Geothermal and Wind Renewables Activities

Quarterly News Brief

January 2009

As 2008 drew to a close, the outreach activities of APPA-NRECA team in the last few months resulted in making several events and resources available to its member utilities through 2009. These include webinars, workshops, awards and funding opportunities in both wind and geothermal renewables.

If you have specific areas in wind and other renewables you would like to learn more about or have feedback on our activities, please email us.

  • GRC Announces 2009 Geothermal Series of Webinars & Workshops

    The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has announced its 2009 Geothermal Education Series of Webinars and Workshops. The series starts with the first webinar addressing the most key aspect of implementing a renewable energy project – financing. Scheduled for January 27, the webinar will cover a range of business plan options, including leveraging renewable energy credits, and conclude with case studies. Future topics include Geothermal Heat Pumps, Geothermal Power Production, Utility Geothermal Development Strategies, and Enhanced Geothermal Systems (see schedule).

    The series is hosted by the GRC and sponsored by APPA, NRECA, Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Program and Western Area Power Administration. Co-sponsors include Southern Methodist University and the University of Nevada, Reno. For registration and information on other GRC events, visit For questions, contact Guy Nelson, the GRC’s Utility Geothermal Working Group Team lead.

  • UWIG to Provide a Suite of Online Tools for Analyzing Distributed Wind Projects

    The Utility Wind Integration Group (UWIG) is providing a suite of tools on its website that can help utility engineers in analyzing distributed wind applications objectively. The tools were developed as a result of UWIG’s long-term work on a landmark project to study the impact of small-scale wind generation on utility distribution networks. In the works since 2003, the project has yielded several deliverables including Web-based software tools, application guides, case studies and site measurements related to utility-scale wind turbines connected to distribution primary feeders. To take the most advantage of these tools, UWIG has embarked on creating a tool suite that can be used online with no formal training at all.

    The tools are available to employees of UWIG members, as well as utilities that are members of APPA’s DEED program and NRECA’s Cooperative Research Network. To learn more about the project or to gain access to the tools, contact Sandy Smith.

  • DEED Develops a New Energy Efficiency Tool for Its Industrial Customers

    APPA's DEED program is nearing completion of its brand new resource for guiding industrial customers on improving their energy efficiency. The tool will provide both small and large industrial facilities with practical, low-cost energy-saving measures that will cut electricity bills and improve the facilities’ bottom line. The utilities in turn will benefit from reduced peak demand, improved supply reliability and avoidance of having to add capacity. Please contact Rob Naranjo for status or more information.

  • Wind & Renewable Energy Webinar Series for 2008-09 Covers a Wide Range of Interests

    The Wind and Renewable Webinar Series announced for 2008-09 covers a range of critical technical issues such as transmission, distributed generation and turbine maintenance, as well as addresses the legal and socio-economic aspects of wind implementation such as growth of green jobs, siting and public perception.

    The series has multiple sponsors, including NRECA, APPA, WAPA and DOE’s Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program. Space will be limited at some events, so reserve your place early. To register, contact Ryan Harry (BCS, Incorporated).

  • Wind Interconnection Workshop Grows to Become a Regular Annual Event!
    2009 Workshop scheduled for January 21-23 in Golden, CO

    The success of past Wind Interconnection Workshops and the excellent positive response from its participants has helped this event to now become a regular annual feature. Held for the first year in 2006, the Interconnection Workshop has provided electric cooperatives and public power utilities with an excellent overview of the issues and opportunities for integrating wind in their power supply. The Workshop is typically run as a two-day event in January with an optional site tour on the third day. The event is conducted under the partnership of NRECA, APPA, UWIG, WAPA, DOE’s Wind Powering America and National Wind Coordinating Collaborative.

    The 2009 Wind Interconnection Workshop is being held January 21-22 in Golden, Colorado. Visit to learn more about this event and maybe mark your calendars for 2010 …

  • GRC Calls for Abstracts for 2009 Geothermal Energy Conference in Reno, NV

    The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) is inviting abstracts for its 2009 Annual Meeting on October 4-7, 2009, at the Peppermill Resort and Casino in Reno, NV. The selection committee's goal is to create an educational and informative program that addresses topical and timely industry issues. Abstracts must be received electronically by March 3 to be considered for selection.

    For more details on abstract submission, visit For more information, contact Guy Nelson or Sabodh Garg.

  • DOE Announces Funding Opportunity of up to $6 Million for Addressing 20% Wind Energy by 2030

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a funding opportunity of up to $6 million over two years (fiscal year 2009-10) to address technical and market barriers in wind development as outlined in its 20% Wind Energy by 2030 report. Eligible topics areas are: (1) turbine research, development and testing; (2) distributed wind technologies; (3) market acceptance efforts; (4) environmental research and sitting strategies; (5) transmission analysis, planning and assessments; and (6) workforce development. Full Story

Nominations for 2009 Wind Power Pioneer Award Opens February 2
Nominations are now being accepted for 2009 Wind Power Pioneer of the Year Award. The award will honor one public power utility for its leadership in wind power. All public power utilities that are members of the APPA are eligible to apply. Public power utilities can nominate themselves and there is no cost to enter. The award is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program in partnership with APPA.

Since the award’s inception, winners have included Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Waverley Light and Power, Fort Collins Utilities, Austin Energy, Town of Hull and Aspen Municipal Electric last year. The 2009 winner will be recognized at the APPA National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 13 - 17, 2009. Forms are available at Due date for nominations: April 23, 2009. For more information, please contact Randy Manion (WAPA).
Travel Scholarships Available to POUs to Attend UWIG Spring Workshop
The Public Renewables Partnership effort led by Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), on behalf of DOE’s Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program, is offering 10 travel scholarships of $500 each to electric cooperatives and munis to attend the UWIG Spring Workshop April 1-3, 2009, in Philadelphia, PA.

To qualify for the scholarship, your employer must be a member of NRECA or APPA and you must have never previously attended a UWIG meeting. Please note, one scholarship per utility. To secure your scholarship, please contact Randy Manion (WAPA).

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Utility News in Spotlight

(Source: Public Renewables Partnership)
  • Cooperatives from different regions to take part in large-scale wind project in Iowa

  • A Gainesville (FL) utility's plan pays customers for energy

  • $18 billion tax break for renewables and energy efficiency boosts utility-scale wind applications

  • U.S. Interior Department opens 190 million acres for geothermal projects

Read more ...

Mark Your Calendars

Utility Focus Events

Date Event Details

January 27, 2009
11 am - 12:30 pm MST

Webinar: Renewable Energy Project Financing & Renewable Energy Credit

February 9, 2009
10 am - 12:00 pm MST

Webinar: Wind Energy Production Forecasting

February 11-16, 2009

TechAdvantage 2009 Conference and Exposition
New Orleans, LA

TechAdvantage addresses critical electric utility industry issues and solutions, providing information on a complete range of new and emerging technologies and applications that help co-ops control costs and enhance energy efficiency. It is the ONLY national event designed specifically for electric co-op management and professionals in engineering, operations, IT, purchasing and supply management.

Feb 18 - 19, 2009

UWIG Wind Forecasting Workshop
Phoenix, AZ

This workshop is intended for utility and wind industry personnel associated with producing and using wind plant output forecasts for power system operation.

March 11, 2009
10 am – 12:00 pm MDT

Webinar: 20% Wind Energy by 2030 - Challenges and Opportunities

March 17 – 18, 2009

AWEA Wind & Transmission Workshop
Overland Park, KS

This workshop will bring together the leading experts on transmission issues to discuss the latest developments in the field and share ways to solve the most pressing problems that are getting in the way of wind projects. Target audiences include wind developers, customers, transmission operators and planners, regulators and consultants.

March 22-25, 2009

Engineering & Operations Technical Conference
Austin, TX

This event is designed to meet the unique needs of public power professionals working in the areas of transmission and distribution, environmental policy, generation, safety, SCADA, metering, security and system planning. Details

May 4 – 7, 2009

WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition
Chicago, IL

As the largest annual wind conference and exhibition in the world, this event is ideal for networking and to learn about the latest industry developments and technologies.

October 3-7, 2009

GRC Annual Meeting and Expo
Reno, NV

This year's theme is Making Renewable Energy Hot!

Get Your Customers Involved in Decision Process!
Learn how with DEED’s Public Participation for Consumer-Owned Utilities: An Implementation Guide. To purchase a copy, visit APPA product store

Looking for Green Power Financial Opportunities?
Visit EERE’s Green Power Network at

Exploring Wind Power Options for Your Utility?
Find helpful resources and credible support from:
Utility Wind Integration Group
National Wind Coordinating Committee

For information/questions, contact Michele Suddleson (APPA) or Mike Pehosh (NRECA).
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