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Exploring Challenges and Opportunities in Indian Energy Initiatives – An Engaging Panel Discussion

June 27 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

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Course Description:

In this panel discussion, we will be joined by experts to provide insights into the current state of energy in Indian Country and the initiatives being implemented to enhance energy access, efficiency, and sustainability. Our expert panelists will discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with these initiatives and their anticipated impacts on the energy landscape in Indian Country. As a moderated discussion, this session promises to offer valuable perspectives on the latest Indian energy initiatives and their potential to shape a cleaner and more sustainable future for tribal communities.

 Key Points/Learning Objectives

  • Describe the current state of energy in tribal communities and how it compares to the rest of the country.
  • Explain the key energy initiatives in Indian Country, including the Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Electric Mobility programs, and how they aim to address energy challenges.
  • Analyze the challenges and opportunities associated with these initiatives, such as financing, technology, policy, and regulation, and how they impact the success of these programs.
  • Evaluate the potential impact of these initiatives on the energy sector in Indian Country and beyond, including the economic, social, and environmental effects.
  • Identify successful case studies of Indian energy initiatives and discuss the key factors that contributed to their success.
  • Engage in a Q&A session with the panelists to clarify any questions or concerns regarding the initiatives and their impact on the Indian energy sector.

Overall, these learning objectives aim to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the current state of energy in tribal communities, the key energy initiatives, and the challenges and opportunities associated with them. Additionally, participants will learn about successful case studies and engage in a Q&A session to gain a deeper understanding of the initiatives and their potential impact.


 Theresa Bohannan, ADM Associates

Theresa Bohannan, ADM Associates

Senior Evaluation Researcher

Theresa Bohannan is a senior evaluation researcher at ADM Associates, specializing in conducting process evaluations of energy efficiency programs. With a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and over five years of experience in energy efficiency, she brings a strong background in training and technical assistance to her role. Additionally, Theresa has worked with tribal courts, conducting research on the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and its implications for addressing disproportionality in the child welfare system. Her expertise and background provide valuable insights into energy efficiency initiatives and their potential impact for tribal communities.

Margaret Schaff, NERC

Margaret Schaff, NERC

Margie is a partner at Native Energy Resources Counsel, LLC where she represents tribes and tribal organizations with tribal legal codes, tribal utility negotiations, electric power and transmission contracting, oil and gas, tribal energy resource development, business matters and energy strategies. Margie has also been an energy attorney for over 30 years.

Margie has also published law review articles including “Regulation of Electric Utilities on Indian Reservations” and “Indian Allottee Water Rights: A Case Study of Allotments on the Former Malheur Indian Reservation”

Tony Jimenez, NREL

Tony Jimenez, NREL


June 27
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
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