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.
News at a Glance
Presentations from Feb. 26 Strategic Energy Planning webinar now online
If you were unable to participate in the Feb. 26 Tribal webinar, Strategic Energy Planning, you can now download the presentations and find out what you missed.
Don't forget to register for the April 2 webinar, Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Framework: The Five Step Process. Learn about the five key steps of the Energy Project Framework that lead up to a successful project Participation is free of charge. After registering, you will receive an email confirmation with internet address, phone number and passcodes to participate.
Don't miss a single webinar in the 2014 series! Register today for these upcoming topics:
The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, the Tribal Energy Program and Western are sponsoring this series with a focus on facility and community scale projects.
Nominations now being accepted for 2014 Public Power Wind Award
Deadline: March 17, 2014
The 2014 Public Power Wind Award will honor one public power utility for its leadership in wind power. All utility members of the American Public Power Association are eligible to apply. Anyone can nominate a public power utility, and self-nominations are allowed. There is no cost to participate. The 2014 Public Power Wind Award is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach initiative in partnership with the APPA. Read more. Contact Randy Manion at 720-962-7423 for more information.
Collaborative invites utilities, stakeholders to explore distributed generation issues
Western is partnering with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to sponsor the Distributed Generation Interconnection Collaborative (DGIC). The group aims to bring utilities and stakeholders together to discuss their activities and challenges related to deploying grid-connected, distributed photovoltaic resources. Through regularly scheduled webinars and conference calls, DGIC members will learn what other stakeholders are doing and what advancements are being made. Sharing programs, best practices and concerns will enable peers to make informed decisions and arrive at innovative approaches to save time and costs while ensuring grid safety and reliability.
NREL, with support from EPRI, will facilitate and organize DGIC meetings and activities, foster a collaborative environment and conduct analysis as identified by members. The next meeting, Process Improvements with Innovative Online Interconnection Tools, is scheduled for April 2, 11:30 a.m. MST. Contact Kristen Ardani at 504-473-1928 for information on how to participate.
Future meetings will generally occur on the last Wednesday of each month, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mountain Time:
- April 30 — Supplemental Screening Procedures (part 1 of 4): Minimum Day Time Load Calculation and Screening
- May 28 — Utility Survey Results on Interconnection Mitigation Measures
- June 25 — Supplemental Screening Procedures (part 2 of 4): Safety and Reliability
- July 30 — Supplemental Screening Procedures (part 3 of 4): Voltage and Power Quality
- Aug. 27 — Highlights of SunShot PV Interconnection Related Projects
- Sept. 24 — Supplemental Screening Procedures (part 4 of 4): Cross Issue Discussion and Next Steps
- Oct. 29 — Interconnection Cost Study Preliminary Results
We hope you can join the next DGIC informational call and participate in future monthly exchanges.
Dates change for spring tribal renewable energy webinars
Two webinars in the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinars Series have been rescheduled. Renewable Energy Project Development and Finance Framework: The Five Step Process, originally planned for March 26, will take place on April 2. The April 30 webinar, Identifying Project Potential and Options, is being moved to April 26. The events will air at 11 a.m. MDT as originally planned. If you are already registered for these events, your registration will be transferred to the new dates.
Calling Western customers to participate in SEPA solar ranking survey
The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is conducting the seventh annual survey for its annual Utility Solar Rankings Briefing, to be released in April 2014, and its new Utility Solar Market Report, coming in June 2014. The annual survey collects utility data on solar electricity installations in the United States, both photovoltaic and concentrating solar power, on the customer and utility side of the meter.
The top ten annual and cumulative solar Megawatts- and Watts-per-Customer awards will be announced at SEPA's Utility Solar Conference in Newport Beach, Calif., in April. In 2012, seven out of the top ten Watts-per-Customer rankings went to cooperative and public utilities ranging from 160-560 watts per customer.
Please send your response by Feb. 4, 2014. Early submissions are appreciated, and those submitting by the deadline will receive complimentary summary reports. Contact Miriam Makhyoun at 202-379-1615 if you would prefer to take the survey in Word format.
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 .