Clean energy projects on Tribal lands can provide significant economic opportunities for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages and their communities. Some estimates indicate that Tribes might be able to earn revenues for renewable energy projects that could exceed those revenues currently earned by Tribal gaming. The types of renewable energy opportunities on Tribal lands vary and include geothermal, biomass, hydro-electric, wind and solar. Regarding the latter two, the Department of Energy estimates that the wind energy capacity on Tribal lands could provide more than 20 percent of the U.S.-installed electric power generated in 2004, whereas the solar energy potential for such lands is 4.5 times the current annual U.S. electric generation. The Tribal Environmental Policy Center truly believes that Tribes can and must be meaningful participants in the nation’s clean energy agenda to create clean energy jobs, move toward greater energy independent, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and to tap the huge renewable energy potential of Tribal lands. The Tribal Environmental Policy Center is committed to this effort.
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