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October 30 Webinar to Feature Successful Tribal Renewable Energy Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Tribal Energy Program, and the Western Area Power Administration (Western) will present the next Tribal Renewable Energy Series webinar, Renewable Energy Case Studies—Tribal and Developer Perspectives, on Wednesday, October 30, 2013.

“This is a unique opportunity to hear firsthand about some of the innovative programs and practices Tribes have leveraged to successfully implement renewable energy projects,” said Randy Manion, Renewable Energy Project Manager at Western. “In this final webinar of the 2013 Tribal Energy Series, we’ll bring it all together with real-world examples that offer valuable insights on tribal energy project development from both the tribal and the developer perspective.”

Based on their personal experiences developing energy projects on Indian lands, two speakers—David Nahai, president of David Nahai Consulting Services, and Rod Phillip, an engineer with Puvurnaq Power Company—will provide insider views on successes and lessons learned.

Nahai will share his observations from working with Tribes on renewable energy projects, including the 350-megawatt Moapa Solar Project, which will help power more than 100,000 homes and generate 400 jobs at peak construction. He will discuss due diligence points from the perspective of the Tribe as well as from that of the developer, based on his unique and extensive experience as Chairman of the California Regional Water Board, President of the Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners, CEO of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and Senior Advisor to the Clinton Climate Initiative.

Phillip will talk about the $3.7 million 450-kilowatt high-penetration wind system serving the Alaska Native village of Kongiganak. The project includes the installation of multiple secondary loads that take advantage of excess wind power. The project also uses cutting-edge smart-grid technology and residential electric thermal storage to reduce the community’s dependence on diesel-powered generators.

The discussions will cover a broad range of issues and topics related to renewable energy project development, including tribal community engagement, tribal energy goals, project business plans, site and feasibility studies, project organization and management, financing, risk management, environmental studies, and permitting.

Attendees will have an opportunity to ask the presenters questions during a brief QA session at the end of the webinar.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required.

Register to attend the webinar.