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Indian Nations Law Update - May 2013

May 06, 2013

U.S. DOE Announces $7 Million to Promote Clean Energy in Tribal Communities
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced up to $7 million in new funding opportunities to help deploy clean energy projects in tribal communities. These grants can help tribes reduce reliance on fossil fuels and promote economic development and energy independence.

The "Community-Scale Clean Energy Projects in Indian Country" ($2.5 to $4.5 million total available funds) grant program will aid tribes in installing clean energy systems that reduce fossil fuel use by at least 15% in either new or existing tribal buildings. Individual awards may range from $50,000 to $1.5 million, with a minimum 50% cost share required, and DOE anticipates making 10 to 20 awards.

The "Tribal Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Deployment Assistance" grant program (approximately $2.5 million total funds available) will aid tribes in installing renewable energy and energy efficiency technology that reduce fossil fuel use in existing tribal buildings by at least 30%. Individual awards may range from $50,000 to $250,000, with a minimum 50% cost share required. DOE anticipates making 10 to 20 awards. More information on DOE's funding announcement can be found here.

Godfrey & Kahn has assisted tribes with the preparation of renewable energy and energy efficiency grant applications that have resulted in total awards of more than $5 million. Godfrey & Kahn also assists tribes in packaging federal grants with other grants and tax incentives, including the 30% federal tax credit for renewable energy projects, state and/or utility grants and New Market Tax Credits.

For more information about Godfrey & Kahn's energy-related Indian country experience, or a free consultation, contact Indian Nations Law Practice Group leader Brian Pierson at 414.287.9456 or bpierson@gklaw.com, or Environment and Energy Strategies Practice Group leader John Clancy 414.287.9256 or jclancy@gklaw.com.

Godfrey & Kahn to Present on Financing Renewable Energy at National American Indian Housing Council Convention in Chicago May 22
The National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) is holding its annual convention and trade show at the downtown Sheraton in Chicago May 21-23, 2013. Godfrey & Kahn attorneys Brian Pierson and John Clancy will join with Kevin Fitzgibbons to present "Financing Wind, Solar and Bio-Power for Indian Housing" from 8:15-10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22. Kevin is the immediate past administrator of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Eastern Woodlands Office of Native American Programs. The panel will describe successful renewable energy initiatives in Indian country and discuss tax incentives and other funding sources that may enable tribes to convert to green energy without spending tribal funds. For more information, click here.

Godfrey & Kahn to Present on Financing Renewable Energy at Albuquerque Conference June 11
The "Developing Tribal Energy Resources and Economies Conference" will be held June 10-12, 2013 at Sandia Resort and Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Godfrey & Kahn attorneys Brian Pierson and John Clancy will join with Forest County Potawatomi Attorney General Jeffrey Crawford to present "Casino Energy Consumption and the Seven Generations Ethic" from 3:00 to 4:30 pm on Tuesday, June 11. The presentation will describe successful Indian country projects and focus on financing strategies that enable tribes to convert to cleaner, less expensive energy using federal tax incentives and other non-tribal funding sources. For more information, click here.

Godfrey & Kahn works with tribes to maximize outside funding sources to finance green energy and promote tribal energy independence. For more information about Godfrey & Kahn's Indian country experience, or a free consultation, contact Indian Nations Law Practice Group leader Brian Pierson at 414.287.9456 or bpierson@gklaw.com, or Environment and Energy Strategies Practice Group leader John Clancy, 414.287.9256 or jclancy@gklaw.com.

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