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Energy Department to host tribal renewable energy workshop






The Citizen Potawatomi Nation installed a geothermal energy system that supplies power to tribal businesses and buildings. Pictured here is the equipment that lies beneath a geothermal pond. Photo from CPN

The Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs is holding a renewable energy workshop for tribes next week.

The Oklahoma Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Workshop takes place June 9–11 at the Riverwind Hotel and Casino, owned by the Chickasaw Nation. Participants will learn how they can start renewable energy projects from experts and from other tribes.

The new director of the office will also be on hand. Chris Deschene, a member of the Navajo Nation, joined the Obama administration last month.

“Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of developing and financing community- and facility-scale renewable energy projects, be able to determine how the development of a renewable energy project could further a tribe’s goals, and learn from other tribal efforts in renewable energy project development," Amy Hollander, a project leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, said in a press release.

The Chickasaw Nation, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, the Kaw Nation and the Osage Nation will share their experiences in renewable energy as part of the conference.