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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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Western, DOE announce 2015 Tribal Energy Webinar lineup

Now in its third year, the Tribal Energy Webinar series is back with Knowledge to Energy: The Path to Projects. 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.

Beginning Jan. 28 with Best Practices in Developing a Tribal Strategic Energy Plan, Redirecting to a non-government site the series will focus on best practices, case studies, regulatory issues and business and financing models.

Visit the Tribal Energy Program website to register for any or all of this year's topics. 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.

To find materials and recordings from past webinars, visit the Renewable Energy Program webinar library.

Learn how to apply for DOE Loan Guarantee

Dec. 18
10-11 am Mountain Time

The Department of Energy has reopened the window for applications for federal loan guarantees for renewable energy projects embodying innovative technologies. The deadline for applications was extended last week from Jan. 14, 2015, to December 30, 2015. An estimated $4 billion in financing will be made available for qualifying projects. Eligible projects must employ an innovative technology for renewable energy, efficient electricity generation, transmission or distribution, or energy-efficient end use. The project must avoid, reduce or sequester anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases and be located in the U.S.

Register today Redirecting to a non-government site to hear a discussion on the opportunities and challenges for project developers. The panel will include three people close to the program on December 18, 2014, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. MST.

Nominations open for 2014 Wind Cooperative of the Year Award

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Redirecting to a non-government site (NRECA) has called for nominations for the 2014 Wind Cooperative of the Year Award. All NRECA member cooperatives are eligible to apply, and may nominate themselves or another system. There is no cost to enter.

Sponsored by the Department of Energy in partnership with the NRECA, the annual award recognizes electric cooperatives for commitment to bringing the benefits of wind energy to their customers. A panel of expert judges from across the electric power and renewable energy industries will evaluate nominations for:

  • Corporate leadership
  • Innovative marketing
  • Benefits to customers
  • Project creativity

The 2014 winners will receive their awards at the NRECA TechAdvantage Conference Redirecting to a non-government site in Orlando, Florida, Feb. 23 to 26, 2015.

To nominate a cooperative, download the nomination form and complete the second page, which must be used as a template for all nominations.

Submit the completed forms, along with relevant graphics or innovative marketing material, to:

Randy Manion
Desert Southwest Region
Western Area Power Administration
PO Box 6457
Phoenix, AZ 85005-6457

All nominations are due by close of business Jan. 5, 2015.

For additional information, contact Renewables Program Manager Randy Manion at 720-201-3285.

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