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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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Improving Data Transparency for the Distributed PV Interconnection Process: Emergent Utility Practices and State Requirements

Jun 03, 2015
12:00 PM MDT
Register now!
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Join the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Solar Energy Power Association Redirecting to a non-government site (SEPA) for the next webinar-meeting for the Distributed Generation Interconnection Collaborative (DGIC). The DGIC webinar-meeting series is focused on current and emergent processes and protocols for the interconnection of distributed PV, with the goal of fostering information and data exchange amongst stakeholders.

Improving Data Transparency for the Distributed PV Interconnection Process: Emergent Utility Practices and State Requirements will feature speakers from the Massachusetts Technical Standards Review Group, Hawaiian Electric Company and NREL. The webinar will explain how tracking and data reporting for interconnection requests is evolving with rising PV volumes, cover the benefits of publically available interconnection queue data and compare data reporting requirements across states.


Webinar explores ways to evaluate energy-efficiency and renewable energy programs

May 27
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. MDT

The Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series continues with Models and Tools for Evaluating Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs. Learn about the models and tools developed by the Energy Department and its partners to assist Tribes in assessing renewable energy and energy-efficiency project potential. Presenters will explore the use of publicly available energy data and maps, analysis tools, software and calculators in developing tribal energy projects.

Register Redirecting to a non-government site for the free event, today. Recordings of past series webinars, including the April 29 webinar, Energy Efficiency First, Off-Grid Hybrid Power Generation Systems, and Zero Energy Ready Homes are available in the Webinar library

The Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy, in partnership with Western, presents the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series. Participation is free but registration is required.  


Earth Day 2015: New guidance to protect environment, develop wind energy

Federal agencies team up to strengthen environmental protection while developing wind energy resources in the Upper Great Plains

The Western Area Power Administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service teamed up to develop an innovative, standardized and streamlined environmental review process for wind energy projects. The Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement allows wind developers in the Upper Great Plains to address specific environmental concerns in a consistent way.  

“This is an exciting development, just in time for Earth Day,” said Western CEO and Administrator Mark Gabriel. “Signing off on the final environmental review today is encouraging for the environment, energy industry and government. The proposed guidance will ensure strong environmental protection of our natural resources and support development of renewable, clean energy options.” Read more.


Register for National Geothermal Summit

June 3-4, 2015
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
Reno, Nevada

The only thing better than attending the fifth annual National Geothermal Summit is getting a discount on your registration for the premier forum of the geothermal industry. Get in on that great deal by registering before April 17 to receive the early-bird discount for Geothermal Policies as Stimulus for Economic Growth and Environmental Quality. Read more.


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.


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