Western, DOE announce 2015 Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar lineup

The webinar series for Native American tribes, government officials and renewable energy developers returns Jan. 28, 2015, with a new schedule covering the many aspects of developing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Now in its third year, the Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar series is a cooperative production by Western, the Tribal Energy Program and the Office of Indian Energy. Knowledge to Energy: The Path to Projects builds on the material presented in the previous years’ webinars, as well as experiences from projects being developed in Indian Country.

“The planning committee worked closely with many stakeholders to identify and prioritize potential topics for the 2015 webinar series,” said Western Renewable Program Manager Randy Manion.  “We then analyzed participant interest over the previous 24 months, considered past and current technical assistance activities in Indian Country, and made final determinations regarding highest value topics to include in the 2015 series.”

The result is a series that focuses on best practices, case studies, regulatory issues and business and financing models:

  • Jan. 28 – Best Practices in Developing a Tribal Strategic Energy Plan
  • Feb. 25 – Models for Tribal Energy Development Organizations
  • March 25 – Tribal Energy Development Operation and Management Best Practices
  • April 29 – Innovative Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Grid Technology Updates
  • May 27 – Tribal Case Study Using Models and Tools for Evaluating Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program and Project Opportunities
  • June 24 – Regulatory Impacts on Indian Lands
  • July 29 – Best Practices for Developing and Implementing a Request for Proposals
  • Aug. 26 – Successful Tribal Renewable Energy Projects
  • Sept. 30 – Effective Ways for Tribal Governments to Work with Utilities
  • Oct. 28 – Advanced Financing Models
  • Nov. 18 – Putting it all Together

The webinars are generally held on the last Wednesday of the month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Time. Visit the Tribal Energy Program for more information and links to registration (required).

Learn how to apply for DOE Loan Guarantee

Dec. 18
10-11 am Mountain Time

The Department of Energy has reopened the window for applications for federal loan guarantees for renewable energy projects embodying innovative technologies. The deadline for applications was extended last week from Jan. 14, 2015, to December 30, 2015. An estimated $4 billion in financing will be made available for qualifying projects. Eligible projects must employ an innovative technology for renewable energy, efficient electricity generation, transmission or distribution, or energy-efficient end use. The project must avoid, reduce or sequester anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases and be located in the U.S.

Register today You are leaving WAPA.gov. to hear a discussion on the opportunities and challenges for project developers. The panel will include three people close to the program on December 18, 2014, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. MST.

Source: B2B Webinars, 12/4/14

Dates change for spring tribal renewable energy webinars

The Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series has rescheduled two upcoming webinars. Renewable Energy Project Framework: The Five Step Process previously planned for March 26, will now air on April 2.  The April 30 webinar, Identifying Project Potential and Options, is being moved to April 26. Both events will take place at 11 a.m. MDT.

Early birds who have already registered for these two webinars do not need to register again. Those who were unable to attend on the original dates now have a second chance. The April 2 webinar will introduce participants to the key steps that lead to success in energy project development. The first two steps will be covered in depth during the April 26 webinar.

Following the live events, recordings and presentations are posted in the Renewables Program webinar library. Visitors can review the material at their convenience, but need to download the GoTo Meeting codec to access the recordings.


Webinar offers tribes guidance for winning utility renewable RFPs

Join Western and the DOE Tribal Energy Program for a FREE webinar, Aug. 17, on Challenges and Opportunities with Tribal Renewable Energy Development, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mountain Time.

Utilities in Western’s 15-state territory need renewable energy and renewable energy certificates to meet goals and mandates. Native American tribes have abundant renewable resources on tribal lands, and jobs and economic development would come from building generation projects. This webinar is for tribes who are interested in responding to renewable Requests for Proposals from utilities, or who simply want to learn more about the competitive power market. 

There are many challenges that beset renewable project development—from transmission interconnection and availability to conditions that are unique to each tribe. Speakers from utilities, government agencies and developers will offer their perspectives on how tribes can navigate the obstacles to create winning partnerships that result in successful tribal renewable projects. Expect frank discussions on what utilities expect in a tribal proposal to a renewable RFP, along with examples of success. See the full agenda.

Register online, or contact Guy Nelson at 541-994-4670 or 541-921-1127 for more information. Due to limited space, early registration is STRONGLY encouraged.