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CX-004786: Categorical Exclusion Determination

North Dakota-Tribe-Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa
CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B2.5, B5.1
Date: 12/20/2010
Location(s): Turtle Mountain, North Dakota
Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program. The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North Dakota proposes to 1) develop an energy efficiency conservation strategy for buildings and facilities which would include understanding the issues involved with solar installation and, in addition, development of a pilot project (50 kilovolt solar array installation) to train tribal members on solar installation; 2) conduct training programs for Tribes to become energy installers and auditors, conduct energy audits, and pay salaries of auditors; 3) examine the best approach for tapping wind energy to serve local buildings, explore option of placing small turbines at each building which would require analyzing new mini-turbines under development; contract with wind energy companies to determine best option for tapping wind energy for reservation; and contract with a law firm to study what legal barriers may exist; and 4) conduct a 12-week weatherization pilot project on homes built between 1969 and 1999 (includes retrofit of windows, doors, insulation, and siding), conduct energy audits, and prepare energy savings report.

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