Drawing on the Sacred Winds

Spears, Pat; Gough, Bob
May 2008
Solar Today;May/Jun2008, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p33
Academic Journal
The article discusses the efforts of tribes in Great Plains to forge a renewable energy economy through wind energy projects. The Intertribal Council on Utility Policy (COUP), a coalition of Great Plains tribes, has been working hard to generate jobs and revenue streams using wind energy turbines since 1995. The wind turbines, which are arrayed along transmission lines carrying hydroelectric energy from dams in the Missouri River, enable the tribes to sell surplus power to the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), and thus fill the lignite coal-fired electricity shortfalls in the region. One of the initial projects is lead by the Rosebud Sioux tribe in South Dakota. The tribe successfully built a 750-kilowatt turbine called "Little Soldier" at the Rosebud Hotel and Casino.


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