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Anchorage, Alaska - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced up to $13.6 million in multi-year funding for new clean energy projects on tribal lands. Thirty-six Native American tribes and Alaska villages have been selected to receive awards that will advance renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency and conservation projects on tribal lands and rural Alaska villages.

"The Department of Energy is committed to helping Native American tribes meet their energy needs through clean energy technologies," said Secretary Chu. "These projects will create jobs and economic opportunities on tribal lands, while protecting our planet and reducing our dependence on foreign oil."

In Alaska, many rural Native villages face the special challenge of paying high retail fuel prices to meet basic survival needs. Heating oil and diesel fuel is expensive, and the situation becomes even more burdensome for rural communities with the increased costs for transportation and storage. For those Alaska Native communities and many other tribes struggling in the current economy, renewable energy and greater efficiency can provide reliable power supplies while reducing heating and electricity costs.

DOE selected the projects through a competitive process and will provide financial assistance to the tribes for weatherization training, feasibility studies, and development and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. The DOE funding is expected to be matched by up to $27 million in public and private investment, for a total value of up to $41 million.

Of the 36 Native American tribes and villages whose projects have been selected for negotiation, 8 projects will provide weatherization training and resources to tribal members, 17 projects will focus on assessing the feasibility of renewable energy development and energy efficiency deployment on tribal lands; and 11 projects will fund the development of renewable energy resources and the deployment of energy efficiency measures on tribal lands and villages.

Since 2002, the Department of Energy has provided $16.5 million for 93 tribal energy projects.

Read more on the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Tribal Energy Program.

The following table lists projects selected for award negotiations. DOE funding is subject to negotiation and annual congressional appropriations.

 

Applicant*Application TypeTechnologyStateRequested DOE FundsEstimated Cost ShareProjected Project Cost

Renewable Energy Development and Deployment Projects

Campo Band of Mission IndiansPre-ConstructionWind (160 MW)CA$1,255,574$4,234,750$5,490,324
Chaninik Wind GroupBuilding EfficiencyWind (1.35 MW) and Thermal HeatingAK$750,000$1,250,000$2,000,000
Cherokee Nation BusinessPre- ConstructionWind (127.5 MW)OK$990,500$1,286,621$2,277,121
Eastern Band of Cherokee IndiansBuilding EfficiencyLighting, Building Envelop & HVACNC$200,000$200,000$400,000
Forest County Potawatomi CommunityBuilding EfficiencyLightingWI$459,000$459,000$918,000
Forest County Potawatomi CommunityBuilding EfficiencyEnvelop, Heating & Cooling, Electrical and PlumbingWI$1,115,043$1,115,043$2,230,086
Haida Power, Inc.ConstructionHydroelectric (5 MW)AK$1,120,000$16,025,000$17,145,000
Hualapai TribePre- ConstructionWindAZ$370,000$185,000$555,000
Kootznoowoo IncorporatedPre- ConstructionHydroelectric (1 MW)AK$1,110,500$1,110,500$2,221,000
Rosebud Sioux TribePre- ConstructionWind (190 MW)SD$1,500,000$1,500,000$3,000,000
The Chickasaw NationBuilding EfficiencyLightingOK$200,000$100,000$300,000

Feasibility Study Projects

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla IndiansFeasibility: RenewablesSolarCA$150,000$38,102$188,102
Chickaloon Native VillageFeasibilityEE & REAK$244,106$0$244,106
Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc.Feasibility: EfficiencyBldg. EfficiencyAK$57,184$0$57,184
Elk Valley RancheriaFeasibility: EfficiencyBldg. Efficiency, General Renewables, Geothermal, Wave, Wind, SolarCA$76,738$6,755$83,493
Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux TribesFeasibility: RenewablesGeothermal ElectricalMT$233,170$0$233,170
Iowa Tribe of OklahomaFeasibility: RenewablesWindOK$242,586$15,751$258,337
Keweenaw Bay Indian CommunityFeasibility: RenewablesWindMI$207,680$15,000$222,680
Lac Court Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa IndiansFeasibility: RenewablesHydro-powerWI$201,643$0$201,643
Lower Sioux Indian CommunityFeasibility: RenewablesWind MN$250,000$100,290$350,290
Lummi Indian Business Council (WIND)Feasibility: RenewablesWindWA$180,000$0$180,000
Native Village of EyakFeasibility: RenewablesWindAK$248,107$29,440$277,547
Pinoleville Pomo NationFeasibility: RenewablesMicroHydro; Geothermal; Biomass; Wind; SolarCA$101,630$4,860$106,490
Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in IowaFeasibility: RenewablesWindIA$246,770$8,052$254,822
Sault St. Marie Tribe of Chippewa IndiansFeasibility: EfficiencyBuilding EfficiencyMI$95,000$0$95,000
To'Hajiilee Economic Development, Inc.Feasibility: RenewablesSolarNM$250,000$0$250,000
Upper Skagit Indian TribeFeasibility: RenewablesWindWA$140,000$0$140,000
Washoe Tribe of Nevada and CaliforniaFeasibility: RenewablesSolar, Wind, Geothermal, Biomass & BiofuelsNV$249,827$0$249,827

Weatherization Training

Aleutian Pribilof Islands AssociationWeatherization TrainingWeatherization Conservation ProgramAK$200,000$0$200,000
Bishop Paiute TribeWeatherization TrainingWeatherization Training ProgramCA$139,352$0$139,352
Central Council of Tlingit & Haida IndiansWeatherization TrainingAlaska Native Weatherization Training & Jobs ProjectAK$200,000$115,871$315,871
Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc.Weatherization TrainingWeatherization ApprenticeshipsAK$194,454$18,660$213,114
Keweenaw Bay Indian CommunityWeatherization TrainingWeatherization Training ProjectMI$137,640$0$137,640
Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa IndiansWeatherization TrainingWeatherization CenterWI$143,717$0$143,717
Peoria Tribe - Housing Authority of the Peoria Tribe of Indians of OklahomaWeatherization TrainingPHA Weatherization Training ProjectOK$105,620$0$105,620
Scotts Valley Band of Pomo IndiansWeatherization TrainingMulti-County Weatherization ProgramCA$240,200$0$240,200

* Listed in alphabetical order

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