Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin - 2011 Project
|Tribe/Awardee:||Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin|
|Project Title:||Oneida Nation Energy Optimization Model Development Project|
|Type of Application:||First Steps (Planning)|
|DOE Grant Number:||DE-EE00005055|
|Project Status:||See project status|
The creation of this Oneida Nation Energy Optimization (ONEO) model is the next stage in the living document known as the Oneida Energy Security Plan. During this stage, Oneida intends to investigate current energy supplies and suppliers, renewable energy resources, renewable technology options, and associated economics.
Regarding the specific renewable energy technologies, Oneida has experience with some and no experience with others. Oneida has invested in solar projects, with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) assistance. Solar has significant potential; however, the economics to support it are not there. Incentives, tax breaks, tariffs, and nonprofit support are the primary influences that make solar a technology to consider. Many states are allowing for a solar carve-out in the portfolio standards. Based on findings by the ONEO model, a carve-out might prove beneficial for Oneida.
Currently, Oneida is collecting wind data to determine the wind characteristics in the northeast Wisconsin region, ultimately to see if wind is a viable resource for further development. However, the public's mistrust of the technology, the complexity of economics and power purchase agreements, and the extensive maintenance of these systems suggests that Oneida will have to put all of their eggs in one basket. Oneida has also invested in ground-source heat pumps and is collecting some data. Other regions around the nation seem to have adopted ground-source technology with few problems. Our findings show that construction costs for ground-source systems are inflated at the local level. Contractors seem to support commercial installations over residential installations.
Ultimately, the ONEO model is an opportunity for Oneida to explore the options, balance the choices, and invest wisely in a portfolio of energy systems that will support the tribe's commitment to culture, sustainability, and economic stability. Energy optimization is a step closer to enabling Oneida Nation of Wisconsin to balance short-term investments in energy with long-term stability.
It is the goal of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin to develop a report as a result of this project that outlines the energy options available to them and to produce a reduced-cost strategy to sustain the tribe through energy shortages that can be expected in the coming decades. An optimum mix of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies with conventional energy sources shall be determined to address budget limitations, impending energy shortages, and environmental challenges.
Staff members of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin have compiled the first several chapters of the Oneida Energy Security Plan, which addresses general energy usage at the governmental and community levels. The next phase will consist of developing a relationship with an energy consultant, or consultants, that have an extensive background in energy technology, economic analysis, and organizational incorporation of recommendations. These consultants shall use all experiences and resources available to them to analyze the regional availability of energy resources to the tribe.
Oneida Nation (Oneida) is located in northeast Wisconsin. The reservation is approximately 96 square miles (8 miles x 12 miles). The city of Green Bay is east of the reservation. Land use is primarily agricultural on the west two-thirds and suburban on the east one-third of the reservation. Approximately 4,000 tribally enrolled members live in the reservation.
The project was competitively selected under the Tribal Energy Program's fiscal year 2011 funding opportunity announcement, "First Steps Toward Developing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands" (DE-FOA-0000422), and started in September 2011.
For current project status or additional information, please contact the project contact(s).
Environmental Project Manager
PO Box 365, Oneida, Wisconsin 54155
Health & Safety Division Director – Environmental
PO Box 365, Oneida, Wisconsin 54155