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Western's Renewable Resources program encourages the voluntary use of renewable resources by Western's wholesale customers. Western offers Federal customers two renewable resource products and facilitates customer access to renewable energy developers. The goal of the program is to identify customers who desire renewable resources in their generation mix and provide the technical and marketing assistance required for them to fully evaluate the option.

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GRC pre-meeting workshops explore leasing, geology, water use legal issues

If you are planning to attend the Geothermal Resource Council Annual Meeting, Sept. 28-Oct. 1, consider getting to Portland, Oregon, a few days early to attend two pre-meeting workshopsRedirecting to a non-government site

Leasing, Unitization and Water Use Legal Issues and Introduction to Hydrothermal Geology and Exploration, scheduled for Sept. 26-27, both feature a roster of experts from industry, academia and government. 

Introduction to Hydrothermal Geology and Exploration examines the basic dynamics of geothermal resources and how to explore for them. Attendees will get a comprehensive overview of the geology and hydrology of different terrains and exploration techniques as they apply in different settings.

Geothermal landowners, regulators, developers, policymakers, utilities and investors will want to register for Geothermal Lease, Unitization and Water Use Legal Issues. This workshop covers federal and state geothermal laws, critical elements in geothermal leases, rights of adjacent landowners and water use regulation in geothermal exploration and development.

Register online or download the registration form.

Presentations available for Aug. 8 Tribal Energy Program webinar

In case you missed Project Implementation and O&M, the Tribal Energy Series webinar rescheduled on Aug. 8, you can download the presentations, including an audio recording.  

Also, there is still time to register for other upcoming topics, focusing on facility and community scale projects:

You can download past webinars from our webinar library.

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, the Tribal Energy Program and Western offer the webinar series at no cost to participants, but registration is required.  

Funding available for renewables development on tribal lands

The DOE Tribal Energy Program, with the DOE Office of Indian Energy, is accepting applications for up to $7 million in funding to accelerate clean energy development on tribal lands.

This funding opportunity announcement (DE-FOA-0001021) is soliciting applications in two topic areas:

  • Installing clean energy and energy-efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings
  • Deploying clean energy systems on a community scale

Applications are due Oct. 2, 2014, and will be accepted only through the EERE Exchange website.

PV interconnection screening procedures, online tools topic of next DGIC webinar

August 27
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM MDT

Join the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Solar Electric Power Association, and Western Area Power Administration, for the seventh webinar in the Distributed Generation Interconnection Collaborative (DGIC) Informational webinar series.

Distributed PV Interconnection Screening Procedures and Online Tools Redirecting to a non-government site will feature speakers from Salt River Project, who will describe the utility’s supplemental screening procedure for safety and reliability. Also, speakers from NV Energy will describe the utility’s decision to adopt an online platform for interconnection application processing and early results from implementation.

Seating is limited so register today. Contact Kristen Ardani at 303-384-6461 for more information. Visit the DGIC website to download past webinars.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Solar Energy Power Association, Electric Power Research Institute and Western are sponsoring this webinar series on current and emergent processes and protocols for interconnecting distributed PV. The goal is to foster information and data exchange amongst stakeholders.

Presentations from final 'Climate Change in Indian Country' webinar now available

The webinar series, Climate Change Impacts and Indian Country, concluded May 1 with Communities: Human Health and Community Development. If you missed any of the four webinars, visit our webcast library to find audio recordings and PowerPoint presentations. 

Western, as a division of the Department of Energy, cosponsored the series with the White House Office of Public Engagement and Council on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, the Interior, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development and Transportation; the Environmental Protection Agency; and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Webinar clarifies FERC regulations

Developing distributed generation or utility-scale generation projects on Federal land involves a host of often confusing issues. On Feb. 6, Wind Powering America presented Regulatory Considerations for Developing Generation Projects on Federal Land, a webinar to educate Federal agencies on regulatory issues such as:

  • What types of transactions fall under FERC jurisdictional?
  • What are the pertinent Federal laws and how do they apply?
  • Does any party qualify as a "public utility" or "transmitting utility" under Federal law before or after the transaction?
  • How are the considerations different for Federally owned renewable projects versus those where a Federal agency hosts a third-party developer's renewable energy project and purchases energy from it?

To learn more, download the PowerPoint (1.2 MB .ppt) or the audio file (58 MB .wmv) from our Webinar Library. The audio file requires the G2M4 codec Redirecting to a non-government site.