April 2003 - The Intertribal Council on Utility Policy (COUP) and the Rosebud Tribal Utility Commission announced the completion of a 750-kW wind turbine on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota, making it the first utility-scale wind energy project to be wholly owned and operated by a tribe. The tribe is selling the green energy certificates generated from the project to Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota and NativeEnergy, a Vermont-based company that markets renewable energy certificates to residential and business customers nationwide. The formal project dedication is scheduled for May 1.
News Article - Rosebud wind turbine, a showcase project for the Northern Plains
Additional Information - Photos of the Construction of the Rosebud Wind Project
Project Description - Rosebud Sioux Tribe Project Summary
Intertribal COUP Contact: Pat Spears, (605) 945-1908
Rosebud Tribal Utility Commission Contact: Tony Rogers, (605) 747-4097