U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Tribal Energy Program

Writing the Strategic Plan

Armed with a vision statement, a champion, information on energy needs and forecasts, an understanding of resource options, technology preferences, and an overlay of tribal priorities, it becomes a relatively straightforward process to define and write down the tribe's strategic plan.


  • A strategic plan is a living document. If circumstances change, change the plan.

  • Renewable energy technologies are rapidly evolving. What may not be economic today may be the solution of choice tomorrow.

  • Different technical solutions often call for different institutional implementation arrangements. Multiple approaches are acceptable if the resources are available to pursue multiple options. However, be careful of getting spread too thin.

  • While it is the champion's job to keep the process and opportunities moving forward, there are extensive resources and expertise available to the tribe through several federal programs.

The strategic plan should include the following elements:

  • The vision statement

  • A description of the options and projects that appear to be technically and tribally viable.

  • A discussion of the preferred institutional arrangements and the activities necessary to put those institutions in place.

  • Key personnel and necessary external support.

  • A time line for implementation.

  • A budget.