DOE Awards $6.5 Million for Tribal Clean Energy

February 22, 2012

DOE announced on February 16 that 19 clean energy projects by tribal nations would receive more than $6.5 million to support tribal energy development. The competitively selected projects in 10 states will allow American Indian tribes to advance clean energy within their communities by assessing local energy resources, developing renewable energy projects, and deploying clean energy technologies. The projects will help save money and create new job and business opportunities. The projects selected for awards fall under three project areas: feasibility studies, renewable energy development projects, and installation projects.

Thirteen feasibility studies will assess the viability of developing renewable energy resources or installing renewable energy systems on tribal lands to reduce energy use by 30%. For example, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Pablo, Montana, will evaluate the technical and economic viability of a co‐generation biomass-fuel power plant that uses fuels from tribal forest management activities to provide up to 20 megawatts (MW) of electricity. Three renewable energy development projects will receive pre-construction funds for new renewable energy generation and one will significantly cut the need for diesel heating fuel. In one case, the Penobscot Indian Nation, Old Town, Maine, will complete the preparation required to secure funding for the proposed 227-megawatt Alder Stream Wind Project. And, two projects will deploy technologies to convert waste and biomass into energy. The Oneida Seven Generations Corp., De Pere, Wisconsin, will build a state-of-the-art waste gasification energy recovery facility capable of converting 150 tons of municipal waste into 5 MW of electricity per hour. See the DOE press release, the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, and the project descriptionsPDF.