About the Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development

The U.S. Department of Energy's Tribal Energy Program has created this website to give you the information you need to achieve your energy goals. Tribal clean energy development can serve many goals: economic development, electrification, self-sufficiency, clean air ... the list is as long as you wish to make it.

This site is a guide to your tribe's energy future. It is not prescriptive. We cannot create or implement your future; this is for you and members of your tribe to accomplish. Like many journeys, your journey toward tribal energy self-sufficiency will include many decisions about where to go and how to get there. A map cannot tell you where to go, but it can provide a picture for you to better understand the possible destinations and the stops that may be useful, interesting, and sometimes necessary on the way. Think of this Guide as a national map, and treat each section as a more detailed map of individual stops you may choose to explore on your journey.

Of course, every tribe is different, but the topics listed under Development Process are the steps your tribe is likely to follow when deciding how to go about developing your own clean energy resources. The rest of the site is packed with information about energy and all the related issues — the environment, economics, risk factors, legal issues, financing, etc. The site includes many of the forms and documents your tribe may need when developing clean energy resources on your tribal lands.

Looking for a specific document on this website? If you know the name of it, you might try using our document index under Related Links. This index provides quick access to all the documents on this Guide to Tribal Clean Energy Development website, without having to navigate through the rest of the site to find them.

We are continually adding to and modifying the information presented here. If you have information or a document that you think should be added to the Guide, please contact the Webmaster.