- 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 and federal government
HOW WE ARE DOING IT
- Established a multi-Tribal power authority to combine our resources
- Hiring professional staff and world-class technical consultants
- Leveraging the new Direct Pay tax credits to maintain Tribal ownership
- Creating jobs and reinvesting surplus revenues into our communities
The Initial Summit
December 1, 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 1, 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 1, 2013
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors becomes the fiscal sponsor for the Project.
June 1, 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 1, 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 1, 2013
Northwest Area Foundation awards the Project a 2-year $500,000 grant.
June 1, 2014
The Project joins the American Public Power Association.
POTUS Visits Standing Rock
June 8, 2014
President Obama makes an historic visit to the Standing Rock Reservation.
August 1, 2014
Bush Foundation awards the Project a $200,000 Community Innovation grant.
The Fourth Summit
September 1, 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 1, 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.
November 1, 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.
February 1, 2015
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 1, 2015
Crow Creek and Yankton join OSPA
April 1, 2015
Flandreau Santee joins OSPA
June 1, 2015
Flandreau Santee joins OSPA and the Department of Interior officially certifies the OSPA charter marking its official establishment
Oglala joins OSPA
July 1, 2015
Rosebud Joins OSPA
October 15, 2015
May 1, 2016
OSPA joins the American Wind Energy Association.
June 1, 2016
Bush Foundation awards the Project another $200,000 Community Innovation grant.
August 1, 2016
NREL and WAPA provide technical assistance and wind and transmission data across the reservations to assist OSPA in its planning.
First Interconnection Queue Positions
November 1, 2017
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.
October 1, 2022
After 5 years of waiting for interconnection studies, OSPA had to withdraw its interconnection queue positions for the Pass Creek and Ta’teh Topah wind power projects because SPP required over $48 million in deposits to remain in the queue. OSPA is currently reevaluating the size and configuration for both projects and plans on reapplying for the SPP interconnection queue in 2023.