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ERIC Number: EJ767437
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0161-6463
Energy Planning for Indian Nations within the WRAP: A Field Guide
Acker, Thomas L.; Jones, Chian; Smith, Dean Howard
American Indian Culture and Research Journal, v30 n4 p115-132 2006
Energy in the form of electricity is a hot topic among tribes within the Western Regional Air Partnership (WRAP). For too many people, energy is too expensive, not reliable, or even nonexistent. For many tribal members, up to 20 or 30 percent of income is spent on energy, which is unbelievably high compared to nontribal people in the same area. Many houses and buildings within Indian nations connected to the existing electrical power grid are at the end of these lines and far away from the power source. As a result, any interruptions throughout the line will disrupt power to these houses and buildings. Thousands more homes and buildings are not connected to the existing grid and have no electricity. Creating energy plans specific to the needs of the tribal members will help bridge the gap between the current energy situation and the energy system tribes envision. This article provides an overview of the process for developing a tribal energy plan. The process includes the following steps: (1) development of a tribal energy vision; (2) energy efficiency (EE) programs; (3) renewable energy resource development; (4) electrification programs; and (5) energy plan implementation. Working with the Hualapai tribe in Arizona, the workshop curriculum was presented and led to instantaneous EE projects. Tribes should begin the process of energy planning for economic development (cost savings, revenue generation, job creation, and profit creation), energy independence, cultural integrity, and to increase tribal sovereignty. (Contains 5 figures and 21 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona