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Tribal Energy Resource Agreements (TERA)

Title V of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 amends several sections of Title XXVI of the Energy Policy Act of 1992. Specifically, Section 2604 is amended to require that the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) establish a process by which a tribe can obtain a Tribal Energy Resource Agreement (TERA) granting authority to the tribe to review, approve, and manage leases, business agreements, and rights-of-way for energy development on tribal lands. The full suite of TERA regulations promulgated by the DOI is available at 25 CFR 224.

Regulations Applicable to Energy Development

The regulations issued by the DOI define the process by which a tribe may obtain and conduct business under a TERA.


This statute may apply to the following energy resources:
Biomass, Carbon Sequestration, Coal, Geothermal, Hydrokinetic, Low-Head Hydropower, Oil & Gas, Solar, Transmission, Wind
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