Bob’s interests with COUP are to realize a tribal community economic development strategy based upon utility and community scale, on- or off-grid renewables (wind, solar and geothermal) and create a housing strategy that is sustainable, affordable, future-proof and energy efficiency. With COUP, the goal is to work on the development of a scalable renewable energy generator/ storage unit that may involve a variety of cost-effective storage systems. As a lawyer, Bob’s previous experience included work as a public defenders, a tribal attorney, and a consultant, in additional to numerous affiliations with organizations and academic institutions.
As a Mel King Fellow, Bob wants to continue working towards the Council’s goal of developing a scalable renewable energy generator/ storage unit.
Intertribal Council on Utility Policy (Ft. Pierre, SD) has representatives from ten Tribes from South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska and provides policy analysis and recommendations about utility issues, as well hosts workshops about telecommunications and climate change.