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Tribes Seek Energy Control Using Tiny Power Grids Backed by US
“…tribes are now seeking Energy Department help to build their own clean energy generation, using tiny local grids that can improve access to electricity—and, in the process, harness control of their own resources.
“Our goals are to build resilience and exercise sovereignty by owning and operating our own power sources, and energy projects that create revenue so that we don’t have to rely on outside entities to control these things,” said Fletcher Wilkinson, energy manager for the Hopi Utilities Corp. Read the article on Bloomberg Law.
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.
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