Hope for a bright future

News

Hope for a bright future

Other tribes hope to emulate Southern Ute tribe’s energy success
This transmission line sits just a quarter of a mile from the home of a Navajo Nation family, the Johnsons, who do not have access to traditional electricity. High costs prevent the family from tapping into the lines visible from their yard. But efforts to improve the region’s power delivery and transmission systems could change that in the coming years.
Christopher Toya, an archaeologist for the Pueblo of Jemez, speaks about the history of the tribe and its current geothermal energy-development project.
Greg Kaufman, director of the department of resource protection for the Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico, points out the boundary of the Las Conchas Fire that burned more than 150,000 acres last summer, including 4,771 acres of Jemez tribal land. The pueblo has little income to mitigate the damages, but a geothermal energy project under way and a proposed solar development could help.
Tribal Energy Assets

Federally recognized tribes: 580.
States with tribes: 34.
Land areas recognized as reservations: 280.
Largest reservation: 16 million acres.
Smallest reservations: just a few acres.
Tribal energy projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy since 1994: 210.
Amount DOE invested in same period: $45 million.
Money from the stimulus package for tribal energy programs and projects: $54 million.

Related Stories
Reservation’s remotest corners get light with small-scale, solar-wind systems
Tribes power up

Hope for a bright future

This transmission line sits just a quarter of a mile from the home of a Navajo Nation family, the Johnsons, who do not have access to traditional electricity. High costs prevent the family from tapping into the lines visible from their yard. But efforts to improve the region’s power delivery and transmission systems could change that in the coming years.
Christopher Toya, an archaeologist for the Pueblo of Jemez, speaks about the history of the tribe and its current geothermal energy-development project.
Greg Kaufman, director of the department of resource protection for the Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico, points out the boundary of the Las Conchas Fire that burned more than 150,000 acres last summer, including 4,771 acres of Jemez tribal land. The pueblo has little income to mitigate the damages, but a geothermal energy project under way and a proposed solar development could help.
Reader Comments
click here to add your event
Durango ~ Events
click here to add your event
Durango ~ Events