Oneida Seven Generations Corporation: Energy Recovery Project, Green Bay, Wisconsin
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Federal funding to the Wisconsin Department of Commerce under the DOE’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) State Energy Program (SEP). The Recovery Act appropriated $3.1 Billion to the SEP. States are allocated funding via formula grants. Wisconsin was allocated $55,488,000 and has broad discretion in selecting projects to receive SEP funding. Wisconsin is proposing to provide a $2 million loan under its SEP to an Oneida Seven Generations Corporation (Oneida) project to construct and operate a solid waste-to-electricity power plant. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), an agency of the Department of the Interior (DOI), has already provided $584,000 in Federal funding to Oneida for this project. BIA is also considering providing a loan guarantee of up to $19 million. BIA made the initial award to Oneida to support preliminary planning and studies. These elements of the proposed project do not significantly impact the environment and the initial funding does not commit the government to this project in advance of the conclusion of the EA. Before Wisconsin can provide the SEP funds to Oneida, DOE must first determine if authorizing Wisconsin to use SEP funds for the project (Proposed Action) would result in environmental impacts. For this EA, the Proposed Action also includes BIA’s decision to authorize the loan guarantee.