Get a Congressional perspective of Western

As a Federal agency, Western is responsible for submitting a budget request to Congress (after its budget is reviewed and approved by the Department of Energy and the Office of Business Management).

Western Administrator Tim Meeks joined the administrators of Bonneville, Southeastern and Southwestern power administrations in testifying about the proposed fiscal year 2012 budget before the Subcommittee on Water and Power of the House Natural Resources Committee on March 15. In addition to submitting written testimony (61kb pdf), Meeks briefed the committee members on Western’s accomplishments and responded to questions from the committee. Watch a recording of the hearing.

While Congressional appropriations accounts for only about 10 percent of Western’s overall funding needs, it is an important piece to keeping the lights on throughout the West. These appropriations, coupled with customer funding, revolving funds and power sale receipts ensure Western can fund the operation, maintenance and on-going rehabilitation needed to ensure our Federal transmission system is reliably delivering power to customers throughout the West.

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).

Western sponsors future science and math leaders

What property of a sound wave is most commonly associated with loudness? How many significant figures are in the number 0.00750? What is the proper name of the star that is most commonly noted to have coordinates closest to the north celestial pole?

High school students across Western’s service area faced questions like these at Western Regional Science Bowl competitions February and March. Western hosted six preliminary, regional competitions for the Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl.  The winners include:

Winning teams from Western-sponsored regional competitions earned an all-expenses-paid trip to the national competition in Washington, DC, April 28 through May 2.

DOE launched its National Science Bowl competition in 1991 to encourage high school students to excel in science and math and to pursue careers in those fields. It now involves more than 4,500 students.

For more information about the national competition, visit DOE’s Science Bowl website.