Commercial-Scale Renewable Energy Projects on Tribal Lands - NR&E | Spring 2011
This article addresses the current development of renewable energy resources on Native American lands. Why have commercial-scale renewable energy projects not been developed as aggressively on reservations as other locations? Are there reasons to believe that the tide may soon turn and that there may be a trend toward the development of new projects on tribal lands? While these and similar questions are difficult to answer definitively, recent developments indicate positive momentum building in this area and enhanced prospects for the future of renewable energy development on tribal lands. Obstacles remain, however, and full realization of the potential will require a better understanding of these impediments and of the efforts being undertaken to address them.