Category: Power Marketing

Desert Southwest proposes energy credit program for customers

Western’s Desert Southwest Region is seeking comments on its proposed program to make Federal renewable energy credits, or RECs, available to its customers.

DSW released details about the proposed program in a letter delivered to customers and through a new DSW REC website.

States across Western’s service territory are implementing Renewable Portfolio Standard requirements for “green” energy products.  While many of Western’s customers are not yet affected, such requirements continue to evolve and expand to affect more entities.  Federal agencies are already affected by the Federal RPS.  Greenhouse gas requirements are also becoming hot topics in legislatures across the country.

What are RECs?
RECs represent the environmental benefits of renewable energy, sold separately from power generation. This request on behalf of Federal agencies will help meet the government’s renewable energy goals.

Learn more about the proposed program, provide comments and find valuable links at the DSW REC website.

Proposed 2021 Power Marketing Initiative

Western’s Upper Great Plains Region is seeking comments on the proposed 2021 Power Marketing Initiative. Western’s firm electric service contracts associated with the current marketing plan will expire Dec.31, 2011. This proposed 2021 PMI provides the basis for marketing the long-term firm hydroelectric resources of the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program—Eastern Division beyond 2020.

The 2021 PMI proposes to extend the current marketing plan, with amendments, to key marketing plan principles.
Entities interested in commenting on the proposed 2021 PMI must submit written comments to Western’s Upper Great Plains Regional Office. Western must receive written comments by 4 p.m., MDT, on May 4.

Western will hold public information forums (not to exceed 2 hours) and public comment forums (immediately following the information forums) on this proposed 2021 PMI.

The public information and public comment forum dates and times are:

• April 13 at 8:30 a.m., CDT, in Lincoln, Neb.
• April 14 at 8:30 a.m., CDT, in Sioux Falls, S.D.
• April 20 at 8:30 a.m., CDT, in Bismarck, N.D.

Western will prepare and publish the final 2021 PMI in the Federal Register after all public comments on the proposed 2021 PMI are considered.

Learn more about the rate process in the Federal Register notice (pdf).