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 that 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
Next Tribal webinar, May 29, highlights transmission issues
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas and the eight U.S. regional reliability organizations are expanding regional transmission planning activities and broadening stakeholder involvement to plan for East-West interconnections. Hear about the status of the organizations’ plans and evaluations of long-term regional transmission needs.
Register today for Regional Transmission Planning, fifth webinar in the free series, Turning Knowledge into Energy Projects. All webinars in the series are scheduled for 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time.
Western and DOE's Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and Tribal Energy Program have teamed up to present the webinars. Don't miss these events if you are looking for ways to promote tribal energy sufficiency and foster economic development and employment on tribal lands through renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. You will learn about marketing, transmission, financing, partnerships and much more.
April 24 Tribal webinar 'How PMAs Market Power and Work with Tribes' now online
Download How Power Marketing Administrations Market Power and Work with Tribes, the April 24 installment of the Tribal webinar series. The PowerPoint presentation examines PMA assets and operations, examples of past cooperation with tribes, and how to work with PMAs to promote future economic growth and renewable energy development on tribal lands.
Download presentations from March 27 Tribal webinar 'Understanding the Grid'
Find out why Understanding the Grid was the best attended webinar yet in Turning Knowledge into Energy Projects, the 2013 webinar series on tribal renewable energy development. The PowerPoint presentation (235 kb pptx) and audio recording (65 MB wmv) are now available to download. Learn about location, siting and transmission issues and opportunities for feasible renewable energy development on tribal lands from recent studies by National Renewable Energy Laboratory and ICF on tribal renewable energy resources.
Western and DOE's Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs and Tribal Energy Program have teamed up to present this free series. Don't miss these events if you are looking for ways to promote tribal energy sufficiency and foster economic development and employment on tribal lands through renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. You will learn about marketing, transmission, financing, partnerships and much more.
Register for the 7th annual Wind and Solar Interconnection Workshop
May 21-22, 2013
Join industry experts from utilities, government and national laboratories for a two-day workshop exploring the challenges, issues and opportunities related to interconnecting different forms of distributed generation applications to the grid. Speakers will go beyond the distributed system for an in-depth look at transmission, energy imbalance markets, power operations training and renewable integration studies. The workshop will take place in Golden, Colo., at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Energy Systems Integration Facility, and at Western’s Electric Power Training Center.
Visit the Utility Variable Integration Group for more information, or contact Sandy Smith at 865-218-4600, ext. 6141.
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 .
Second edition of in-house wind O&M guidebook now available
To support power providers who are exploring alternative way to add wind generation to their portfolios, DOE's Wind Program has updated Establishing an In-House Wind Maintenance Program (2 MB pdf).
Since the guidebook was first published in 2008, more utilities have taken the path of setting up in-house O&M programs. The latest edition reflects their experiences, as well as advances in technology and other changes in the wind industry.
Cosponsors of the publication include Western Area Power Administration, Utility Wind Integration Group, American Wind Energy Association, American Public Power Association, National Rural Electric Association and Wind Powering America.
State program guides focus on policy, finance
Clean Energy States Alliance has created two new state program guides—one focused on policy and the other on finance—for distributed and community wind projects. The guides were created as part of CESA’s States Advancing Wind Project.
- Supporting On‑Site Distributed Wind Generation Projects, by Charles Kubert and Mark Sinclair, Clean Energy States Alliance – This wind energy program guide is for state clean energy fund managers and policymakers who support the installation of on‑site, behind‑the‑meter wind turbines at private businesses and municipal and other public facilities. It lays out the many policy actions states can take to encourage the development of these projects. Among these are: project feasibility assessment support, grant and other incentive programs, interconnection and net metering policies and model zoning ordinances. The guide also provides case studies of the leading state clean energy funds providing support to this market. May 2010.
- State‑Based Financing Tools to Support Distributed and Community Wind Projects, by Charles Kubert and Mark Sinclair, Clean Energy States Alliance – This wind energy program guide was created to help state clean energy fund managers and policymakers examine the various ways states can provide financial support for distributed wind projects. The options available to states range from rebates and loans to bridge financing and renewable portfolio standards. Each should be evaluated in light of the availability of tax and other incentives available at the Federal level. The report also looks at third‑party financing, which is increasingly being used by private and public entities to develop projects in tight financial times. May 2010.
The guides and presentations from the associated webinars on each topic are available online.