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On April 20, Office of Indian Energy Director Chris Deschene (second from right) joined other key stakeholders for the official opening of the Menominee Tribal Enterprises biomass combined heat and power district energy plant in Wisconsin. Photo from Menominee Tribal Enterprises.
Touring the Menominee Tribal Enterprises biomass combined heat and power district energy plant in Wisconsin, which will generate an estimated 1,020,217 kilowatt-hours of renewable electricity per year—equivalent to the annual electricity use of 97 homes. Photo from Menominee Tribal Enterprises.
DOE co-funded the $2.065 million Menominee Tribal Enterprises project in Wisconsin, matching the Tribe’s $1.03 million investment to install the new combined heat and power system, which generates steam and electricity using renewable biomass fuel to power the Tribe’s sawmill and lumber drying operation. Photo from Menominee Tribal Enterprises.
On April 20, 2016, Menominee Tribal Enterprises (MTE) celebrated the official opening of its biomass combined heat and power (CHP) district energy plant. MTE is the business arm of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, located approximately 45 miles northwest of Green Bay.
In 2014 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) co-funded the $2.065 million MTE project (matching MTE’s $1.03 million investment) to install the new CHP system, which generates steam and electricity using renewable biomass fuel to power the Tribe’s sawmill and lumber drying operation.
“Energy is integral to real and sustainable solutions to improving the quality of life in tribal communities,” said DOE Office of Indian Energy Director Chris Deschene, who spoke at the opening ceremony. “This project is a shining example of how tribes are leveraging DOE support to harness their indigenous renewable energy resources, reduce their energy costs, create jobs, build resilience, and implement successful strategic energy solutions.”
- Increase energy independence and reduce its carbon footprint
- Realize annual energy cost savings on electricity
- Improve MTE economic competitiveness and continue to provide sustainable jobs for the Menominee Indian Tribe
- Reduce emissions and improve local air quality.
In addition, the planned use of wood waste from the Tribe’s sawmill creates a steady fuel stream for the plant with long-term predictable costs, eliminating one of the biggest barriers to developing biomass projects.
Learn more about the Menominee Tribal Enterprises District Biomass Combined Heat and Power Project.