Law Seminars International Presents:

A Comprehensive Conference on

Tribal Energy in the Southwest

New opportunities for Tribal projects and ways to exercise sovereignty over a Tribe's energy future

Media Sponsor: Energy News Network, a nationally recognized news publication featuring original state-based reporting, dedicated to keeping stakeholders, policymakers, and citizens informed about the important changes taking place within the transition to a clean energy economy.


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November 21 & 22, 2019

Albuquerque, NM

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Program Overview

Who Should Attend

Attorneys, Tribal representatives, industry executives, governmental officials and consultants

Why You Should Attend

This year has seen increased momentum for a transition to clean power in the West. New Mexico has made the most dramatic move with its Energy Transition Act, which mandates 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2040. We're very pleased to be able to feature Sarah Cottrell Propst, Secretary of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources along with Lynn A. Trujillo, Cabinet Secretary for New Mexico's Indian Affairs Department, to talk about implementation of the Act and the resulting opportunities for Tribes. You will also have an opportunity to hear about clean power initiatives in the other southwestern states.

Against this backdrop we have Tribes increasingly interested in exercising sovereignty over their energy future. We'll have a case study of the partnership developed by the Jicarilla Apache Nation, Public Service Company of New Mexico, and City of Albuquerque. We'll also have case studies of Tribal utility formation and operation along with ones on projects to benefit Tribal members as consumers of energy services.

Take a detailed look at the practical topics we'll be covering and the speakers you'll be able to hear and ask to address your specific questions. This year's program is a great opportunity to pick up insights to help you map out the most effective adaptation strategy for your Tribe.

We hope you'll be able to join us for both the program and a reception at the end of the first day. That will be a great opportunity to develop relationships with peers working on these very important issues.

~ Cathy Newby, of Public Service Company of New Mexico and Pilar Thomas, Esq. of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • New Mexico's Energy Transition Act (ETA) and the resulting opportunities for Tribes
  • Tribes as energy suppliers in New Mexico
  • Opportunities for Tribes in other Southwestern states
  • Tribal utility formation and operation
  • Closed loop hydrogen clean energy production
  • Storage and other grid reliability and resiliency solutions
  • Community-scale solar development
  • Electrification of transportation
  • Industry perspective on development opportunities and obstacles
  • Federal funding for Tribal energy projects

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

  • "Excellent program."
  • "So many amazing people!"
  • "Great presentations, especially the small projects by Tribes."
  • "It was so helpful to learn about what other tribes are facing and accomplishing!"

Agenda Day 1

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Cathy Newby , Program Co-Chair, Director, Tribal Government Engagement
Public Service Company of New Mexico / Albuquerque, NM

Pilar Thomas, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie / Tucson, AZ

8:45 am

Special Opening Addresses: New Mexico's Energy Transition Act (ETA) and the Resulting Opportunities for Tribes

How the ETA fits into the overall picture for economic development and environmental protection in New Mexico

The Hon. Sarah Cottrell Propst , Secretary of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources
State of New Mexico / Santa Fe, NM

Tribal participation in New Mexico's clean energy future: Update on Tribal outreach and consultation initiatives; case study of funding for energy infrastructure for the Eastern Navajo to hook up homes that have not had electric power

The Hon. Lynn A. Trujillo, Esq. , Cabinet Secretary
New Mexico Indian Affairs Department / Santa Fe, NM

10:15 am

Break

10:30 am

Tribes as Energy Suppliers in New Mexico

Case study of the partnership developed by the Jicarilla Apache Nation, Public Service Company of New Mexico and City of Albuquerque: Overview

Cathy Newby , Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Public Service Company of New Mexico / Albuquerque, NM

Perspectives on what it takes to get to win-win for everyone involved

Sandra Begay , Director of the Environmental Health Department
City of Albuquerque / Albuquerque, NM

Ronald N. Darnell , Senior Vice President of Public Policy
PNM Resources / Albuquerque, NM

Nann M. Winter, Esq.
Stelzner Winter Warburton Flores Sanchez Dawes / Albuquerque, NM

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Tribal Utility Formation and Operation

Tips from outside counsel: Five things Tribes should consider when forming a Tribal electric utility

Tara S. Kaushik, Esq.
Holland & Knight / San Francisco, CA

Case study of the initial planning process for the Pechanga Utility

Breann Yoshiko Swann Nu'uhiwa, Esq. , Senior Associate General Counsel
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians / Temecula, CA

Lessons from planning, implementation, and operation of the Gila River Tribal utility

John Lewis , Chairman of the Board
Gila River Indian Community Utility Authority / Chandler, AZ

Leonard S. Gold , General Manager
Gila River Indian Community Utility Authority / Chandler, AZ

3:15 pm

Break

3:30 pm

Opportunities for Tribes from Clean Renewable Energy Transition Plans in Other Southwestern States: What are the States Looking For?

Finding the areas where Tribal resources enjoy the best fit with state energy policies

Christopher C. Deschene, Esq.
Deschene Consulting / Washington, DC

4:15 pm

Closed Loop Hydrogen Clean Energy Production and Management

Case study of the carbon capture project on the Navajo reservation that feeds the carbon to tomato plants in a greenhouse and also could be used for producing cleaner liquid fuels

Karl Rudisill , CEO and Founder
Element One Technologies / Salt Lake City, UT

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

Friday, November 22, 2019

8:30 am

Tribal Project Development

Development of storage and other grid reliability and resiliency solutions: Overview of potential pathways

Arthur J. O'Donnell
The Energy Overseer / Albuquerque, NM

Electrification of transportation

Tim Willink , Director of Tribal Programs
GRID Alternatives / Denver, CO

Industry perspectives on development opportunities and obstacles

Shaun Tsabetsaye , Project Manager, Tribal Renewable Energy Development
Nextera Energy / Albuquerque, NM

10:15 am

Break

10:30 am

Federal Funding for Tribal Energy Projects

Overview of the alphabet soup of agencies and programs; Department of Energy projects; prospects for additional federal funding

Pilar Thomas, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie / Tucson, AZ

A detailed look at Department of the Interior Tribal assistance programs

Stephen A. Manydeeds , Chief, Division of Energy and Mineral Development
Bureau of Indian Affairs / Lakewood, CO

Department of Agriculture: Major changes after the Farm Bill

Tedd Buelow , Native American Coordinator, Office of Rural Development
U.S. Department of Agriculture / Washington, DC

Community-scale solar project: Case study of solar installations at the Spokane Tribe reservation with funding in part from the Department of Energy and the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund

Timothy Horan , Executive Director
Spokane Indian Housing Authority / Wellpinit, WA

12:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

Cathy Newby, Cathy Newby, Program Co-Chair, is Director of Tribal Government Engagement at Public Service Company of New Mexico. She develops community and governmental strategies and programs to enhance and maintain relationships with all Native American communities that PNM serves.

Pilar Thomas, Pilar Thomas, Program Co-Chair, is Of Counsel to Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie. She returned to the firm after serving as the Deputy Director for the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs at the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Hon. Sarah Cottrell Propst The Hon. Sarah Cottrell Propst is Secretary of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources for the State of New Mexico. She formerly served as the Executive Director of the Interwest Energy Alliance, a non-profit trade association that represents the nation's leading companies in the renewable energy industry.

The Hon. Lynn A. Trujillo The Hon. Lynn A. Trujillo is Cabinet Secretary for New Mexico Indian Affairs Department. She formerly served as Native American Coordinator for USDA Rural Development programs.

Sandra Begay Sandra Begay is Director of the Environmental Health Department for the City of Albuquerque.

Tedd Buelow Tedd Buelow is the Native American Coordinator for the Office of Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Ronald N. Darnell Ronald N. Darnell is Senior Vice President of Public Policy at PNM Resources. He is responsible for regulatory administration and government affairs, corporate communications and marketing, community relations and stakeholder engagement, and customer operations.

Christopher C. Deschene, Christopher C. Deschene, Deschene Consulting, is the former Director for the Office of Indian Energy Policy & Programs at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Leonard S. Gold Leonard S. Gold is the General Manager of the Gila River Indian Community Utility Authority.

Timothy Horan Timothy Horan is the Executive Director of the Spokane Indian Housing Authority. It is currently implementing the Children of the Sun Solar Initiative (COSSI) project, which will save the Tribe $2.8 million over its 35-year lifespan.

Tara S. Kaushik Tara S. Kaushik is a partner at Holland & Knight. She represents energy companies, investors, local governments, Alaska Native Corporations and Tribal entities in project development.

John Lewis John Lewis is Chairman of the Board for the Gila River Indian Community Utility Authority. He also is Executive Director of Tribal Client Development for Avant Energy.

Stephen A. Manydeeds Stephen A. Manydeeds is the Chief of the Division of Energy and Mineral Development at the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He oversees a unique, federal office responsible for all energy and mineral activity on Indian Trust lands nationwide.

Breann Yoshiko Swann Nu'uhiwa Breann Yoshiko Swann Nu'uhiwa serves as Senior Associate General Counsel for the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians. She co-led Pechanga's initiative to form Pechanga Western Electric, the first Tribally owned and operated wholesale electric utility in the State of California.

Arthur J. O'Donnell, Arthur J. O'Donnell, The Energy Overseer, formerly served as a Program and Project Supervisor working on smart grid and storage implementation for the California PUC.

Karl Rudisill Karl Rudisill is CEO and Founder of Element One Technologies. He specializes in the development of hydrogen production systems and powering applications.

Shaun Tsabetsaye Shaun Tsabetsaye is Project Manager for Tribal Renewable Energy Development at Nextera Energy. His Primary duties include collaboration with Tribes to avoid conflicts and understand cultural sensitivity concerns, and discussion of early stage business development opportunities.

Tim Willink is Director of Tribal Programs at GRID Alternatives. In that capacity, he works to bring solar power and job training to Tribal communities nationwide.

Nann M. Winter Nann M. Winter is a shareholder at Stelzner Winter Warburton Flores Sanchez Dawes. She advises the Jicarilla Apache Nation on utility matters.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 10.20 New Mexico MCLE credits and 10.25 ABCEP environmental professional credits. Upon request, we will help you apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.

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Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

2401 12th Street NW in Albuquerque, NM 87104
(505) 843-7270

The conference will be held at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center at 2401 12th Street NW in Albuquerque, NM 87104. Lodging is available at a number of nearby hotels.
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