Implications of the regional haze rule on renewable and wind energy development on native American lands in the west

Tom L Acker, William M. Auberle, Earl P N Duque, William D. Jeffery, David R. Laroche, Virgil Masayesva, Dean H Smith

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A study conducted at Northern Arizona University investigated the barriers and opportunities facing Native American tribes in the West when considering development of their renewable energy resources in order to reduce regional haze. This article summarizes some of the findings of that work with special attention to wind energy. Background information is presented concerning the Regional Haze Rule and the Western Regional Air Partnership, and some of the circumstances surrounding development of tribal energy resources. An assessment of tribal energy issues revealed that many Native American tribes are interested in developing their renewable resources. However, this development should occur within the context of maintaining and strengthening their cultural, social, economic and political integrity. Furthermore, it is shown that Native American lands possess an abundant wind resource. A list of potential actions in which tribes may participate prior to or during development of their wind or renewable resources is provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-354
Number of pages8
JournalWind Energy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2003



  • American Indians
  • Energy policy
  • Energy programs
  • Native Americans
  • Wind energy
  • WRAP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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