There are increasing opportunities for Native American tribes to partner with private companies to build solar, wind and other renewable-energy projects as the U.S. pivots to cleaner energy resources. However, obstacles regarding legal structuring, taxing and permitting, and sovereignty make these projects particularly difficult to execute.
In a recent California Energy Markets article, Iolande Bloxsom shares insights from Edison Energy’s December 14th webinar, “Powering the Future: How Indigenous Communities Are Harnessing Renewables to Achieve Energy Sovereignty”. The all-woman panel, including Raphaela Hsu-Flanders, Jordyn Burnouf, Elizabeth Crouse, Kerylyn Goldwyn, and Hannah Badrei, Ph.D., reviewed barriers that could prevent projects from moving forward, and educated developers about communication, cultural sensitivity, and special legal, regulatory and sovereignty issues.
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