy Nexus Analysis and Work

Tom Iseman, Program Director, WGA
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Closed Session—Tribal Leaders and Tribal Executives

This session is dedicated to providing an open forum for Tribal leaders and executives to exchange stories and ideas to better promote and facilitate efforts, on all levels, related to transmission and clean energy development and investment.