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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

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.

Update bookmarks for new Green Power News format

You may have recently received an email message asking you to reconfirm your subscription to the Green Power News and Market Update. If you haven’t responded yet, please take a minute to make sure you continue to receive the latest information about renewable resource development, reports and studies and funding opportunities.

Then visit the new Green Power News to see what has changed (and don’t forget to bookmark the page). To ensure that you always know what is happening in our fast-changing industry, Green Power News has become a regularly updated blog. Stories will be added throughout the month. At the end of each month, you will receive a summary of the highlights.

If aren’t already a subscriber, there is no time like the present to start your subscription. Western will never share your information with outside parties.

Presentations from final Tribal Energy Program webinar now online

The Tribal Energy Program Renewable Development webinar series wrapped up on Oct. 29 with Putting it All Together. Visit the webinar library to  download the presentations from the latest webinar and or any of series.   

Western would like to thank the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and the Tribal Energy Program for cosponsoring this free series as a service to our tribal customers.

Presentations from September Tribal Energy Program webinars available to download

If you missed Sandia Modeling Tool and Successful Project Financing Mechanisms, the September installments of the Tribal Energy Program webinar series, you can now download the recordings and PowerPoint presentations from our webinar library.

Register today for Putting it All Together Redirecting to a non-government site, Oct. 29, the final webinar in this series.

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.  

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.