Join Western and Wind Powering America May 18 at 1:00 p.m. MT for the free webinar, Opportunities for Adding New Transmission Lines to Support Renewables.
This is the fifth webinar in Wind Powering America’s 2011 free webinar series. Speakers will focus on three entities that provide the opportunity to build transmission lines needed to get renewable energy to market – Western Renewable Energy Zones (WREZs), USDA’s Rural Utilities Service, and Western Area Power Administration’s Transmission Infrastructure Program.
WREZs are areas throughout the Western Interconnection that feature the potential for large scale development of renewable resources with low environmental impacts. National Renewable Energy Laboratory works with stakeholders to identify more specific areas within WREZs that balance the benefits of renewable energy development with the need to protect wildlife and crucial habitat.
USDA’s Rural Utilities Service provides funding to build new transmission and distribution lines under USDA Rural Development’s Electric Loan Program. Recipients must meet the conditions of the loan agreement.
Section 402 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides Western new borrowing authority and a source of funds to build transmission lines that help deliver renewable resources to market. To implement this authority, Western created the Transmission Infrastructure Program (TIP) to assist the modernization of our nation’s infrastructure and enhance energy independence.
The webinar is free; no registration is required. Login information, along with a brief agenda, can be found at Wind Powering America.