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RSVP by July 1 for the Tribal Renewable Energy Project Development Workshop July 9-11

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The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy (DOE Office of Indian Energy) is pleased to announce the “first of its kind” renewable energy development education and training curriculum for tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff. The curriculum is available through the National Training and Education Resource (NTER) online learning platform, and more in-depth training is being provided through in-person workshops, the first of which is being offered in July. These workshops are 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.

Commercial-Scale Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop

July 9-11, Golden, Colorado

Who Should Attend: This workshop is specifically designed for, and limited to, elected tribal leaders and tribal executives, accountants, and attorneys interested in gaining knowledge and confidence to embark on the path of developing a commercial-scale renewable energy project.

What You Will Learn: Using course materials and case studies, technical experts from DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will go over the steps necessary to develop and finance  commercial-scale renewable energy projects on tribal lands, including how to:

·         Assess project potential

·         Determine technology options

·         Refine the project

·         Implement financing and construction

·         Plan for project operation and maintenance.

 

See the agenda below for more information.

Commercial-Scale Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop
July 9-11, 2013
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, Colorado
San Juan Conference Room, Research Support Facility (RSF)

AGENDA (DRAFT)

Learning Objective
Understand the process for and potential pitfalls of developing renewable energy projects. Determine how the development of a renewable energy project could further a Tribe’s goals.
Anticipated Results: Attendees will be comfortable discussing renewable energy project development possibilities with project developers and project financing options with potential investors. Potential tribal roles will be clear and participants will better understand the five-step project development and financing process.

Tuesday, July 9
8:30 & 8:45 a.m. Shuttle Pickup at Denver West Marriott
8:45-9:15 a.m. Registration
9:15-9:30 a.m. Welcome
Tracey LeBeau and/or Pilar Thomas
U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy
9:30-10:00 a.m. Introductions
10:00-10:45 a.m. Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Framework: The Five Step Process
10:45-11:15a.m. Table Topics: Renewable Technologies and Grid Basics
11:15-12:30 p.m. Key Project Development and Financing Concepts
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch
Guest Speaker: The Process in Action
Bill Cornelius (invited), Oneida Seven Generations Corporation
1:30-1:40 p.m. Break
1:40-3:00 p.m. Step 1: Do you Have a Project? Identifying Project Potential
3:00-3:15 p.m. Break
3:15-4:40 p.m. Step 1: Understanding Project Savings and Production Potential
4:40 -5:00 p.m. Day 1 Wrap-Up and Evaluations
5:10 p.m. Shuttle to Denver West Marriott

Wednesday, July 10
8:30 & 8:45 a.m. Shuttle Pickup at Denver West Marriott
8:45- 9:15 a.m. Registration
9:15-9:45 a.m. Review of Day 1/Agenda Revisions
9:45-10:45 a.m. Step 2: Project Options: Site Selection and Tribal Role Determination
10:45- 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00- 12:30 p.m. Step 2: Project Options: Financing and Procurement
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch
Guest Speaker: Tribal Role Options and Strategies
Rebecca Kaufman (invited), Southern Ute Tribe
1:30-2:20 p.m. Step 2: Project Options: Understanding Permitting Challenges and Interconnection
2:20-2:30 p.m. Break
2:30-4:00 p.m. Step 3: Project Refinement: Business and Financial Structures
4:00-4:45 p.m. Step 3: Project Refinement: Offtaker Agreements and Vendor Selection
4:45-5:00 p.m. Day 2 Wrap-Up and Evaluations
5:10 p.m. Shuttle to Denver West Marriott

Thursday, July 11
8:45-9:15 a.m. Registration
9:15-9:45 a.m. Review of Day 1/Agenda Revisions
9:45-10:30 a.m. Step 4: Project Implementation: Project Finalization
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45- 11:30 p.m. Guest Speaker: Financing and Construction
Jennifer Carleton (invited), Moapa Band of Paiutes
11:30-1:00 p.m. Lunch and Jeopardy!
1:00-1:50 p.m. Step 5: Project Operations & Maintenance
1:50-2:20 p.m. Training Wrap-Up and Evaluations
2:30-4:00 p.m. NREL Campus Tours (Optional; More Details to Come)
4:00 p.m. Shuttle to Denver West Marriott

Pricing and Registration:

There is no cost to attend the workshop, but participants will be responsible for their own meals and travel costs. RSVP for this training by July 1 to kara.thate@nrel.gov.

In preparation for the meeting, we ask that attendees watch the “Foundational Topics” on the National Training & Education Resource website.

If you have questions, please email indianenergy@hq.doe.gov.

 

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