25 U.S. Code § 3505 - Federal power marketing administrations
In this section:
(1) The term “Administrator” means the Administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration and the Administrator of the Western Area Power Administration.
(2) The term “power marketing administration” means—
(b) Encouragement of Indian tribal energy development
Each Administrator shall encourage Indian tribal energy development by taking such actions as the Administrators determine to be appropriate, including administration of programs of the power marketing administration, in accordance with this section.
(c) Action by Administrators
In carrying out this section, in accordance with laws in existence on August 8, 2005—
(1) each Administrator shall consider the unique relationship that exists between the United States and Indian tribes;
(2) power allocations from the Western Area Power Administration to Indian tribes may be used to meet firming and reserve needs of Indian-owned energy projects on Indian land;
(3) the Administrator of the Western Area Power Administration may purchase non-federally generated power from Indian tribes to meet the firming and reserve requirements of the Western Area Power Administration; and
(d) Assistance for transmission system use
(1) An Administrator may provide technical assistance to Indian tribes seeking to use the high-voltage transmission system for delivery of electric power.
(e) Power allocation study
Not later than 2 years after August 8, 2005, the Secretary of Energy shall submit to Congress a report that—
(1) describes the use by Indian tribes of Federal power allocations of the power marketing administration (or power sold by the Southwestern Power Administration) to or for the benefit of Indian tribes in a service area of the power marketing administration; and
(A) the quantity of power allocated to, or used for the benefit of, Indian tribes by the Western Area Power Administration;
Source(Pub. L. 102–486, title XXVI, § 2605, as added Pub. L. 109–58, title V, § 503(a),Aug. 8, 2005, 119 Stat. 776.)