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Upcoming Events, Web Highlights for Tribes July 24, 2015


Upcoming Events

Aug. 5 Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar: Best Practices in Procurement 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration, will present the next Tribal Renewable Energy Series Webinar, Best Practices in Procurement: Discover Tribal Benefits Through GSA and Requests for Proposals That Guarantee Cost Savings, on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MDT. Attendees will learn how a customized tribal request for proposals can accelerate an energy efficiency or renewable energy project. Speakers include Florence Francis of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Todd Hooks of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, and Kosol Kiatreungwattana of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  

There is no cost to attend the webinar, but registration is required. Please note that the original date of this webinar has changed from July 29 to August 5; if you have already registered, you will need to register again for the rescheduled date. Register for the webinar now.

Aug. 6: DOE Minorities in Energy Regional Climate Change Impact Webinar: Southeast and Caribbean

DOE's Minorities in Energy Initiative is hosting a webinar to present findings from the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) and National Climate Impact Assessment and highlight energy job strategies. As part of the QER discussion, speakers will share climate-based findings related to national security, resilience, the grid of the future, environment, grid siting, and shared transport. The webinar will also outline federal energy policy objectives, proposals, and actions, particularly as they relate to climate change and resilience for underserved communities. This is one of a series of eight upcoming Regional Climate Change Impact Webinars and focuses on the Southeast and Caribbean.

Register for the webinar.

Aug. 11–13: ATNI Energy Summit 2015

The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) is hosting a three-day event and training for tribal, utility, and technology executives featuring premier policy, utility, and technology innovators as well as a showcase of the latest innovations, projects, and emerging opportunities. Technical experts from NREL will present on the following topics: Energy Efficiency First for Tribal Energy Programs, How Policies and Incentives Affect Renewable Energy Development on Tribal Land, and Building Consensus for Tribal Energy Plans. 

Learn more about and register for the ATNI Energy Summit.

Don't Miss the Only Commercial-Scale Workshop of 2015, Coming to Golden, Colorado Sept. 1—Register Now!

Tribal leaders and staff are invited to attend this upcoming workshop on Sept. 1-3, 2015, at NREL in Golden, Colorado.

Hosted by the DOE Office of Indian Energy, the workshop offers a unique opportunity for participants to learn from renewable energy project experts, get hands-on experience using technology resource assessment tools, explore project case studies, and hear about lessons learned from other Tribes.

Workshop participants will learn about the five steps necessary to develop and finance 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.

Workshops are designed exclusively for, and limited to, elected tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff. This workshop will feature a tour of the lab.

There is no cost to attend the workshops, but participants are responsible for their own lodging, dinner, and travel costs. Coffee, a light breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack will be provided.

RSVP to secure your spot by emailing tribalworkshops@nrel.gov or calling 303-275-3005.

Learn more about the workshop.  

Sept. 24–25: National Tribal Energy Summit

Energy security is of particular concern in many Native American communities, despite the ample resource potential that exists on Indian lands. Charged with promoting the well-being of current and future generations, tribal councils face unique and pressing challenges related to energy self-sufficiency and climate preparedness.

To address these challenges, DOE is participating in a National Tribal Energy Summit on Sept. 24–25, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The National Summit supports the Obama Administration’s ongoing commitment to assist tribal efforts to enhance energy security, increase community resiliency, and build a sustainable energy future.

The event will highlight challenges and showcase opportunities in the areas of: 

  • Science and technology, policy, and the regulatory environment
  • Community- and commercial-scale energy project development
  • Tribal education and workforce development
  • Federal procurement
  • Energy sector supply chain participation.

Representatives from federal agencies, state and tribal governments, tribal corporations, private industry, utilities, and academia will come together with scientists, educators, analysts, and experts in energy policy, regulation, financing, and technology-to-market to exchange ideas and explore solutions.

Register and find more information on the National Tribal Energy Summit Web page or by emailing tribalenergy@ncsl.org

Web Highlights 

White House Steps Up Commitment to Cultivating Next Generation of Native Leaders 

On July 9, the White House hosted the inaugural Tribal Youth Gathering to build on President Obama's launch of Generation Indigenous (Gen-I), an initiative to help improve the lives of Native youth and to cultivate the next generation of Native leaders. At the Youth Gathering, the Administration announced commitments to continue supporting the success of Native youth through a variety of federal efforts.

Read more about the White House's initiative.

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