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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

Register for the 2015 SEPA Utility Solar Conference

The Solar Electric Power Association is inviting utilities from every point on the solar power learning curve to come to San Diego, California, April 27-29 for the Utility Solar Conference Redirecting to a non-government site (USC).

The annual meeting brings together power providers interested in improving, expanding or developing a viable long-term solar strategy. Because registration is restricted to employees of utilities only, attendees will have the opportunity to share their experiences and exchange ideas in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Read more.

New resources added to Renewable Development Tools

Explore your options for adding sustainable energy to your power portfolio with Renewable Development Tools. We have added new resources to help public power utilities, tribes and federal facilities research the various aspects of renewable project development. Use the resource maps, data bases and modeling tools to get the facts about economic feasibility, resource potential, transmission needs and more.

Webinar on community solar programs available online

If you missed Utility Trends in Adopting Community Solar Models, presented by Western in cooperation with the Solar Electric Power Association, Redirecting to a non-government site you can download the recording and slide presentation from our webinar library.  Find out why some utilities see community solar programs as a valuable customer engagement tool, and explore case studies of actual utility programs.

Register for March 25 Tribal renewable development webinar

March 25
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mountain Time

Tribal Energy Development Operation and Management Best Practices Redirecting to a non-government site focuses on tribes that have explored, developed and implemented new energy development organizations and how those organizations serve as a resource for tribal leaders. Presenters will share tips for overcoming the challenges of developing a tribal strategic energy plan, along with best practices in planning and ideas for building public participation in the planning process. Reserve your place today.

Update: If you missed the Jan. 28 and Feb. 25 webinars, both are posted in the webinar library and available to download.

Now in its third year, this cooperative production by Western, the Tribal Energy Program and the Office of Indian Energy builds on the material presented in the previous years’ webinars, as well as technical assistance being provided to projects being developed in Indian Country. 

The webinars are generally held on the last Wednesday of the month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time, and registration is required. 

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