Upcoming rates meetings and updates for Desert Southwest area

Operating and maintaining an extensive, integrated and complex high-voltage power transmission system and delivering electric power to Western’s customers and the market through that system takes a lot of “behind-the-scenes” work. To continue meeting the mission of marketing and delivering cost-based Federal hydropower and related services, while meeting our obligation to repay U.S. Treasury, Western analyzes and updates power rates through public processes. Some of which are coming up in Western’s Desert Southwest region.

Boulder Canyon project—informal meeting scheduled

Customers and other interested parties can learn more about the annual Boulder Canyon Project adjustment of the Base Charge and rates at this informal meeting, March 10, at Western’s Desert Southwest Regional Office in Phoenix.

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

Ancillary, transmission services rates meeting

On March 10, Western will also host a public information forum for Desert Southwest Region customers and interested parties at the Phoenix office. The purpose of the forum is to provide information on proposed rate methodologies and new rates for Western Area Lower Colorado ancillary services and Network Integration Transmission Service on the Parker-Davis and Intertie projects. The proposed new rates will go into effect Oct. 1, 2011.

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

Renewable Transmission Webinar

Western is co-sponsoring the Sonoran-Mojave Renewable Transmission Project Preliminary Feasibility Study webinar. The one-hour webinar co-sponsored with the Solar Electric Power Association is Feb. 24, 2011 at 11 a.m., PST. The webinar will first focus on the activities of Western’s Transmission Infrastructure Program.  Attendees will also learn about other transmission project news and about the collaborative process that produced the SMRT study. The intended audience includes distribution and transmission engineers, system planners, grid operators, supply and procurement staff, renewable program managers and strategic planners.

Federal agencies offered easy tool to go “greener”

Federal agencies interested in meeting their renewable energy and/or greenhouse gas goals and mandates, improving the environment and supporting national energy security are invited to join the 2011 renewable energy certificate solicitation being issued by the U.S. Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration and Federal Energy Management Program.

Participating in this solicitation is easy: download and complete the Statement of Intent for Federal Agencies to Purchase Renewable Resources available on the Renewable Resources for Federal Agencies website. Fax or e-mail the completed form to Mike Radecki at 406-255-2900 no later than May 15. Western will competitively procure the desired RECs with FEMP covering the administrative cost of the solicitation, a savings that will accrue to the participants. To learn more about this service offered by Western and FEMP, visit the Renewable Resources for Federal Agencies website.

Join us at 10 a.m. MST on March 8, for a 45-minute webinar covering the key requirements and steps associated with this REC purchase. To register for this event, send an e-mail to Debbie Rock or call her at 720-962-7271.
To learn more about this service offered by Western and FEMP, visit the Renewable Resources for Federal Agencies website.

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.