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Indian Energy & Energy Infrastructure to be Showcased at RES 2012 in Las Vegas

February 9, 2012 - 3:44pm

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Indian Energy & Energy Infrastructure to be Showcased at RES 2012 in Las Vegas

Our mission as a Department – to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions – touches Indian Country in many ways. Our Nation’s tribal communities are neighbors to the Department’s National Laboratories and sites, participants in energy programs, and producers and consumers of energy development and innovation. While Indian land comprises 5 percent of the United States, it contains an estimated 10 percent of all our energy resources.

From February 27 - March 1, we'll be talking about these issues and the Department's commitment to Indian Country at the Reservation Economic Summit (RES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each year, RES is a gathering of American Indian economic and business development stakeholders, bringing together Native American small business owners, tribal leaders, government and public sector executives, and local officials to discuss economic development. 

Indian energy and energy infrastructure are at the heart of our conversations that will be happening at RES. Tracey LeBeau, the Director of our Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, will be speaking at the general session on the second day of the conference, and her office will join other Department of Energy offices - Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Office of Renewable Energy/Tribal Energy Program, and our office, the Office of Economic Impact & Diversity - to give presentations and answer questions throughout the conference.

Check out the full RES agenda here.

If you're attending RES, join the Department of Energy at any/all of the following sessions, or come by the DOE booths, numbers 2151, 2152, 2153, 2155, and 2156. Check the agenda link above to verify times/locations.

  • Panel: Office of Indian Energy Renewable Development & Finance Program: The Essentials of Renewable Development & Finance
    • Wednesday February 29, 10:30-11:30am
    • Financing community and commercial scale energy infrastructure is difficult and examples are few.  A very short tutorial on the basics of renewable energy project finance will lay the groundwork for this interesting roundtable discussion which will then explore innovative but real-world competitive financing structures to get 'steel in the ground' in today's energy marketplace.
    • Moderator: Tracey A LeBeau, Director, DOE Office of Indian Energy 
  • Panel: Strategic Energy & Infrastructure Partnerships: The New Energy Economy in Indian Country
    • Wednesday February 29, 3:30-4:30pm
    • Tribal leaders, executives and federal participants will discuss commercial development stories, lessons learned, and thoughts about the future of energy in Indian Country.  Topics will include creating an energy infrastructure and utilities to support and attract investment, the good and bad that tribal projects have had in attracting federal support for tribal projects, evaluating and securing funding, and forging financial partnerships to make the economics of new energy development work. 
    • Co-Moderators: Lamont Jackson, DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and Richard Tallbear, NCAIED Board Member
  • Special Session: Conventional Energy (Oil, Gas, & Coal)  Associated Vertical Business Development Best Practices in Indian Country
    • Thursday March 1, 8:30am - 12:30pm
    • Moderator: Tracey A LeBeau, Director, DOE Office of Indian Energy 
  •  Panel: Government Contracting and Other Energy Contracting Incentives: New Energy Sectors and Services Potential for Indian and Tribal Businesses
    •  It has been said that federal facilities, in the US and internationally, and the utility sector represent the largest energy marketplace in the world.  This lively discussion will include what this means in terms of current and future incentives, federal and state policies, and scope of the marketplace.  Speakers in this session will include a discussion of DOE's efforts in leading federal policy activities around federal preference purchasing for tribal renewable energy, other government programs active in procuring energy services, private sector energy service contractors knowledgeable about contracting processes and policy experts. 
    • Co-Moderator: Pilar Thomas, DOE Office of Indian Energy and Michelle Holliday,  Edison International NCAIED Board

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