Environmental reports and case studies regarding tribal wind energy development.
The following table provides access to environmental reports (e.g., environmental assessments, environmental impact statements, records of decision) and case studies for wind energy projects undertaken by tribes. You may search the entire repository of relevant reports and case studies by document type, energy resource, project location, and/or tribe using tools provided in the Document Library.
The following Web sites provide access to repositories of environmental reports and case studies for a wide variety of energy projects, including tribal and non-tribal projects and projects involving other types of energy resources.
Tribal Renewable Energy Case Studies
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Tribal Energy Program maintains a Web site with information about tribal renewable energy case studies, including wind energy projects. The program's tribal Wind Energy Resources page provides maps showing wind resources in the vicinity of individual reservations, searchable by state.
Energy Consumption and Renewable Energy Development Potential on Indian Lands
Energy Consumption and Renewable Energy Development Potential on Indian Lands is a report published in 2000 by the DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA) that examines electricity use, prices, and renewable energy potential for both Federally Recognized Indian Reservations and Tribal Jurisdictional Statistical Areas in Oklahoma.
NativeEnergy Project Summaries
Numerous renewable energy project summaries, including wind projects, are available on the Web site of NativeEnergy, an organization providing technical assistance to Native American, farmer-owned, and community-based renewable energy projects, with an emphasis on identifying carbon offsets and selling renewable energy credits (RECs) to generate development funds.
Navajo Wind Energy Development Exclusions
An analysis of land suitable for wind energy development on Navajo Nation lands was conducted by Sustainable Energy Solutions at Northern Arizona University. The results of the analysis were presented at the 26th Annual ESRI International User Conference in 2006.
Upper Great Plains Region Wind/Hydro Integration Feasibility Study
DOE's Western Area Power Administration (Western) is conducting studies of the cost and feasibility of integrating wind energy generated on tribal lands with hydroelectric power generated on the Missouri River. Western's Upper Great Plains Region has released the Wind/Hydro Integration Feasibility Study, including a Tribal Wind Energy Assessment, and the Dakotas Wind Transmission Study.
Environmental Studies Repositories
A number of organizations maintain repositories of environmental impact statements (EISs) and environmental assessments (EAs), some of which are specific to energy development on tribal lands.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Impact Statement Database provides a searchable listing of draft and final EISs that have been submitted to the EPA (searchable by keyword in title, publication date, agency, and state). The EPA does not provide a copy of the document itself, but information regarding summaries of EPA comments can be obtained at the Web site.
The DOE Office of the General Counsel provides lists and links to various DOE NEPA Documents (draft and final EISs, EAs, supporting documents, and supplemental analyses) prepared by the agency.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission eLibrary provides a search menu to find EAs, EISs, environmental studies, and a full range of supporting documentation prepared by the agency.