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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.

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Register for the April Tribal Webinar on Tribal Energy Industry
Still time to register for the California Solar Power Expo
New DOE prize seeks to speed up pumped hydro development
Past Tribal Energy Webinar series available online
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Register for the April Tribal Webinar on Tribal Energy Industry

 April 24, 11 AM MT
 
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy is hosting a free webinar on the fundamentals of tribal energy industry April 24, 2019, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Mountain Time. Energy development is a powerful tool to help bring economic growth, jobs, and independence to tribal communities. As such, there is significant interest in pursuing energy development in Indian Country—but difficulty understanding energy jargon or energy concepts can be a barrier to getting started. This webinar will provide an introduction to energy and familiarize attendees with important concepts and terminology. Attendees will also learn about publicly available resources that can help build their energy knowledge base. Register now .
 
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Still time to register for the California Solar Power Expo

April 25–26
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
San Diego, California
 

New policies in the California market, including updates to Title 24 and the addition of Rule 21 have both opened new opportunities and new challenges for the greater industry from installers to home builders to utilities. Explore the issues and prepare your business by attending the California Solar Power Expo   in San Diego, California, April 25-26. The event features two days of education specifically targeted at the California solar, energy storage, home building and emerging renewable markets, hands-on product demonstrations from vendors and unparalleled networking opportunities.

In conjunction with the California Solar Power Expo is the Solar Energy Industries Association’s Codes & Standards Symposium. This symposium will cover the most up-to-date, impactful issues that have the potential to drive further expansion of solar as well as those issues that have the potential to constrain solar growth and how to best address those challenges.

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New DOE prize seeks to speed up pumped hydro development

The Department of Energy has announced a new prize competition to support the development of pumped storage hydropower—the Furthering Advancements to Shorten Time Commissioning for Pumped Storage Hydropower, or FAST PSH, prize. The prize seeks novel solutions and technologies that address the non-regulatory challenges PSH developers face deploying new storage projects and supports the goal to reduce the time to commission PSH from its current 10 years to less than five.

The FAST Commissioning Prize provides both cash and in-kind laboratory support prizes. The goal of the prize is to catalyze new solutions, designs and strategies to accelerate PSH development. In the first stage, 10 finalists will be selected to receive 50 hours of support over approximately three months from the FAST national laboratory partners in preparation for a pitch contest with up to 3 winners and up to $950,000 of combined cash prizes and vouchers support.

The first stage of the prize closes on May 24, 2019. Enter the competition for the FAST Commissioning Prize. Learn more about the Water Power Technologies Office.

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Past Tribal Energy Webinar series available online

Tribal Sovereignty and Self-Determination through Community Energy Development, the 2018 Tribal Energy Webinar series has concluded but you can download the recordings and presentations for the entire series from the Office of Indian Energy website. The 2016 and 2017 webinars are also available.

The popular series explores the challenges and opportunities related to developing energy-efficiency, renewable energy and other resource projects on tribal lands.

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