Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2017
This bill amends the Energy Policy Act of 1992 to revise the Department of Energy (DOE) Indian energy education planning and management assistance program, including to make intertribal organizations eligible for grants.
Eligibility for DOE energy development loan guarantees is expanded to include tribal energy development organizations.
The bill revises provisions regarding energy-related tribal leases, business agreements, and rights-of-way, including to revise the process for the Department of the Interior to approve tribal energy resource agreements. Interior must make available to a tribe the amount Interior would have expended to carry out an activity that the tribe is carrying out pursuant to such an agreement.
This bill amends the Federal Power Act to require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to give tribes, in addition to states and municipalities, preference for the receipt of preliminary hydroelectric licenses.
Interior and the Department of Agriculture must enter into agreements with tribes and tribal organizations to carry out demonstration projects to promote biomass energy production.
This bill amends the Energy Conservation and Production Act to revise requirements for home weatherization grants to tribes.
Interior, an affected tribe, or a certified third-party appraiser under contract with the tribe must appraise tribal mineral or energy resources involved in a transaction requiring Interior's approval.
This bill amends the Long-Term Leasing Act to revise limits on leasing of certain lands of the Navajo Nation and the Crow Tribe of Montana.