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Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation - 2002 Project

Project Overview
Tribe/Awardee: Colville Reservation, Confederated Tribes of the
Location: Coulee Dam, WA
Project Title: Colville Indian Power and Veneer Energy Substation
Type of Application: Deployment
DOE Grant Number: DE-FC36-02GO12098
Project Amounts:
DOE: $598,010
Awardee: $180,000
Total: $778,010
Project Status: Complete  More
Project Period
of Performance:
Start: July 2002
End: June 2004


Colville Indian Power and Veneer (CIPV), a subsidiary of the Colville Tribal Enterprise Corporation (CTEC), generates 12 to 15 megawatts of renewable, biomass electric power using hog fuel from its own and nearby forest product operations. The electricity generated exceeds CIPV's and other tribal enterprise power needs by five to seven megawatts. The extra power is sold by CIPV into the grid. But the nearest existing substation is at such a distance that one megawatt is lost in transmission due to thermal line losses. These line losses amount to between $160,000 and $260,000 per year in lost revenue, depending upon transmission volume and market rates for electricity. The construction of a substation on reservation land to link into the local power grid will reduce transmission losses, increase the load that can be carried, and create another level of self-sufficiency for the tribe for their industrial power needs.

Project Description

Photo of Technicians from OPUD and the Tribe install the substation transformer.

Technicians from OPUD and the Tribe install the substation transformer.

Photo of Technicians from OPUD and the Tribe install the substation transformer.

Technicians from OPUD and the Tribe install the substation transformer.


The objectives of the project are to:

  • Construct a one-bay substation

  • Connect to the Okanogan Public Utilities District (PUD) power grid through this substation

  • Retain 150 jobs at CIPV

  • Complete the Master Plan for the development of an industrial park around CIPV that can use green tribal power as a marketing tool.


Upon approval of DOE funding in July 2002, CTEC began activities to contract for construction of the substation. The Okanogan County PUD developed cost estimates for the substation and will assist the tribe in the construction process to ensure the substation meets requirements and compliance with transmission regulations.

CTEC will continue to work on a number of possible power sales scenarios. If the power is designated as "green" it can be purchased by the Bonneville Power Administration, the Okanogan County PUD, or a number of other industrial users that can access green power outside their normal service grid based on recent legislation passed by Washington State.

Project Location

The Colville Indian Reservation land base covers 1.4 million acres or 2,100 square acres located in North Central Washington, primarily in Okanogan and Ferry counties. Colville Reservation lands are diverse with natural resources including standing timber, streams, rivers, lakes, minerals, varied terrain, native plants, and wildlife.

Project Status

This project is complete. For more, see the final report (PDF 187 KB). Download Adobe Reader.

This project was competitively selected under the Tribal Energy Program's FY2002 solicitation, "Renewable Energy Development on Tribal Lands," and started in July 2002. The October 2002 (PDF 763 KB) and November 2003 (PDF 5.4 MB) presentations provide more information. Download Adobe Reader.

For other information, contact one of the project contacts.

Project Contact

Dan Brudevold
Colville Confederated Tribes
P.O. Box 5, Coulee Dam, WA 99116
Phone: (509) 634-3234
Fax: (509) 634-3258