WASHINGTON, DC — The Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with the National Conference of State Legislatures, yesterday concluded the 7th National Clean Energy Summit. During the two-day state-by-state conference, DOE welcomed more than 60 state leaders and 350 participants for open and comprehensive conversations about state energy concerns. Throughout the conference, US Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm, DOE’s Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs Director Wahleah Johns, and other senior DOE officials met with participants to exchange ideas and explore cost-effective ways to manage of Tribal power that aligns with President Biden. commitment to an inclusive and equitable transition to a clean energy future.
“For the Biden-Harris Administration, national engagement is not a box to be checked — it’s a partnership that can be made,” he said. US Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “It was an honor to sit with the nation’s leaders and hear how the Department can better align our resources with their vision for a clean energy future—to chart a path forward—and—that advances the nation’s energy sovereignty, strengthens energy independence, and addresses the climate crisis.”
“We know progress requires commitment, and the Department of Energy is committed to strengthening the nation’s energy management. This means ensuring international access to historic funding opportunities and partnering with the United Nations’ goals for a cleaner, safer and more prosperous energy future. “The future is bright for Indian Country, and we know that when tribes succeed, the energy security of the United States is strengthened,” he said. Wahleah Johns, DOE Director of the Indian Energy Office.
During the summit, national leaders participated in a high-level presentation of key DOE programs, a moderated national leadership caucus discussion, and a roundtable discussion on national energy sovereignty with Secretary Granholm. Other key energy stakeholders are involved in a different and more influential track with DOE’s briefings on current developments and opportunities, as well as key external strategies to support the development of the nation’s energy infrastructure and advance the nation’s energy security and independence.
“What a great conference! Good job DOE! “I was able to spend some quality time with DOE staff, as well as other National Leaders,” he said Myron Lizer, Vice President of the Navajo Nation. “The Navajo Nation is very much looking forward to continuing to work with the DOE. Thanks and good job Director Johns—Ahéhee’!”
“As the United States moves toward a cleaner future, it is critical to continue these government-to-government discussions with the nation’s international community to ensure that we place an equitable balance on energy sources that preserve our ability to maintain our nation’s sovereignty and protect our environment. and cultural benefits,” he said Bobby Gonzalez, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Caddo Nation of Oklahoma. “Tribal lands hold a lot of potential for energy production — from traditional sources and renewable resources — and it’s great to see the Department of Energy, and the Biden Administration, acknowledge that.”
“Coming to Washington DC from Southeast Alaska is a trip to the meetings. Our special needs where I live are not understood or addressed. “I feel that this conference was very successful, and I feel that we are hearing from our people,” he said Keolani K. Booth, Member of the Metlakatla Indian Community Council. “I bring with me a wealth of knowledge and new relationships that I think my nation, and the country of India, is in a better position than ever.”
“Learning about all the opportunities available in Indian Country and Alaska at the Clean Energy Summit was great,” he said. Chairman Melvin J. Baker of the Southern Ute Indian Nation. “Each nation is different with their own national needs. I’m looking forward to the next summit!”
“We thank Congress and the White House for the enactment and implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act and we greatly appreciate the historic investment in renewable energy infrastructure that will enable us to achieve energy independence and self-sufficiency,” he said. Donna Thompson, Vice Chair of the Fort Hall Business Council, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. “We appreciate the efforts of the Department of Energy to work closely with us to help ensure that the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes can fully utilize the resources available under these laws to meet the energy needs of future generations.”
I appreciate Secretary Granholm taking the time to meet with us, I have had the privilege of meeting him before. His effort in working with Tribal Nations is very commendable. “We have high hopes that Secretary Granholm will continue his relationship with Tribal Nations,” he said Chaired by Mark Fox of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. “As an energy producing nation, we have a lot of experience in responsible management and development. As we continue to develop our renewable energy projects, we look forward to a coordinated funding process.”
“The nation’s Clean Energy Summit was important in building a relationship with the DOE, especially with the Pueblos, because tribes are at all different stages on the journey toward energy governance,” he said. Clarice Madalena, Director of Natural Resources, Pueblo of Jemez.
“The effects of climate on the resources needed by the nation’s people have reached catastrophic levels. As an Independent Power Producer, Energy Keepers Inc was excited to participate in this year’s Tribal Clean Energy Summit as we look forward to working with the DOE to bring more renewable energy to the country and begin to address these impacts. The recently passed law has provided an unprecedented opportunity for nations and tribes to make a significant contribution to the country’s energy transition and reinvestment in tribal communities. “This year’s convention has done an excellent job of creating meaningful opportunities for the people to benefit from the new programs created by the law,” he said. Brian Lipscomb, CEO, Energy Keepers Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
In its response to President Biden’s Memorandum on National Engagement and Strengthening Nation-to-Nation Relations, DOE reviewed its engagement with nations and communities in 2021 to better understand what it means to respect national sovereignty and ensure that the views of national leaders are better aligned. in the DOE’s decision-making process and policy discussions. Under Secretary Granholm’s leadership, DOE has convened numerous consultations, listening sessions, and panel discussions to meet the President’s vision and strengthen its commitment to working with nations and communities to build an inclusive and equitable clean energy future.