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Western Area Power Administration's Renewable Resources program encourages the voluntary use of renewable resources by WAPA's wholesale customers. WAPA 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

April Tribal Energy webinar studies wise energy investment
Small utilities the focus of May 18 interconnection webinar
Free regional workshop tackles community solar challenges
Presentations from past Tribal Renewables webinars available online
Recording of distributed energy resources webinar available online​​
Webinar on community solar programs available online

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April Tribal Energy webinar studies wise energy investment

April 26
11 a.m.-1 p.m. MT

Expanding Tribal Energy Development through Partnerships Webinar: Spending Energy Dollars Wisely is the next webinar in the Tribal Energy series. Attendees will learn about strategies, tools and technical assistance opportunities to help maximize energy dollars. Tribal guest speakers will share their successes and lessons learned in pursuing, developing and implementing strategic approaches to make the most of their energy investments.

This free webinar series is sponsored by the DOE Office of Indian Energy and WAPA.

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Small utilities the focus of May 18 interconnection webinar

May 18
12-1 p.m. MT

While the distributed solar spotlight largely falls on a dozen or so large investor-owned utilities, some smaller utilities have quietly met or surpassed their peers in distributed solar deployment on a per-customer basis. At the same time, these organizations must maintain safety, reliability, and affordability for all customers from a much smaller pool of resources. Distributed Solar for Smaller Utilities    will highlight the experiences of several utilities, each having between 5,000 and 50,000 customers, as they shift their business processes, staffing, planning and operations to incorporate distributed solar into their systems.

The Distributed Generation Interconnection Collaborative (DGIC) webinar schedule for 2017 has been released and it showcases a diverse array of topics and expert speakers from utilities, research organizations and other industry participants.

The final webinar of the series, Plug-and-Play Solar   , is scheduled for July 19.

Visit the DGIC website for more information and while you are there, check out the new look and features. Don't forget to nominate an interconnection leader you know to participate in the case study series DGIC is planning. Nominations must be submitted by April 27 to be included in the 2017 case studies.

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Free regional workshop tackles community solar challenges

June 7-8
Golden, Colorado

WAPA's Renewables Program and the Community Solar Value Project   invite utilities in the West to Community Solar Procurements, Programs and Pricing  , June 7-8 at the Electric Power Training Center​ in Golden Colorado.

This one and one-half day workshop will help you overcome the key stumbling blocks to utility-led program success, including:

  • Assessing in-house and outsourced procurement choices
  • Employing strategic design elements that make sense for your utility 
  • Designing an RFP for quality, economy, and timeliness 
  • Pricing competitively, while meeting utility needs and addressing risks
  • Adding features that add value to customer engagement​
There is no cost for utility representatives and others (as space allows) to participate in this workshop. Participants only cover travel/hotel costs and incidentals. However, registration   is required so don't wait!

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Presentations from past Tribal Renewables webinars available online

If you missed any of the past Tribal Renewable Energy series--you can find the presentations in the Renewables webinar library.

WAPA partners with the Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy to present this free webinar series. The webinars generally take place on the last Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. MT.

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RECORDING OF DISTRIBUTED ENERGY RESOURCES WEBINAR AVAILABLE ONLINE

 

The Distributed Generation Interconnection Collaborative meets quarterly to discuss issues related to distributed PV interconnection practices, research and innovation. You can download recordings from past meetings and presentations, and subscribe to receive updates about upcoming webinars and other DGIC announcements.

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Webinar on community solar programs available online

If you missed Utility Trends in Adopting Community Solar Models, presented by WAPA in cooperation with the Solar Electric Power Association                  , 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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