The Osage Nation Energy Services, LLC, Board Chair Jill Jones spoke at the Tribal Renewable Energy Development workshop in Norman, Okla.
The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy hosted the workshop June 9–11 at the Riverwind Hotel and Casino in Norman.
Her presentation topic was “Strategic Planning for Tribal Energy Projects” and included case studies of several energy initiatives in Osage County along with the importance of strategic energy planning for tribes.
The workshop was well attended by various tribal leaders and included information on how tribes are tackling community-scale renewable energy projects, how to develop and implement the projects, and how to plan for the future.
According to the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs website, the workshop is the first in a series of regional workshops the DOE Office of Indian Energy is hosting this summer with support from DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Oklahoma Renewable Energy Project Development. The Finance Workshop will walk participants through a five-step process for developing facility- and community-scale renewable energy projects on tribal lands.
The workshop is designed exclusively for, and limited to, elected tribal leaders, tribal executives, and tribal staff, according to the website.