Below are resources for Tribes about utilities.
The Economics of Electric System Municipalization
Looks at the economic environment in California to determine whether municipalization would be a beneficial option for many California cities. Source: Bay Area Economic Forum.
Model Energy and Utility Service Code
A model tribal law for energy and utility services prepared for Kansas Tribes in a Word document that can be used by other Tribes. Source: Mni Sose Intertribal Water Rights Coalition.
Municipal Electric Utilities: Analysis and Case Studies
Gives an overview of municipal electric utilities, the pros and cons of pursuing municipalization, and four case studies to provide context. Source: Boulder Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Working Group.
Navajo Green Jobs
Covers models of ownership for energy and environmental enterprises, business plans, financing, taxes, legal considerations, and business site leasing. Includes a renewable energy business plan template. Source: Navajo Green Jobs.
Tribal Authority Process Case Studies: The Conversion of On-Reservation Electric Utilities to Tribal Ownership and Operation
Case studies of tribal utilities and an overview of the processes followed by the Tribes in developing their utility authorities. Includes the Aha Macav Power Service, Tohono O’Odham Utility Authority, Umpqua Indian Utility Cooperative, Ak-Chin Indian Community Electric Utility Authority, Gila River Indian Community Utility Authority, Yakama Power, and the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority. Source: Western Area Power Administration.
Tribal Energy Resource Agreements: DOI Application and Review Process Flow Chart
An overview of the steps involved in obtaining a tribal energy resource agreement (TERA), which allows Tribes to manage leases, business agreements, and rights-of-way for energy development on tribal lands without the prior approval of the Secretary of the Interior. Source: Argonne National Laboratory.
Tribal Energy Resource Agreements: DOI Final Rule 25 CFR Part 224 (Federal Register)
Detailed description of the rules and regulations governing the establishment of a TERA. Source: Argonne National Laboratory.
Tribal Legal Code: Umpqua Indian Utility Cooperative
Example tribal utility legal code. Also includes an example tribal energy development vision statement. Source: Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians.
Wind Energy Guide for County Commissioners
Comprehensive guidebook for wind project implementation aimed at a local audience, specifically county commissioners. Discusses the project development process, permitting, zoning, environmental benefits, and economics. U.S. Department of Energy.