Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians - 2011 Project

Project Overview
Tribe/Awardee: Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians
Location: Lakeport, CA
Project Title: To establish a Scotts Valley Energy Office and Human Capacity Building that will provide energy-efficiency services and develop sustainable renewable energy projects
Type of Application: First Steps (Planning)
DOE Grant Number: DE-EE0005057
Project Amounts:
DOE: $199,545
Awardee: $0
Total: $199,545
Project Status: Complete  More
Project Period
of Performance:
Start: September 2011
End: December 2012

Summary

The Primary goal of this project is to develop a Scotts Valley Energy Development Office (SVEDO).  This office will further support the mission of the tribe's existing leadership position as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Multi-County Weatherization Energy Program (TMCWEP) in creating jobs and providing tribal homes and buildings with weatherization assistance to increase energy efficiency, occupant comfort, and indoor air quality. This office will also spearhead efforts to move the tribe toward its further strategic energy goals of implementing renewable energy systems through specific training, resource evaluation, feasibility planning, and implementation. Human capacity building and continuing operations are two key elements of the SVEDO objectives.

Therefore, the project will 1) train and employ additional tribal members in energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable resource analyses and implementation; 2) purchase materials and equipment required to implement the strategic priorities as developed by the Scotts Valley Tribe, which specifically include implementing energy conservation measures and alternative energy strategies to reduce energy costs for the tribe and its members; and 3) obtain a dedicated office and storage space for ongoing SVEDO operations.

Project Description

Background

The Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians is a federally recognized tribe with a current membership of 232 tribal members. The Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians serves tribal members living in Lake, Contra Costa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Alameda counties.  In the 1950s, the Pomo Indian Tribes, including the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians, were illegally disbanded by the federal government and their rancherias were terminated. In 1958, under the California Rancheria Act, 38 tribes were terminated as part of a sweeping policy to purge small reservations and assimilate Indians into society. In 1972, a federal task force concluded that the Scotts Valley Band was the only Pomo Indian Tribe that should be entirely relocated, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs relocated a vast majority of tribal members to the Bay Area. After a tremendous amount of effort, in 1992, the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians' federal recognition was restored. With an office in located in Lake County in the city of Lakeport, California, and in Richmond, Contra Costa County, Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians (herein "the Tribe") serves its members in Lake, Mendocino, Sonoma and Contra Costa Counties (the Tribe's designated "reservation areas").

A Strategic Energy Plan was completed by the Tribe in December 2008, which gave a prioritized list of strategies for reducing energy consumption and improving comfort within the tribal residences and facilities. Many of these strategies were implemented using grant funding from the SVHA (Scotts Valley Housing Authority), IHP (Indian Housing Plan), the DOE Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG), the SVHA ARRA IHP, and the initial establishment of a Tribal Multi-County Weatherization Energy Program (TMCTWP). The effectiveness of the TMCTWP has created a need for the development of an Energy Office/Center continued implementation and training in the renewable and energy efficiency fields.

Since its inception in late 2009, the TMCWEP has attained many of its initial goals. One of the key steps in implementing the program was the acquisition of a Project Energy Coordinator (PEC). The PEC and the Environmental Director had the responsibility of overseeing the TMCWEP grant work plan task activities and administrating the grant funding used to implement the program as well as providing a clear management path for the TMCWEP. Both individuals attended Scotts Valley Tribal Council meetings to provide information and updates on the program progress to elected tribal officials. One of the initial steps in developing the TMCWEP was to acquire much of the equipment necessary to complete industry standard building performance analyses. The TMCWEP has acquired the following equipment (using opportunities provided by funding offered through U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: 1) blower door, 2) duct blaster, 3) infrared camera, 4) combustible gas analyzer, and 5) Gas Leak Detector.

In the winter and spring of 2010, the PEC negotiated a training agreement with a local provider, Energy Efficiency Training Academy (EETA) of Butte County, which assisted the Tribe in designing a Weatherization Training and Apprentice Program for the tribal trainees. Initially funds from the Scotts Valley Housing Department and then the allocation of the TMCWEP grant funds were used to complete the following trainings: 1) Combustion Appliance Safety Training, 2) Blower Door Training, 3) Duct Blaster Training, 4) Air Sealing and Insulating Existing Homes, 5) Cool Roofs, 6) Deep Energy Reduction, 7) Retrofitting Attics & Retrofitting Crawl Spaces, 8) Lighting Controls, 9) Integrating Energy Efficiency and Renewables, 10) Energy Auditing Techniques for Small and Medium Commercial Facilities, 11) Basic Excel for Energy Calculations.

In late November 2010, five tribal members from participant Tribes completed 40-hour Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) Building Analyst Professional training. This training was funded through the TMCWEP allocations. Successful trainees from this program will form the foundation of the energy analysts necessary to implement building performance evaluations and retrofits working out of the Scotts Valley Tribal Energy Office. BPI certification is a required element of California's "Energy Upgrade California" program, which will fund $1,500 to $4,000 in energy retrofits in residential structures. In late April 2011, the TMCWEP is scheduled to complete energy analyses and retrofit actions on residences within the Scotts Valley community. Theses evaluations and retrofits will be funded through the Scotts Valley's EECBG and an Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Justice Grant. This work will provide five tribal members that have completed the initial weatherization trainings and apprenticeships with another opportunity to have paid, "real world" experience completing evaluations and retrofits within their own community. These evaluations and retrofits will be implemented under the guidance of an experienced energy analyst and weatherization contractor.

With the help of additional Tribal Energy Program grant funds, this program will continue to expand and develop in the manner suited to the stated tribal goals and continuing commitment to become self-sustaining while developing tribal renewable energy capacity.

Project Objectives

The specific Tribal Multi-County Weatherization Energy Program (TMCWEP) objectives are:

  • Continuing the training of tribal members in the field of energy auditing and weatherization
  • Preparing additional trainees for the Building Performance Institute's Building Analyst
  • Providing Professional and Building Envelope Professional certification exams (written and field exams)
  • Providing paid internships with local energy services providers
  • Stimulating tribal enterprise(s) within the energy auditing and weatherization sector on a regional scale
  • Using graduates from the training program and tribal enterprises to reduce energy consumption within the residential sector of the participating Tribe's housing stocks
  • Reducing target facilities' energy use by a minimum of 15% through audits, conservation, and efficiency retrofits
  • Increasing occupant comfort and improving indoor air quality
  • Providing energy assistance outreach services, such as connections with GRID Alternatives and its PG&E SASH program that provide free solar systems for low-income homes
  • Providing presentations to participating tribal communities on energy conservation, efficiency, and awareness
  • Promoting economic development prospects to trainees interested in pursuing weatherization and other renewable energy entrepreneurships
  • Participant in California's Energy Efficiency Program to service 100,000 homes and create clean energy jobs for California, to meet these goals the SVEDO will services ignored tribal homes.

By acquiring necessary equipment and materials, further developing energy policies and codes, and expanding the number of trained staff, this will increase the number of homes and facilities that will have access to "Weatherization Assistance" through a centralized office and build much-needed capacity in Indian Country using the many established tribal partnerships Scotts Valley has developed.

Project Scope

Under this project, the Scotts Valley Band will 1) train and employ additional tribal members in energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable resource analyses and implementation, 2) purchase materials and equipment required to implement the strategic priorities as developed by the Scotts Valley Tribe, and 3) obtain a dedicated office and storage space for ongoing SVEDO operations.

Project Location

The Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians is located Lake County in the city of Lakeport, California. This Tribal Multi-County Weatherization Energy Program will provide training, outreach, and education on energy assistance and conservation to tribal low-incomes families in Lake and Mendocino counties.

Project Status

This project is complete. For details, see the final report.

The project was competitively selected under the Tribal Energy Program's fiscal year 2010 funding opportunity announcement, "First Steps Toward Developing Renewable Energy and energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands" (DE-FOA-0000422), and started September 1, 2011.

The November 2011 and November 2012 project status reports provide more information.

Project Contact

Irenia Quitiquit
Environmental Director
707-263-4220
iquitiquit@svpomo.ave
301 Industrial Ave.
Lakeport, CA 95453