Who Will Benefit from Attending
Attorneys, Tribal representatives, land use planners, environmental professionals, industry executives, governmental officials and consultants
Why You will Benefit from Attending
As we embark on the beginnings of a new federal Administration in Washington and the tenure of the first Native American Secretary of Interior, change for the better is in the air. Throughout the West and in Indian Country there is an expectancy of significant improvements in Tribal-federal relationships and opportunities for reservation economic development. Greg Smith from Hobbs Straus has been following these developments closely and will bring us up to speed on what we can reasonably expect from Congress, DOI, DOE, EPA, and USDA.
Tribal renewable energy in particular will be an important part of the administration's climate response and economic recovery efforts. We are very pleased to have Wahleah Johns, Director of DOE Office of Indian Energy, and Kelly Speakes-Backman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), to talk about how the Department plans to implement the American Energy Innovation Act of 2020 (AEIA) and with the goal of creating Tribal economic development opportunities. This will be an interactive online broadcast, so bring the questions you would like to ask them.
At the state level, California has been very aggressive in promoting development of Tribal renewable energy resources as part of its efforts to improve grid resiliency. We'll also cover programs being pursued by other Southwestern states.
All of this will provide an excellent foundation for the practical tips you'll hear for developing successful strategies and projects. This conference prides itself on offering lively and informative discussions with our speakers. We hope you will join us.
~ Todd Hooks, of Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and Pilar Thomas, Esq. of Quarles & Brady, Program Co-Chairs
What You Will Learn
- Impact of the Election on Federal Tribal Energy Policy
- The American Energy Innovation Act of 2020 (AEIA)
- How the AEIA Creates Tribal Economic Development Opportunities
- State-Level Programs for Promoting Tribal Energy Development
- Energy as the Locomotive and Caboose for Tribal Economic Development
- Regulatory Processes for Tribal Participation in Power Markets and Grid Operations
- Leverage Negotiations Over Expiring Rights of Way to Achieve Tribal Energy Infrastructure Development Goals
- The Potential Legal Risks and Costs Associated with Implementing New Technologies
- Tribal Project Development Success Stories
What Participants Have Said About Similar Programs
- Good detailed view of energy law in Calif and US.
- "Great presentations, especially the small projects by Tribes."
- "Excellent program."
- "So many amazing people!"
- *It was so helpful to learn about what other tribes are facing and accomplishing!
- *Impressive course with excellent presenters
Agenda Day 1
Pacific Time: Introduction & Overview
, Program Co-Chair, Economic Development Director
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians / Palm Springs, CA
Pilar Thomas, Esq.
, Program Co-Chair
Quarles & Brady / Tucson, AZ
Impact of the Election on Federal Energy Policy as It Relates to Tribal Sovereignty and Energy Development
The federal government as no longer necessary, and in the absence of funding, no longer sufficient for driving Tribal energy development: What can we reasonably expect from Congress, DOI, DOE, EPA, and USDA?
Gregory A. Smith, Esq.
Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker / Washington, DC
The American Energy Innovation Act of 2020 (AEIA) and How It Creates Tribal Economic Development Opportunities
Overview: A section-by-section analysis of the provisions with a focus on the areas of most significance for Tribes
Richard A. Agnew, Esq.
Van Ness Feldman / Washington, DC
Perspectives from the key DOE offices
DOE Office of Indian Energy / Washington, DC
The Hon. Kelly Speakes-Backman
, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy / Washington, DC
State-Level Programs for Promoting Tribal Energy Development in California
Mandated utility resiliency planning, the role for Tribes in that process, and the opportunities for Tribal development of infrastructure for achieving greater resiliency
Kenneth C. Holbrook
, Tribal Advisor
California Public Utilities Commission / Sacramento, CA
Thomas Gates, Ph.D.
, Tribal Liaison
California Energy Commission / Sacramento, CA
Jennifer W. Summers, Esq.
, Director, Tribal Relations & Land Services
San Diego Gas & Electric / San Diego, CA
State-Level Programs in Other Southwestern States
Overview of the political landscape and programs the Southwestern states are putting in place
, Interior West Manager & Tribal Liaison
Vote Solar / Albuquerque, NM
Energy as the Locomotive and Caboose for Tribal Economic Development
Case study of the Soboba ball field and community center project that morphed into a solar development: A good example of a tribal community and government working with a private sector developer and creating a larger community effort
Margaret M. Schaff, Esq.
Margaret M. Schaff PC / Boulder, CO
, Tribal Administrator
Soboba Band of Luseno Indians / San Jacinto, CA
Virtual Reception for Faculty and Attendees
Test your energy knowledge during our virtual Jeopardy-style game show and win some swag or at least learn some new things
Friday, May 7, 2021
Navigating the Regulatory Processes for Tribal Participation in Evolving Power Markets, Grid Operations, and Microgrids
At the federal level: What to expect from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding power market operations and interconnection processes
Maranda S. Compton, Esq.
Van Ness Feldman / Washington, DC
State and regional market structures and operations
Tara S. Kaushik, Esq.
, Managing Director, Regulatory Affairs
Southern California Edison / San Francisco, CA
The potential role for Tribes as sovereigns in project development and interconnection processes
, Managing Director of Native American Energy
Avant Energy / Chandler, AZ
Negotiating Leverage: Opportunities for Tribes with Expiring Right of Way Easements on Tribal Lands
Legal and practical perspectives on the issues you can leverage in negotiations to achieve Tribal energy infrastructure development goals
Thomas N Tureen, Esq.
Nacero, Inc. / Houston, TX
Pilar Thomas, Esq.
, Program Co-Chair
Quarles & Brady / Tucson, AZ
Due Diligence: The Potential Legal Risks and Costs Associated with Implementing New Technologies
Identifying risks and addressing them in Tribal codes: Hydrogen explosions, battery fires, building code provisions for rooftop solar and behind the meter storage
Al J. Cadreau
Indian Energy LLC / Newport Beach, CA
Tribal Project Development Success Stories
Planning and installing critical clean power infrastructure: Financing options and training resources for Tribes pursuing on-reservation community solar projects, highlighting the Spokane Tribe's rooftop solar initiative
, Director of Tribal Programs
GRID Alternatives / Denver, CO
Tribal electric utility: Update negotiations with Southern California Edison and the operational accomplishments of Pechanga Western Electric
Breann Yoshiko Swann Nu'uhiwa, Esq.
, Senior Associate General Counsel
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians / Temecula, CA
Jicarilla Apache Nation electric utility buyout and utility formation processes: Tips for getting the deals done
Nann M. Winter, Esq.
Stelzner Winter Warburton Flores Sanchez Dawes / Albuquerque, NM
Evaluations and Adjourn
Todd Hooks, Program Co-Chair, is the Economic Development Director for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.
Pilar Thomas, Program Co-Chair, is a partner in the Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Practice Group at Quarles & Brady. Prior to entering private practice, she was the Deputy Director for the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs at the US Department of Energy and Deputy Solicitor of Indian Affairs for the US Department of the Interior.
Richard A. Agnew is a partner at Van Ness Feldman focusing on energy projects, environmental matters, and the uses of natural resources. He previously served as Chief Republican Counsel for the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs (now the Committee on Natural Resources) of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rick served as committee counsel and staff supervisor in a wide array of federal issues, involving natural resources, Native Americans, and energy production and use.
Mayane Barudin is Interior West Manager & Tribal Liaison for Vote Solar. A Tribal member of Kewa Pueblo in New Mexico, she previously worked with the United Nations Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (SPFII) and organizing with other local and national non-profits to push a solar transition within Tribal nations and at a state level.
Al J. Cadreau is CEO of Indian Energy LLC. He has expertise in full-scale development of hybrid utility scale electric power generation with an emphasis on parabolic trough (CSTP) technology integrated with combined cycle gas fired turbine generators (CCGT).
Mike Castello is Tribal Administrator of the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians.
Maranda S. Compton is a partner at Van Ness Feldman and a co-coordinator of Van Ness Feldman's Native Affairs practice. She is experienced in representing both tribal and non- tribal clients in a wide range of federal regulatory, environmental, energy, and natural resources issues.
Thomas Gates, Ph.D., is the Tribal Liaison for the California Energy Commission. He has three decades of experience working with Tribal governments in the areas of tribal historic preservation, land conservation, self-governance and Tribal energy.
Kenneth C. Holbrook, Tribal Advisor at the California Public Utilities Commission, is a member of the Maidu Tribe and the Pit River Tribe. He also is President of Native Forest Resources, Inc., which provides solutions to sustainable forestry and fire resilient forest project planning and implementation needs.
Wahleah Johns is Director of the DOE Office of Indian Energy and a member of the Navajo (Dine) Tribe. In her DOE capacity, she is responsible for upholding and advancing the Office of Indian Energy's mission to maximize the development and deployment of energy solutions for the benefit of American Indians and Alaska Natives. She previously co-founded Native Renewables, a nonprofit that builds renewable energy tribal capacity while addressing energy access.
Tara S. Kaushik is the Managing Director for Regulatory Affairs at Southern California Edison. She formerly was in private practice focusing on utility law, energy regulatory law and native American law.
John Lewis is Managing Director of Native American Energy for Avant Energy. He has overseen a wide array of projects including Tribal utility formation, renewable energy development, Tribal organizational management, energy infrastructure development and energy and utility related negotiations.
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, and she continues to work closely with the utility's leadership team on legal and regulatory matters.
Margaret M. Schaff, Margaret M. Schaff PC, consults with tribes on energy issues including electric power generation, high voltage transmission, oil and gas, tribal utilities, rights of way, energy strategies and tribal energy and land legal codes.
Gregory A. Smith is a partner at Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker. He has represented Indian tribes and tribal organizations as an attorney and as a government affairs specialist for nearly twenty years.
The Hon. Kelly Speakes-Backman is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), and Acting Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy. She previously served as the first CEO of the Energy Storage Association, the national trade organization for the energy storage industry.
Jennifer W. Summers is Director of Tribal Relations & Land Services at San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). She manages Company relations with county, city, and other local government and quasi-government jurisdictions supporting land and the Native American communities that SDG&E serves.
Thomas N Tureen is Chairman of Nacero, Inc. and also Chairman and Co-Founder of Coachella Energy. It is a partnership between Coachella Partners LLC, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and Southern California Edison for a $1.0 billion transmission upgrade project for bringing renewable energy into California.
Tim Willink, is a Navajo from Pueblo Pintado and Director of Tribal Programs for GRID Alternatives. He leads the company's new National Tribal Solar Program. He formerly worked as a lobbyist for the Navajo Nation Washington Office representing the tribe in economic development and education and and spent six years with Namaste Solar as a Field Supervisor for commercial solar installations.
Nann M. Winter is a shareholder at Stelzner Winter Warburton Flores Sanchez Dawes. She advises the Jicarilla Apache Nation, Angel Fire Public Improvement District, and other local governments on utility matters. She also lobbies on behalf of local government interests.
Continuing Education Credits
Live credits: Law Seminars International is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 11.00 California MCLE and 10.75 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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