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CX-005301: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Alaska-Tribal Energy Program-The Tatitlek Corporation
CX(s) Applied: A9, A11
Date: 02/28/2011
Location(s): Tatitlek, Alaska
Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

The Tatitlek Corporation, acting on behalf of the Tatitlek Indian Reorganization Act Council, proposes to utilize the Department of Energy (DOE) funding to implement the initial stages of the High Wind Penetration Wind Power Project (HPWPP) within the Native Village of Tatitlek. This phase of the project would focus on pre-construction activities, and DOE funding would be for continued wind resource monitoring, information collection, analysis, and community education. Prior activities began in 2010 with the assessment of the feasibility of wind and hydropower under a grant from the Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) which included initial placement of wind anemometers, data collection, and analysis. This proposed project would supplement and build on the activities currently underway through the previous grant from AEA. Specific tasks to be performed during this initial project phase would include: completing regulatory requirements to allow anemometer and turbine placement; partnering with local entities and organizations for assistance in project development; conducting avian collision monitoring; attending training and workshops; completing an energy-load assessment; completing the technical and economic analysis?if the initial anemometer sites do not prove viable, the anemometers would be moved and additional wind resource monitoring conducted on alternate sites; analyzing environmental and economic impacts of reducing the quantity and frequency of transporting, transferring, and storage of fossil fuels; establishing a long-term plan for the operation and maintenance of the wind turbine(s); conducting business and organizational planning to determine whether a wind-diesel plant is feasible; developing and conducting educational and informational presentations; conducting training classes; attending Tribal Council meetings and workshops/conferences; and evaluating yearly progress relative to the overall objectives.

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