Here’s something that may be of interest to Alaskan tribes…..The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy and the Western Area Power Administration has been offering webinars this past year for tribes. The final one will be on at Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 9a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Alaska Time.
Tying into this webinar may help with any questions on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean Power Plan (CPP) and may have implications per regulations with tribes. Part of the CPP will attempt to reduce carbon pollution from power plants to mitigate climate change. (It is a first in going after power producing sites in lowering carbon emissions)
Tribal communities are considered ‘stakeholders’ as the government assesses that tribal health, economic well-being, and cultural traditions are tightly intertwined with the natural environment, and thus would be strongly affected by changes in the ecosystem. There is another aspect in that tribal lands have an estimated 5% of U.S. renewable energy generation (potentially) -which could possibly replace a portion of the energy produced from fossil fuel power plants.
The webinar presenter will be Jana Ganion, Energy Director for White House Climate Action Champion Blue Lake Rancheria (CA).
Some believe that the CPP opportunity for tribes incentives for clean energy development are good, but tribal governments obviously have a direct federal-tribal structure excluding public comment process. This is something that is being looked into. If you are interested, the contact information to tie in is at : https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/121519694