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Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin - 2011 Project

Project Overview
Tribe/Awardee: Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin
Location: Oneida, WI
Project Title: Energy Efficiency Development and Deployment
Type of Application: Feasibility
DOE Grant Number: DE-EE0005176
Project Amounts:
DOE: $227,100
Awardee: $24,068
Total: $251,168
Project Status: See project status
Project Period
of Performance:
Start: September 2011
End: December 2013


This project will fund energy audits of approximately 44 tribally owned buildings operated by the Oneida Tribe, which total 1,031,905 square feet. These buildings were selected based on their size, age, or known energy concerns. These energy audits will provide information regarding the most cost-effective ways to save energy via energy efficiency upgrades.

The goal of this project is to make a more comprehensive analysis and improvement schedule for raising the efficiency of the Oneida Tribe. A comprehensive energy audit assessment of Oneida's core buildings will assist Oneida in taking the next steps to target and fund needed energy efficiency upgrades.

Project Description


The Oneida Tribal Energy Team, formed in 2005 under the direction of the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin General Manager, has been researching best practices to improve the energy efficiency of the Oneida tribal infrastructure. The team was directed to define the best alternatives for the Oneida Tribe to reduce energy use. In 2007, four subteams were created around the areas of Commercial Buildings, Residential Buildings, Transportation, and Renewable Energy.

In 2008, the Oneida Tribe became an official ENERGY STAR partner under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program and is thereby committed to reduce Oneida building energy consumption by 10% and beyond. The Oneida Tribe believes there are enormous opportunities to reduce energy use in Oneida and help combat global warming as well. Oneida leadership has been organizing for an "Energy Summit" as well to address and properly plan for energy costs in the 21st century.

Project Objectives
This project is supported by several important priority statements of the Oneida Tribe. In regard to the 10 Oneida Tribal national priorities, this project specifically addresses #5:

We ensure a stable Oneida economy that sustains our sovereign government, family, community and affords all members the opportunities to participate in the economic resources. Furthermore, the Oneida Tribe is defined by the overall mission statement: To strengthen and protect our people, reclaim our land and enhance the environment by exercising our sovereignty.

The proposed auditing plan for Oneida commercial buildings will facilitate the Oneida Tribe's efforts to improve building infrastructure, enhance the sustainability of its economic resources, and protect the environment through reduced energy use.

Project Scope

The Oneida Department of Public Works (DPW) has upgraded energy inefficient aspects of dozens of Oneida buildings. DPW manages over 105 tribal buildings totaling more than 1,750,000 sq ft. DPW estimates that approximately 44 of these buildings would benefit from an energy audit to define the more extensive upgrades that many of these buildings require. 

The Oneida Energy Controls Manager will be the technical contact for this project. This manager will be responsible for drafting the request for proposals (RFP) for consultants, selecting consultants in consultation with the Energy Team, and defining the next steps to implement energy efficiency improvements. The RFP will be based on the Focus on Energy Energy Conservation Feasibility Study Guidelines as developed by the State of Wisconsin. These guidelines not only provide strong guidance for producing quality energy audits, but also provide for rebate opportunities from the State of Wisconsin for future energy efficiency improvements. Consultants will be selected based on level of detail in their proposals, cost considerations, and references. A preliminary list of four consultants. Additional staff will include an Environmental Resource Board Policy Analyst to assist with project coordination and reporting requirements. The Environmental Resource Board Project Manager and Planning Tribal Statistician will link the energy audit results with the existing utility usage database. Furthermore, the Department of Public Works will provide field staff to assist consultants with the physical audit process as well as administrative staff for reports, budgeting, invoices, and other office work. Finally, Oneida Energy Team will work through the general manager's office to keep the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin Business Committee informed of progress and also to target funds and budget for improvements.

Project Location

The Oneida Tribe is a member of the Iroquois Confederacy of Five Nations, which formed in the 1500s. The Iroquois League initially was composed of the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca Nations. In the early 1700s the Tuscarora Nation became a member of what is now known as the Six Nation Confederacy. Iroquois homelands are located in central New York State. 

In the 1820s, the Oneida's settled along Duck Creek about 10 miles from the City of Green Bay. The original 5 million acres of land purchased by the Oneidas from the Menominee Tribe in the 1820s was reduced to 65,000 acres by the U.S. government. In 1838, the U.S. government formally signed a treaty recognizing the present boundaries of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, which encompasses the Township of the Oneida in Outagamie County and the Township of Hobart in Brown County, in Northwest Wisconsin. The reservation is approximately 96 square miles (8 miles by 12 miles). The city of Green Bay is east of the reservation. Land use is primarily agriculture on the west two-thirds and suburban on the east one-third of the reservation. Approximately 4,000 tribally enrolled members live on the reservation.

Project Status

The project is complete. For more, see the final report.

The project was competitively selected under the Tribal Energy Program's fiscal year 2011 funding opportunity announcement "Energy Efficiency Development and Deployment in Indian Country" (DE-FOA-0000423) and started in September 2011.

The November 2011 and March 2014 project status reports provide more information.

For current project status or additional information, please contact the project contacts.

Project Contact

Ray Olson
Energy Controls Manager -Oneida Department of Public Works
W1278 Ranch Rd Oneida, WI 54155
920-869-1059 ext. 2017

Laura Manthe
Environmental Resource Board Director
3759 West Mason Street, Oneida, WI 54155