Indian Affairs | Division of Energy Policy Development

Energy & Mineral Development Regulations 

 Utility Scale Solar Energy Workshop


The workshop provided BIA and other DOI staff with a comprehensive, high-level understanding of what utility-scale solar energy development entails. Topics included BIA’s renewable energy development process, project financing, basics of utility-scale solar technologies, potential environmental impacts and mitigation measures, the development process, concerns and priorities of other federal agencies, and transmission development.   

Concentrating Solar Power OverviewArizona Public Service's Interconnection Process 
Financing - Tax IssuesBLM Preapplication Meeting
Financing Options Cultural Resources and Native American Concerns
Market Assessment Ecological Resources: Impacts and Mitigation
NEPA Best Practices Visual Resources: Impacts and Mitigation
Overview of the BLM Solar Energy ProgramWater Resoures: Impacts and Mitigation 
Power Purchase Agreements Role of the National Park Service 
Solar Resources and PV OverviewProject Development Process 
Industry Perspective - KRoadGila Bend: Solar Field Overlay Zone 
Maps for the KRoad Project U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
Transmission Overview Western's Interconnection Process 
Transmission flow chart: part of John Steward's presentation
Western LGIP Process Diagram: Part of John Steward's presentation
Summary of Solar and transmission regional initiatives
California ISO News Release
EPA RePowering America's Lands
DOI News Release for AZ RDEP Record of Decision
Energy Transport Corridor Siting for Tribal Planners
EPA Fact Sheet on Reuse of Contaminated Lands
Fact sheet on AZ Restoration Design Energy Project
DOE's Tribal Assistance Program Technical Assistance Form



Title V, Section 503 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-58) requires the Secretary of the Interior to oversee the review, evaluation, and implementation of Tribal Energy Resource Agreements (TERA). A TERA provides a tribe with the option of entering into energy-related business agreements and leases and for granting rights-of-way for pipelines, electric transmission, and distribution lines without the review and approval of the Secretary of the Interior for each proposed project.

25 CFR Part 224 (.pdf)- 218 KB Tribal Energy Resource Agreements Under the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act; Final Rule


Tribal Energy and Environmental Information Clearinghouse (TEEIC)

IEED and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory launched a Web site to create a Web-based clearinghouse of environmental information that will support American Indian and Alaska Native traditional and renewable energy resource development. Tribal Energy and Environmental Information Clearinghouse (TEEIC),



Indian Mineral Development Act of 1982

Code of Federal Regulations

Part 169--Rights-of-Way over Indian Lands

Part 211—Leasing of Tribal Lands for Mineral Development

Part 224—Tribal Energy Resource Agreements under the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act

Part 225—Oil and Gas, Geothermal, and Solid Minerals Agreements