Energy Sovereignty Institute
Nathan Williams, a professor in Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS), and doctoral student Sherralyn Sneezer will lead a research project working with Native American communities to identify pathways towards achieving energy sovereignty. Read more in the RIT article.
Welcome to the Energy Sovereignty Institute’s online information clearinghouse, and resource-base and portal. Our goal is to assist Native American communities (beginning with New Mexico) in energy planning and deployments, and their pursuit of energy sovereignty, independence, and economic development.
Native communities can play a critical leadership role in the nation’s transition to a sustainable, resilient, and equitable energy system. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates that while American Indian land comprises about two percent of all U.S. land, Indian lands contain five percent of total U.S. renewable energy resource potential, including high generation potential for solar, wind and hydropower among other renewable resources.
The potential for renewable energy-based economic development in Indian Country is clearly vast. This short video conveys the possibilities and the opportunities:
We hope you find this resource website useful in pursuing your goals, and we value your feedback and suggestions; please contact us via the Contact Form. This clearinghouse is a living repository, with new information and news updates to be added over time; so please come back and visit often, and sign up for our newsletter.
“My biggest dream is for First Nation Communities to become energy independent before mainstream America.”Henry Red Cloud, Lakota Solar Enterprises Energy Sovereignty Initiative
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