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Tribal Energy News

By Alyssa Stibolt Cicero
May 28, 2015

The plenary panel (shown in the photo above) from the 2015 Program Review for the U.S. Department of Energy Tribal Energy Program (TEP) led by DOE's Lizana Pierce, included Ater Wynne attorneys Doug MacCourt and Nathan Karman, along with David Conrad, Acting Director of the DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, Steven Manydeeds, Division Chief of the U.S. Department of Interior's Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, Division of Energy and Mineral Development, Michael Connolly, a member of the Campo Kumeyaay Nation, Randy Manion from the Western Area Power Administration and April Dahlager, Director of Business and Cooperative Programs for Colorado, US Department of Agriculture.  This year's TEP  Annual Review featured several Ater Wynne clients and projects, including Mr. MacCourt's presentation with Delores Apache of the Navajo Nation regarding To'Hajiilee Economic Development, Inc.'s proposed solar farm development.

TEP's Annual Review showcased tribes, Alaska Native Corporations and Alaska Village Corporations and their innovative energy development within Indian country.  Ater Wynne also presented on the latest legal, legislative, market and development trends in Indian Country, including issues related to entity formation, financing and tax incentives, pending legislation on trust reform and TERA (Tribal Energy Resource Agreements) modifications, and ways to overcome barriers and otherwise develop successful projects.

Authors of the Renewable Energy Development in Indian Country: A Handbook for Tribes, Ater Wynne has special expertise in renewable energy development as well as a long history of serving Indian country.  If you are interested in learning more about the presentations at the program review or could otherwise use assistance with your energy projects, please feel free to contact Mr. MacCourt (dcm@aterwynne.com) or Mr. Karman (nak@aterwynne.com).