Blackfeet Tribe - 2006 Project
|Project Title:||First Steps to Renewable Energy|
|Type of Application:||First Steps (Planning)|
|DOE Grant Number:||DE-FG36-06GO1616020|
|Project Status:||Completed More|
With some of the best wind resources in the U.S., the tribe will consider forming a Tribal Energy Organization capable of purchasing power and distributing its resources throughout the reservation. The new energy management organization will provide direction to create jobs to reduce the tribe's 63-percent unemployment rate and promote self-sufficiency. A Blackfeet Nation Energy Organizational Management Unit is desperately needed to assist the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council in the proper management, development, and in negotiating wind energy related agreements. To enter the arena of commercial wind energy supply and marketing contracts, it is necessary for the Blackfeet Nation to be a recognized energy development organization.
The project was competitively selected under the Tribal Energy Program's fiscal year 2005 solicitation, "First Steps Toward Developing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands," awarded in fiscal year 2006, and started in May 2006. The October 2006 (PDF 944 KB) and November 2007 (PDF 913 KB) presentations provide more information. Download Adobe Reader.