The Oceti Sakowin Power Project

GOING BIG

  • Project is on track to be one of the largest wind power developments in the country
  • Plans to produce up to 2 Gigawatts of emissions-free electricity
  • Capacity to generate as much as 60 GW of power on Tribal lands
  • Support from powerful organizations, the White House and government agencies

HOW WE ARE DOING IT

  • Established a multi-Tribal power authority to combine our resources
  • Hiring professional staff and world-class technical consultants
  • Issuing power revenue bonds to finance construction to keep costs low and maintain Tribal ownership
  • Creating jobs and reinvesting surplus revenues into our communities

Milestones

The Initial Summit

December 2012

The first Tribal Summit is held in Washington DC to discuss coming together to jointly develop the Tribes’ wind resources. Cheyenne River, Crow Creek, Flandreau Santee, Oglala, Rosebud and Standing Rock representatives attend, with grant funding support by the Bush Foundation.

The Second Summit

March 2013

The second Tribal Summit is held at Standing Rock Reservation, with a focus on public power authorities and bond financing. Cheyenne River, Crow Creek, Flandreau Santee, Lower Brule, Oglala, Rosebud, Sisseton Wahpeton, Standing Rock and Yankton representatives attend, with grant funding support by the Bush Foundation.

May 2013

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors becomes the fiscal sponsor for the Project.

June 2013

Oceti Sakowin Power Project is featured at the Clinton Global Initiative America conference. Cheyenne River, Crow Creek, Oglala, Rosebud, Sisseton Wahpeton and Yankton representatives attend, with grant funding support by the Bush Foundation.

The Third Summit

October 2013

The third Tribal Summit is held at Flandreau Reservation to begin planning in earnest.  Cheyenne River, Crow Creek, Flandreau Santee, Oglala, Rosebud, Sisseton Wahpeton, Standing Rock and Yankton representatives attend, as well as industry leaders and state and federal government officials, with grant funding support by the Bush Foundation.

December 2013

Northwest Area Foundation awards the Project a 2-year $500,000 grant.

June 2014

The Project joins the American Public Power Association.

POTUS Visits Standing Rock

June 2014

POTUS Visits Standing Rock

President Obama makes an historic visit to the Standing Rock Reservation.

August 2014

Bush Foundation awards the Project a $200,000 Community Innovation grant.

The Fourth Summit

September 2014

The fourth Tribal Summit is held at Yankton Indian Reservation with a focus on the public power business model and governance, with training by the American Public Power Association.  The Tribes begin negotiations on the Oceti Sakowin Power Authority charter.

October 2014

The Project receives a joint letter of support from Energy Secretary Moniz and Interior Secretary Jewell, as the Tribes continue to negotiate the OSPA charter at a summit at Pine Ridge Reservation.

Charter Complete

November 2014

The White House Council of Native American Affairs Energy Subgroup meets with the Project to discuss federal technical and financial support, as the Tribes complete negotiations on the OSPA charter at a summit at Crow Creek Reservation.

Federal Corporation

February 2015

Federal Corporation

The OSPA charter is pre-approved by the Department of the Interior staff as a federal corporation under Section 17 of the Indian Reorganization Act.

Cheyenne River and Standing Rock join OSPA

March 2015

Cheyenne River and Standing Rock join OSPA

Crow Creek and Yankton join OSPA

April 2015

Crow Creek and Yankton join OSPA

Flandreau Santee joins OSPA

June 2015

Flandreau Santee joins OSPA

Flandreau Santee joins OSPA and the Department of Interior officially certifies the OSPA charter marking its official establishment

Oglala joins OSPA

July 2015

Oglala joins OSPA

Rosebud Joins OSPA

October 2015

Rosebud Joins OSPA

May 2016

OSPA joins the American Wind Energy Association.

June 2016

Bush Foundation awards the Project another $200,000 Community Innovation grant.

OSPA Board Prioritizes Site Development

August 2016

OSPA Board Prioritizes Site Development

OSPA Board reviews wind and transmission data provided by NREL and WAPA to prioritize the top six development sites across the reservations.

Looking Forward: Spring 2017

January 2017

Anticipate securing the remaining startup funds through a federally-guaranteed loan and strategic partners.

Looking Forward: 2017-2018

January 2017

Anticipate completing technical, environmental and financial work related to developing wind power generation and transmission system across the reservations; world-class technical consultants have already been selected and discussions have started with potential co-developer/operator partners and turbine manufacturers.

Looking Forward: 2019

January 2019

Anticipate issuing first tranche of power revenue bonds and starting construction.

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