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LAKEWOOD, Colo.—Western conducted an Unwinding Transmission Policies webinar for 30 Native American Tribes and other interested parties Feb. 29 to explain what transmission policy is, how it is established and who enforces it. FERC Order 1000 and its possible impact to transmission resources were also discussed.

"Mike McElhany, Western's Transmission Business Unit Manager, did an outstanding job of both describing a very complex issue in a very understandable way, and then answering participants’ questions," said Renewable Resources Manager Randy Manion.

Questions ranged from whether Western would be releasing a renewable request for proposals to very specific issues regarding FERC policy.

“[It] was a well-done presentation. I appreciated Mike McElhany’s organized and thoughtful approach to such a complex topic,” said Jan Bush, an environmental planner at Transcon Environmental.  “When the recorded presentation becomes available, I would like to share it with the environmental planning staff here at Transcon.

This is the fourth webinar Western has held in partnership with the DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and the DOE Tribal Energy Program. 

The next Tribal webinar March 28, Transmission Queue Process, will discuss how to request transmission service or an interconnection and what tribes can do to gain access to the transmission system. Registration is open, but space is limited.

"Attendance in our webinar series varies from 30 to more than 120 people,” said Manion. “According to participant feedback, we’re meeting educational and technology transfer needs of Tribes and other industry partners."

 Slides from all four webinars can be downloaded from the website; the presentation and audio recording of Unwinding Transmission Policies is at

About the webinars

The objective of the webinar series, which will continue monthly through September, is to promote tribal energy sufficiency and foster economic development and employment on tribal lands through renewable energy and energy-efficiency technologies. The webinars will:

Discuss methods for tribes to evaluate and develop their renewable energy resources