The U .S . Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs commissioned an updated estimate of renewable energy potential on Indian lands to reflect and incorporate fast-moving renewable technology efficiency innovations. Updated data was analyzed by the DOE Office of Indian Energy and by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which used geospatial methodology to update and substantiate the estimated renewable energy technical potential on tribal lands . The purpose is to provide tribal governments with data to make informed decisions about renewable development options for their communities.
Some of the findings of the data found:
▪ American Indian land comprises 2 per cent of U .S . land but contains an estimated 5 per cent of all renewable
▪ The total technical potential on tribal lands for electricity generation from utility-scale rural solar resource is about 14 billion MWh, or 5.1 per cent of total U .S . generation potential .
▪ The total technical potential on tribal lands for electricity generation from wind resources is about 1,100 million MWh, or about 3.4 per cent of the total U .S . technical potential .
▪ The total technical potential on tribal lands for electricity generation from hydropower resource is about 13 million MWh, or about 5.1 per cent of the total U .S . technical potential.