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Tribal Clean Energy Projects to Receive $6.5 Million from U.S. Department of Energy

February 16, 2012

On February 16, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that 19 clean energy projects will receive more than $6.5 million as part of the Obama Administration's commitment to strengthening partnerships with tribal nations and supporting tribal energy development. These competitively selected projects will allow Native American Tribes to advance clean energy within their communities by assessing local energy resources, developing renewable energy projects, and deploying clean energy technologies. The following wind energy projects will receive funding:

  • The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Fort Yates, North Dakota, will receive $430,982 for a feasibility study over the course of 2 years on three tribal sites to support the future development of 50 to 100 megawatts of wind power.
  • The Pueblo of Zia in New Mexico will receive $278,987 to analyze the integrated development of solar, geothermal, and wind energy resources at Zia Pueblo and to assess the potential to augment these resources with gas-fired generation to provide a dependable power supply.
  • The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in Palm Springs, California, will receive $214,415 to complete a feasibility study to evaluate the potential to develop a 10-megawatt wind and solar power generation project on the Tribe's Whitewater Ranch trust lands in Southern California.
  • The Penobscot Indian Nation in Old Town, Maine, will receive $1 million to complete the pre-construction activities required to secure funding for the proposed 227-megawatt Alder Stream Wind Project, including development of engineering designs, identification of power purchasers, completion of state and tribal permitting requirements, and negotiation of interconnection agreements required to deliver energy.

The complete list of awarded projects is available.

—Julie Jones