Renewable Energy: A New Direction Essay

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Abstract: Can the Quapaw Tribe Benefit from Renewable Resources? The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) finds low potential for wind and photovoltaic energy, with favorable potential for geothermal. While this is limiting in terms of options which are currently available it is also good for the Quapaw tribe as this means that there is an option available to the tribe. This entails that implantation of geothermal energy can be achieved successfully to mitigate energy cost.
Introduction: “Up to ninety cents of every dollar the Tribes spend on energy leaves immediately- lost forever to all of the economic leverage and benefits this money could create within tribal communities.” –
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The Quapaw tribal jurisdictional area is approximately 21 square miles. The Tribe operates a museum, counseling services center, childcare learning centers, a convenience store, The Downstream Casino and Resort, the Quapaw Casino, a golf course as well as several governmental entities such as the tribal administration, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and tribal marshals, fire and emergency medical services.
Quapaw tribe energy use: to determine electricity use and the emissions created because of this use I went through tribal utility bills and by using figures from the electricity company and other energy figures I extrapolated the table below. The renewable resource energy potential for Quapaw lands was determined using National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) data. NREL is best described their description of themselves; “The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the nation's primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development (R&D).NREL's mission and strategy are focused on advancing the U.S. Department of Energy's and our nation's energy goals. The laboratory's scientists and researchers support critical market objectives to accelerate research from scientific innovations to market-viable alternative energy solutions.”

This is a NREL map of Oklahoma detailing wind energy. There is limited wind energy

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