Renewable Energy Projects on Tribal Lands: Regulatory Authority, Development, Financing Structures

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE video webinar with Q&A


Conducted on Tuesday, June 29, 2021

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will provide renewable energy and utility counsel guidance on developing and financing renewable energy projects on tribal lands. The speakers will discuss the development and operation of renewable energy projects on tribal lands, federal and state regulatory authority, infrastructure, and financing structures.

Description

Developers and investors are focusing on the development of renewable projects on tribal lands for tribal communities and corporate off-takers, among others. Developing renewable energy projects on tribal land may require compliance with federal, state, and/or tribal laws and regulations.

Tribal lands across the United States offer an abundance of potential renewable energy resources. To make the most of these resources for tribal and non-tribal parties alike, developers, operators, and investors must consider how best to navigate the regulatory framework applicable to tribal lands and the potential deal structures, including investment agreements, leases, and other investment and contractual structures and incentives.

Listen as our speakers provide an overview of the potential opportunities to contribute to and be involved in the development of renewable energy projects on tribal lands, including jurisdictional considerations, investment and development opportunities, and access, routing, and permitting.

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Outline

  1. The current state of renewable energy development on tribal lands
  2. Regulatory authority
    1. Tribal jurisdiction
    2. Federal, state, and local jurisdiction
  3. Investment and financing arrangements
  4. Development and operational considerations
    1. Tribal ownership
    2. Non-tribal ownership
    3. Leases
    4. Deal structure
    5. Electrification
  5. Best practices for counsel and operators

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are the current considerations for the development and regulation of renewable energy projects on tribal lands?
  • Who has jurisdiction over projects on tribal lands?
  • What must be done to successfully site, permit, and develop the projects?
  • What financing options and deal structures are available and what are the key considerations for investors?

Faculty

Mayer, Benjamin
Benjamin A. Mayer

Partner
K&L Gates

Mr. Mayer's practice focuses on environmental, energy, and utility law and regulation, and American Indian law. He...  |  Read More

Szalay, Endre
Endre M. Szalay

Attorney
K&L Gates

Mr. Szalay is an associate in the environment, land and natural resources group in the Seattle office. He assists a...  |  Read More

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