Tribal Leader Forum: Leveraging Tribal Renewable Resources to Support Military Energy Goals

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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, special adviser
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DOE - Office of Indian Energy

May 30-31, 2013
Gila River Indian Community
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino 
Chandler, Ariz.

"Leveraging Tribal Renewable Resources to Support Military Energy Goals"—the seventh in a series of planned U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy-sponsored strategic energy development and investment forums—was designed to provide information for western U.S. tribal leaders and military leaders on the renewable energy resource development potential on tribal lands. The forum focused on opportunities for partnerships between tribes and military installations to promote energy development on tribal lands and achieve military energy security goals. Tribal leaders also had the opportunity to directly converse with each other and key military leadership by participating in a roundtable discussion to share ideas on how to capitalize on the various renewable energy opportunities and partnerships with the military.

NCSL provides staff support to the DOE Office of Indian Energy (DOE-IE) Tribal Leader Forum series and the Indian Country Energy and Infrastructure Working Group (ICEIWG) through a cooperative agreement.

Meeting Agenda

Thursday, May 30, 2013 | 12:30 p.m. -5 p.m.

  • Welcome, introductions and meeting purpose

Tracey LeBeau, Director, U.S. DOE Office of Indian Energy
Pilar Thomas, Deputy Director, U.S. DOE Office of Indian Energy
Terry Hansen, Western Regional Partnership  PDF Presentation

  • Overview of tribal land opportunities

The DOE Office of Indian Energy commissioned a mapping analysis of tribal renewable energy potential, transmission, and proximity to military installations. Results were presented as well as dialogue for next steps.

John Nangle, Senior Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)  PDF Presentation

  • Market and regulatory context

Overview of key market and regulatory factors that impact development potential, including Renewable Portfolio Standards and other state energy policies, with a particular focus on California, Arizona and New Mexico.

Honorable Arthur Allison, Secretary of Indian Affairs, State of New Mexico
Jim Bartridge, Senior Advisor, California Energy Commission (by phone)
Olivia Doherty, Senior Policy Coordinator, Arizona Governor’s Office of Energy Policy  PDF Presentation
John Nangle, Senior Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)   PDF Presentation

  • Transmission and distribution

Overview of transmission and distribution issues and the role of Power Marketing Authorities in interconnection, marketing, and providing power to military installations in the western states.

Penny Casey, Manager, Energy Management and Marketing Office, Western Area Power Administration (WAPA)  PDF Presentation
Melanie Jackson, BPA Transmission Account Executive, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)  PDF Presentation

Friday, May 31, 2013 | 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

  • Military overview of energy goals with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

(Panel participated by phone.)
Joe Sikes, Director, U.S. DoD Office of the Deputy Undersecretary Installations and Environment
Kathy Ahsing, Director, U.S. Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF)  PDF Presentation
Kerry Gilpin, Director, 1 Gigawatt Task Force, U.S. Navy  PDF Presentation
Dr. Kevin Geiss, Director, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Energy  PDF Presentation

  • Specific tribal/military partnership opportunities

Discussions on electricity and other specific energy product partnership opportunities, such as alternative transportation fuels.

Gary Davis, CEO, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED)
David Melton, CEO, Sacred Power  PDF Presentation
Derik Frederiksen, Sealaska, Inc (AK)

  • Roundtable discussion

This session was dedicated to providing an open forum for participants to exchange stories and ideas to better promote and facilitate efforts related to tribal energy project development opportunities and partnerships with the military. The session began with a shared story from:

Phil Hobbs, Planning Specialist, Tohono O’odham Nation    PDF Presentation