"Energy Department Invests Over $7 Million to Deploy Tribal Clean Energy Projects"
November 14, 2013
As part of the Obama Administration's commitment to strengthening partnerships with Tribal nations and building stronger, more resilient communities that are better prepared for a changing climate, the Energy Department today announced nine tribal clean energy projects to receive more than $7 million. Highlighted during the 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference, these awards will help American Indian and Alaska Native tribes deploy clean energy projects—saving these communities money, enhancing their energy security and creating new job and business opportunities
The projects competitively selected to receive funding today include:
•Coeur d'Alene Tribe (Plummer, Idaho)—The tribe will implement energy upgrades to refrigeration systems at its Benewah Market, helping to reduce energy consumption by about 30%.
•Gwichyaa Zhee Gwich'in Tribal Government (Fort Yukon, Alaska)—The project will complete an energy efficiency retrofit to the tribe's main office building, including building shell upgrades as well as the installation of efficient lighting and a solar electric system. These efforts could help reduce fuel oil use by nearly 50%, representing about 2,300 gallons per year.
•Forest County Potawatomi Community (Milwaukee, Wis.)—The tribe will install solar panels on eight tribal facilities – displacing between 25 to 70% of the total energy used by each of the buildings.
•Menominee Tribal Enterprises (Neopit, Wis.)—Through this project, the tribe will install a biomass-fueled combined heat and power system to power the tribe's sawmill and lumber drying operation. The project will help cut fuel oil use by over 80% annually.
•Seneca Nation of Indians (Irving, N.Y.)—The tribe will install a 1.8-megawatt wind turbine near Lake Erie. The wind turbine is expected to generate about 50% of the electricity used on the entire reservation.
•Southern Ute Indian Tribe Growth Fund (Ignacio, Colo.)—This project will help install an 800-kilowatt solar energy system to provide energy to multiple Southern Ute buildings. This solar system could help displace nearly 40% of the total fuel used in these buildings.
•Tonto Apache Tribe (Payson, Ariz.)—The tribe will install solar arrays on three of the tribe's largest energy consuming buildings— helping to meet more than 60% of the buildings' total electricity needs.
•White Earth Reservation Tribal Council (White Earth, Minn.)—The project will install a woody biomass-fueled boiler to heat a tribal facility—replacing over 60% of the fuel oil and propane currently used to heat the facility.
•Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska (Winnebago, Neb.)—The tribe will install a solar energy system to help power the Winnebago police and fire building, providing about 30% of the building's energy use. The solar system will also serve as an emergency backup power generator.
LIHUE — Bill 2491 is headed for the Kauai County law books.
The controversial bill’s five-month legislative saga closed a major chapter Saturday, when the Kauai Council voted 5 to 2 to override the mayor’s veto.
“We passed the bill!” a joyous and emotional crowd screamed repeatedly in front of the Historic County Building after the vote came in around 12:30 p.m.
The law, which will go into effect in nine months, will require the island’s four biotech seed companies to disclose their use of pesticides and genetically modified crops. Kauai Coffee, the country’s largest coffee grower, will also be affected.
In the end, 2491’s fate fell on the shoulders of the council’s newest member, Mason Chock, who was sworn in Friday as the replacement for former Council Vice Chair Nadine Nakamura.
While some had urged Chock to recuse himself from the vote because he was so new to the debate, he said that was not an option for him — that he had “been called to act.”
“If I’ve been given the opportunity to make a difference in the health of a child’s life, I’m going to take it,” he said, causing those inside the council chambers to gasp and cry in approval. “So let’s take the step. I’m all for overriding the veto on Bill 2491.”