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CX-003190: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Cherokee Nation Businesses
CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B3.1
Date: 07/21/2010
Location(s): Kay County, Oklahoma
Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Tribal Energy Program. The Cherokee Wind Energy Development proposed project is for development, design, and installation of a 127.5 megawatt wind farm to offset Tribal electrical load; sell excess electricity to local, regional, and statewide off-takers; and establish a Native American Green Tag market. The proposed wind farm would be located on the Chilocco property in north-central Oklahoma, Kay County. Phase I of the proposed project is for pre-construction tasks to bring the project to a shovel-ready condition-plan all stages of construction, secure all contractual obligations; complete wind farm project cost analysis; and isolate the return on investment tables. The specific proposed tasks for Phase I include: securing funds for project development costs, determining the project size (MW), continuing Phases II and III of the transmission and interconnect study, negotiating interconnect and power purchase agreement, completing environmental and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) studies, conducting soil sampling and designing turbine foundations, completing turbine assessment and selection, designing turbine layout, designing turbine communication system, and layout electrical and civil engineering. On March 1, 2010, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) notified the Cherokee Nation that the BIA Eastern Oklahoma Region will function as the lead agency for NEPA for this proposed project.