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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.

News at a Glance

Webinar series explores climate change impact on Indian Country

The White House and eight federal agencies are presenting a four-part webinar series focused on evaluating, assessing and mitigating the impacts of climate change on U.S. tribal communities.

Climate Change Impacts and Indian Country includes four webinars addressing topics and issues that are relevant to President Obama’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. Recordings and presentations from the April 3 webinar, Disaster Response and Recovery, and the April 10 webinar, Built Systems and Other Infrastructure, can be downloaded fromthe Renewable Energy Program webinar library.

There is still time to register for the final two webinars in the series:

April 24—Natural Resources and Agriculture
May 1—Communities: Human Health and Community Development

The webinars will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain time. There is no charge to participate, but registration is required.

Western, as a division of the Department of Energy is cosponsoring 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.

Download the Presentations from April 2 Tribal Energy webinar series

Presentations from Renewable Energy Project Framework: The Five-step Process are now available online. Don't miss this introduction to the steps that lay the groundwork for successful renewable energy projects. Then register for Identifying Project Potential and Options, April 23, to learn about the first two steps in the process. Also, you can register at any time for these upcoming topics, focusing on facility and community scale projects:

After registering, you will receive an email confirmation with internet address, phone number and passcodes to participate.

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.  

DGIC announces next webinar on PV interconnection process

Join the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Electric Power Institute and Western for the third webinar in the Distributed Generation Interconnection Collaborative informational webinar series.

Minimum Day Time Load Calculation and Screening will feature planning experts from the Massachusetts DG Technical Standards Review Group (TSRG) and Hawaiian Electric Company. Learn about the Massachusetts TSRG recommendation to adopt 100-percent minimum day time load screen, and how minimum day time load data is gathered and incorporated into the screening process. Register for this free event, or contact Kristen Ardani at 303-384-6461 for more information.

Read more about the Distributed Generation Interconnection Collaborative in Western's Energy Services Bulletin.

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.