The Initial Summit
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
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.
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors becomes the fiscal sponsor for the Project.
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
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.
Northwest Area Foundation awards the Project a 2-year $500,000 grant.
The Project joins the American Public Power Association.
POTUS Visits Standing Rock
President Obama makes an historic visit to the Standing Rock Reservation.
Bush Foundation awards the Project a $200,000 Community Innovation grant.
The Fourth Summit
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.
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.
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.
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
Crow Creek and Yankton join OSPA
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
Rosebud Joins OSPA
OSPA joins the American Wind Energy Association.
Bush Foundation awards the Project another $200,000 Community Innovation grant.
NREL and WAPA provide technical assistance and wind and transmission data across the reservations to assist OSPA in its planning.
OSPA Partners with Apex
OSPA Board selects Apex Clean Energy, an industry leader that has successfully developed and financed over 3 GW of wind and solar energy facilities, as its development partner.
First Interconnection Queue Positions
Transmission interconnection queue positions are secured with Southwest Power Pool (SPP) for the first two projects – Pass Creek on Pine Ridge Reservation and Ta’Teh Topah on Cheyenne River Reservation.
OSPA and Apex expect to complete the studies and design work and commence construction in 2020, and be commercially operational in 2021, for the Pass Creek and Ta’teh Topah projects. Planning for the second phase of projects has already begun.