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DOE Office of Indian Energy Program News and Upcoming Events August 13, 2013

Program News

Director Tracey LeBeau on Detail to Western Area Power Administration

DOE Office of Indian Energy Director Tracey LeBeau is currently on detail to Western Area Power Administration (Western) as the Transmission Infrastructure Program Manager. In her role, Director LeBeau will be responsible for managing Western’s Transmission Infrastructure Program, which has $3.25 billion in borrowing authority from the U.S. Treasury to construct transmission lines to help deliver renewable resources to market. Learn more about Western’s Transmission Infrastructure Program.

 

While Director LeBeau is on detail, Deputy Director Pilar Thomas has been appointed Acting Director of the DOE Office of Indian Energy.

 

Upcoming Webinars and Workshops

Aug. 21: Solar PV Jobs and Economic Development Impact Model Webinar

Join the DOE SunShot Initiative, in conjunction with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), for a webinar on August 21, 2013, at 2-3 p.m. EST highlighting the Scenario Solar PV Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) Model. Get an in-depth tutorial on how to use the model, inputs and outputs, and interpreting the results. The discussion will help to inform residents, stakeholders, and decision makers to evaluate future or current solar PV deployment scenarios. Register for the JEDI webinar.

 

Aug. 28: Tribal Energy Webinar on Renewable Energy Market Expectations and Trends

The growth and pace of the renewable energy market will be driven by many factors, including awareness and concern over remaining non-renewable resources, the need for imported energy and the security issues surrounding that need, and government support and financial incentives. Attend this webinar to hear how these factors and new technologies and applications may impact the future market. The webinar is presented by the DOE Office of Indian Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Tribal Energy Program, and Western as part of the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series. The webinar will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain time. There is no charge to participate, but registration is required. Register for the Aug. 28 webinar.

 

Sept. 18-20: Community- and Facility-Scale Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop

The DOE Office of Indian Energy and EERE Tribal Energy Program, with support from NREL, are pleased to offer an interactive workshop that will walk participants through five steps to help Tribes understand the process for and potential pitfalls of developing community- and facility-scale renewable energy projects. The workshop is part of the renewable energy development education and training curriculum developed by the DOE Office of Indian Energy specifically for tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff. The curriculum is also available through the National Training and Education Resource (NTER) online learning platform.

The in-person workshop is an excellent opportunity to build internal capacity on renewable energy development and advance the benefits of renewable energy for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native villages and corporations. Attendees will learn how the development of a renewable energy project could further a Tribe’s goals, and hear from other Tribes about their experiences. Please see the attached agenda for additional information.

Eligible Attendees:
This workshop is specifically designed for, and limited to, elected tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff interested in gaining knowledge and confidence to develop community- and facility-scale renewable energy projects.

Pricing and Registration:
There is no cost to attend this workshop, but participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs. Eligible attendees must RSVP by August 30 to kara.thate@nrel.gov. If you have questions, please email indianenergy@hq.doe.gov.

This workshop is part of a series of in-person trainings offered as part of the DOE Office of Indian Energy’s educational curriculum. Read our blog for a recap of the commercial-scale project development and financing workshop that was held July 9-11.

Sept. 25: Tribal Energy Webinar on Tribal and Utility Partnership Opportunities

Tribes and utilities can be a nexus of renewable energy project development. The future utility likely will have a resource portfolio that is a hybrid of centralized power plants, distributed generation, microgrids, and demand response programs that result in a more efficient system of both generation and consumption. This webinar will focus on the opportunities for a partnership between Tribes and utilities that improves the energy system and stimulates economic development on tribal lands. The webinar is presented by the DOE Office of Indian Energy, EERE Tribal Energy Program, and Western as part of the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series. The webinar will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain time. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Register for the Sept. 25 webinar.

 

Oct. 21-23: Alaska Native Village Energy Development Workshop

Presented by the DOE Office of Indian Energy and EERE Tribal Energy Program, this workshop is designed to help Alaska Native villages and corporations understand the range of energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that exist in their remote communities. Part of an overall effort to further support and encourage accelerated clean energy resource development in Alaska Native villages, the workshop will cover topics such as:

  • Strategic energy planning
  • Clean energy project development and financing
  • Technology updates
  • Energy efficiency
  • Weatherization
  • Workforce development

The workshop will be held at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks (exact location forthcoming) during the week of the Alaska Federation of Natives Conference October 24-26. The workshop is co-sponsored by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power.

Registration
There is no cost to attend, but participants will be responsible for their own lodging, meals, and travel costs. Advance registration is requested. Register now.

More Information
An agenda and more specific location information will be available in the coming weeks. If you have questions, please email indianenergy@hq.doe.gov.

New Resources

New DOE Reports Reveal U.S. Wind Energy Production and Manufacturing Reaches Record Highs

The Energy Department released two new reports last week showcasing record growth across the U.S. wind market—increasing America’s share of clean, renewable energy and supporting tens of thousands of jobs nationwide.  According to these reports, the United States continues to be one of the world’s largest and fastest growing wind markets. In 2012, wind energy became the number one source of new U.S. electricity generation capacity for the first time – representing 43% of all new electric additions and accounting for $25 billion in U.S. investment. Read more.

 

Recent studies and analysis commissioned by the DOE Office of Indian Energy and conducted by NREL estimate that Indian lands have 1.1 billion megawatt-hours of wind resource potential. Download the Developing Clean Energy Projects on Tribal Lands: Data and Resources for Tribes document for additional information.

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