Environmental and Engineering Services, Tribal Program
Thomas Gates, Jessica Bonitz
The California Tribal Energy Summit was held on November 26, 27, and 28, 2018, in Temecula, California. The California Energy Commission sponsored the summit alongside the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, the Governor’s Office of the Tribal Advisor, and the California Public Utilities Commission. The California Independent System Operator also participated. The goal of the summit was to initiate or advance dialogue between California Native American tribes and the state’s energy agencies on advancing climate change and energy goals. The event focused on knowledge exchange regarding state energy functions, policies, programs, and services and case studies of clean energy and transportation projects on tribal lands. There were approximately 120 participants representing 30 tribes and 5 state agencies. This staff summary report documents the event, key findings, and recommendations.