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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

Geothermal Summit coming to Reno, NV

Aug. 5-6
Grand Sierra Resort

“The Biggest Little City in the World,” global business center for the geothermal industry and home to a dozen major geothermal businesses, will host the fourth annual National Geothermal Summit Redirecting to a non-government site, Aug. 5-6.

Cohosted by the Geothermal Energy AssociationRedirecting to a non-government site and Ormat, the summit provides an opportunity to engage industry professionals and policymakers on issues and topics affecting geothermal development across the country. The agenda will address a range of topics including renewable portfolio standard policies, new U.S. codes and standards for geothermal energy, leasing and permitting improvements and the outlook for new renewable power procurements in the Western states.

There is still time to register to sponsor, attend or exhibit at the National Geothermal Summit. Please contact Kathy Kent Schott for information about Summit sponsorships. To schedule an interview or request press credentials, please contact Shawna McGregor at The Rosen Group, 917-971-7852.

New dates for upcoming Tribal Energy webinars

Aug. 8 – Project Implementation and O&M Redirecting to a non-government site 
Sept. 10 – 
Sandia Modeling Tool Redirecting to a non-government site 

Make a note that the Tribal Energy Series webinar scheduled for July 30 has moved, and a new webinar has been added to the schedule on Sept. 10. Project Implementation and O&M has been moved from July 30 to Aug. 8. This webinar will cover the last two steps of the five steps of the Energy Project Framework: project implementation, and Operations and Maintenance. Learn about project management, reporting, monitoring and commissioning. Presenters will also discuss project agreements, vendor contracting process, preconstruction tasks and equipment installation.

If you have already registered for the July 30 webinar, there is no need to register again.

The Sept. 10 event, highlighting the Sandia Modeling Tool, has recently been added to the 2014 Tribal Energy Webinar series. Participants will learn about collaborative, stakeholder-driven modeling, as well as how the models are developed and how they might be used in Indian Country. 

Registration is open for both the rescheduled and added webinar. After registering, you will receive an email confirmation with internet address, phone number and passcodes to participate. All webinars will take place at 11 a.m. MDT unless otherwise noted.

Also, there is still time to register for other upcoming topics, focusing on facility and community scale projects:

You can download past webinars from our webinar library.

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.  

PV interconnection screening procedures, online tools topic of next DGIC webinar

August 27
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM MDT

Join the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Solar Electric Power Association, and Western Area Power Administration, for the seventh webinar in the Distributed Generation Interconnection Collaborative (DGIC) Informational webinar series.

Distributed PV Interconnection Screening Procedures and Online Tools Redirecting to a non-government site will feature speakers from Salt River Project, who will describe the utility’s supplemental screening procedure for safety and reliability. Also, speakers from NV Energy will describe the utility’s decision to adopt an online platform for interconnection application processing and early results from implementation.

Seating is limited so register today. Contact Kristen Ardani at 303-384-6461 for more information. Visit the DGIC website to download past webinars.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Solar Energy Power Association, Electric Power Research Institute and Western are sponsoring this webinar series on current and emergent processes and protocols for interconnecting distributed PV. The goal is to foster information and data exchange amongst stakeholders.

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.