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Western awarded for teamwork to reduce SF6 emissions

The Department of Energy recognized Rocky Mountain Environmental Manager Gene Iley with the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award for his work on the Fugitive Emissions Working Group .  

The FEWG  launched a successful campaign to eliminate emissions of the most highly potent greenhouse gas:  SF6.   Highlighting Western’s commitment to a cleaner environment, Iley along with three other Western employees gave a presentation to the entire workgroup on Western’s SF6 reduction program.

“We felt that it was in everyone’s interest to understand how different we are from most of the DOE family of sites and labs, as well as share our successes in SF6 emission reduction. In many instances, DOE sites have one location with one very large piece of equipment containing tons of SF6, whereas Western has thousands of smaller pieces of equipment to be managed,” Iley noted.   

The Secretary Chu presented the award to Iley Oct. 27 in Washington, D.C.  Iley modestly attributes his success on the FEWG to those who have contributed to Western’s SF6 Emissions Reduction Program.

Revising resource planning

Western is requesting comments on the proposed evaluation criteria and procedures that it will use for future Integrated Resource Planning acquisitions. The current principle, established in 1995, calls for developing project-by-project acquisition and transmission planning. This action would create standardized Western-wide evaluation criteria for IRP principles.

Western is also proposing to eliminate the transmission planning principles in the Federal Register notice.

Public meeting scheduled

Western will hold a public meeting to solicit input on Western’s revision to the Final Principles of IRP for Use in Resource Acquisition and Transmission Planning July 21 at, 8:30 a.m., MDT, in Lakewood, Colo. The meeting will also be available by conference call and webcast.

The meeting will address the new proposed evaluation criteria and procedures Western will use for long-term resource acquisition, as well as the intent to eliminate transmission planning principles.

Send comments

You can send written comments about Western’s proposed IRP revision to:

Julia L. Kyriss
Colorado River Storage Project Manager
CRSP Management Center
150 East Social Hall Avenue
Suite 300, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111–1580

Comments may also be e-mailed to or faxed to 801-524–5017.

For more information about the request for comments and the 1995 principles for IRPs, see the June 29 Federal Register notice. You may also call Paula Fronk at 801-524–6383.

Interested in transmission services in the West?

On behalf of TransWest Express Transmission Project — a new transmission path from south-central Wyoming to southern Nevada — Western is seeking interest from any entity or entities interested in long-term firm transmission service to deliver generation over the new line.

The TWE Project is proposed as a 725-mile, 3,000 megawatt, 600-kilovolt, direct-current transmission system with terminals in Wyoming and Nevada. Western anticipates it will be able to make about 250 megawatts of transmission capacity available from Carbon County, Wyo., to the Clark County, Nev.

Western published a Request for Statements of Interest in the Oct. 18 Federal Register seeking responses from entities interested in transmission service. Responses to the SOI are due no later than 4 p.m., MST, Dec. 2, 2010.

For further information, contact:
Stacey Harris
Public Utilities Specialist
Transmission Infrastructure Program
Western Area Power Administration
P.O. Box 281213
Lakewood, CO 80228-8213
or e-mail