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Indian Nations Law Update - March 2015

March 9, 2015

Indian Nations Law Update - March 2015

March 9, 2015

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Godfrey & Kahn’s Pierson & Clancy to present on Renewable Energy at National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) in May

Godfrey & Kahn Indian Nations Law Team Leader Brian Pierson and Environment & Energy Strategies Team Leader John Clancy will present "Financing Renewable Energy for Indian Housing" at the Amerind/NAIHC Annual Convention and Trade Show to be held at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona May 12 -14, 2015. The presentation will:

  • Discuss how a tribe’s development of solar, wind and other clean sources of energy can strengthen tribal sovereignty through energy independence, promote tribal environmental values and reduce energy costs;
  • Explain how formation of limited liability companies enables Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHE,) otherwise unable to take advantage of tax credits, to obtain financing from investors through the federal renewable energy tax credits;
  • Describe the role of power purchase agreements, net metering and other issues relating to the economics of renewable energy; and
  •  Illustrate with real world, Indian country examples.

Godfrey & Kahn works extensively with tribes and Indian country developers to finance and develop wind, solar and other green, renewable energy facilities. For more information or a free consultation, contact Brian Pierson at 414.287.9456 or

Godfrey & Kahn and Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi (NHBP) to present on renewable energy financing at National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) conference March 31

Godfrey & Kahn’s Environment & Energy Strategies Team Leader John Clancy and Indian Nations Law Team Leader Brian Pierson will join Tony Day of the NHBP Indians to present a workshop at the NIGA’s annual convention and trade show March 31 - April 2, 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center.

The presentation, "Casino Energy Consumption and the Seven Generations Ethic: The economic, environmental and cultural benefits of replacing carbon-based energy with renewable energy," will focus on strategies to reduce the cost of converting casinos and other tribal buildings to cost-effective solar, wind, biomass and other renewable energy sources by partnering with investors and developers to take advantage of federal renewable energy tax credits, depreciation and other state and federal renewable energy incentives. It will include a primer on the economics of renewable energy (e.g., rates, geographical factors, net-metering issues, state regulatory factors, etc.), a detailed explanation of the investment tax credit strategy and descriptions of actual Indian country projects, including the solar photovoltaic and thermal renewable energy initiatives of the NHBP Indians. Questions and ongoing interaction with the audience will be encouraged.

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