Renewable Energy Wind Energy

Wind Development on Tribal Lands

Authors: Ken Haukaas Dale Osborn Belvin Pete
 
Abstract: Background: The Rosebud Sioux Tribe (RST) is located in south central South Dakota near the Nebraska border. The nearest community of size is Valentine, Nebraska. The RST is a recipient of several Department of Energy grants, written by Distributed Generation Systems, Inc. (Disgen), for the purposes of assessing the feasibility of its wind resource and subsequently to fund the development of the project. Disgen, as the contracting entity to the RST for this project, has completed all the pre-construction activities, with the exception of the power purchase agreement and interconnection agreement, to commence financing and construction of the project. The focus of this financing is to maximize the economic benefits to the RST while achieving commercially reasonable rates of return and fees for the other parties involved. Each of the development activities required and its status is discussed below.Land Resource: The Owl Feather War Bonnet 30 MW Wind Project is located on RST Tribal Trust Land of approximately 680 acres adjacent to the community of St. Francis, South Dakota. The RST Tribal Council has voted on several occasions for the development of this land for wind energy purposes, as has the District of St. Francis. Actual footprint of wind farm will be approx. 50 acres.Wind Resource Assessment: The wind data has been collected from the site since May 1, 2001 and continues to be collected and analyzed. The latest projections indicate a net capacity factor of 42% at a hub height of 80 meters. The data has been collected utilizing an NRG 9300 Data logger System with instrumentation installed at 30, 40 and 65 meters on an existing KINI radio tower. The long-term annual average wind speed at 65-meters above ground level is 18.2 mph (8.1 mps) and 18.7 mph (8.4 mps) at 80-meters agl.The wind resource is excellent and supports project financing.
Publication Date: 18 Jan 2008
Report numbers: Final Report
DOE Contract number: FG36-03GO13122
Resource Type: Technical Report
Research Organizations: Rosebud Sioux Tribe/Resource Development Office/DISGEN Inc.
Sponsoring Organizations: USDOE - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE)
Country of Publication: United States
Language: English
Keywords relating to this report:
AMERICAN INDIANS
CAPACITY
CHARGES
CONSTRUCTION
ECONOMICS
FEATHERS
FINANCING
GROUND LEVEL
LAND RESOURCES
RESOURCE ASSESSMENT
VELOCITY
WIND TURBINE ARRAYS
Related subjects:
WIND POWER, TRIBAL ENERGY, ROSEBUD SIOUX TRIBE.