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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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First Tribal Energy Webinar presentations now online, registration open for Feb. 25 webinar

If you were unable to attend Best Practices in Developing a Tribal Strategic Energy Plan on Jan. 28, you can now download an audio recording and the presentation slides from the webinar library

The 2015 Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar series, Knowledge to Energy: The Path to Projects, continues on Feb. 25 with Models for Tribal Energy Development Organizations. Discover how formal organizations, such as the Section 17 corporation or the tribal utility, can provide a renewables project with structure for managing challenges throughout the development process. This webinar will explore business models for formal organizations and offer tips on choosing the model that best supports your project goals.

Now in its third year, 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. 

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.

Webinar describes utility trends in adopting community solar programs

Feb. 4, 2015
2-3:30 PM MST

Western and the Solar Electric Power Association Redirecting to a non-government site are teaming up to present a webinar that explores the utility’s role in the community solar market segment on Feb. 4, 2015, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Utility Trends in Adopting Community Solar Models Redirecting to a non-government site will open with Becky Campbell, SEPA Senior Manager of Research and Advisory Services, defining community solar and explaining why some utilities see it as a valuable customer engagement tool. Using case studies of actual utility programs to support the discussion, she will highlight nationwide utility trends in program adoption.

There is no cost to attend the webinar, but registration is required. 

DEED webinar: Solar Roadmap - A tool to help utilities become solar-ready

Jan. 27, 2015
12 - 1:30 p.m. MST
The "Solar Roadmap" Redirecting to a non-government site is an interactive national database with resources on installation of utility-scale solar power systems. At the core of the Solar Roadmap platform is a comprehensive database of best practices, case studies, how-to guides, templates, tools and program materials from more than 100 organizations. Individual roadmaps provide tailored guidance on installing solar in your community.

Western, the Solar Electric Power Association Redirecting to a non-government site and Optony Inc. are teaming up with American Public Power Association Redirecting to a non-government site (APPA) to provide technical assistance directly to utilities using the Solar Roadmap platform. The Jan. 27 webinar offers an overview of the Solar Roadmap and explains how utilities can use it.  
Register today. There is no charge to DEED program members, $89 for APPA members and $179 for non-members. This webinar is worth 0.2 CEU/1.5 PDH credits.

Take part in SEPA’s annual utility solar survey

Deadline: February 4, 2015

Solar Electric Power Association Redirecting to a non-government site (SEPA) is conducting the eighth annual survey Redirecting to a non-government site to provide data for its 2014 Utility Solar Market Snapshot, to be released in April 2015, and its new Utility Solar Market Report, scheduled for a June 2015 release. Read more.

Please send your response by Feb. 4, 2015.  Early submissions are appreciated, and those submitting by the deadline will receive complimentary summary reports. For more information, contact Miriam Makhyoun at 202-379-1615.

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