Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) is seeking new applications from project developers interested in obtaining a loan to construct new or upgrade transmission lines and related facilities that promote the delivery of clean, renewable power. WAPA has $3.25 billion borrowing authority under the Transmission Infrastructure Program (TIP). The TIP was recently revised and details were outlined in an April 7 Federal Register notice.
TIP leverages WAPA’s depth of transmission project development experience and expertise, along with its statutory borrowing authority, to advance projects aimed at expanding and modernizing the electric grid to facilitate the delivery of reliable, affordable power from renewable energy sources. The TIP “is separate and distinct from Western’s power marketing functions, and each eligible project must stand on its own for repayment purposes,” WAPA said in the notice.
To be eligible, prospective projects must meet, at minimum, the following criteria:
- Deliver or facilitate the delivery of renewable energy resources
- Have at least one terminus (geographical point) in Western’s service territory
- Demonstrate a reasonable expectation of repayment
- Not adversely impact system reliability or operations
- Serve the public interest
WAPA Administrator Mark Gabriel
“The doors are wide open. It’s time to solve the energy infrastructure needs for our nation’s future,” said WAPA Administrator Mark Gabriel. “Industry investments made today, like those offered through TIP, will ensure stability and reliability in the future.”
Applicants can either submit a project proposal and initial payment for the application review process, or submit a project proposal and business plan with full payment. WAPA’s staff will review the proposals quarterly and respond to applicants within 30 days of reviewing submissions.
For more information or how to apply, click here.
On Wednesday, April 23, American Public Power Association‘s Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments (DEED) program will hold a webinar on a recently completed grant, “New Program Options to Engage High School Students on Energy Usage.” The webinar will begin at 1:00 pm CST.
The webinar will discuss an ElectriCities of North Carolina project that developed a hands-on, interactive experience enabling students to learn how weather affects electricity usage. The project, known as E-Tracker, was the creation of Phil Bisesi, residential energy services supervisor for ElectriCities. He worked with local schools to educate future customers on the correlation between weather, home appliance loads and their electric bill. ElectriCities also developed a promotional video to explain the E-Tracker project.
The webinar may be of interest to utilities interested in becoming involved with their local schools, or to those who want to educate future customers about energy usage. It is worth 0.1 continuing education units and 1.0 professional development-hour credits. It is free to DEED program members and costs $89 for APPA members. Non-members can attend for $179.
For more information or to register, visit www.APPAAcademy.org under Webinars or email MZaccagnino@publicpower.org.
Each year, the League of Minnesota Cities honors the special achievements of cities and city leaders. Entries are currently being accepted for the City of Excellence Awards, C.C. Ludwig Awards, and Leadership Awards.
The deadline to enter is April 30. Entry guidelines and brochures can be viewed and downloaded at www.lmc.org.
City of Excellence Awards
The City of Excellence Awards recognize cities for programs that have helped their cities progress. Awards are given in three different population categories and by one special topic, which is different each year. The 2014 Topical Category is “Engaging Citizens in the Budget Process.”
About C.C. Ludwig and Leadership Awards
The C.C. Ludwig Awards recognize elected officials who have made significant contributions to Minnesota city government. Similarly, the Leadership Awards honor appointed city officials who have gone above and beyond the call of duty for their community.
Read more about the awards in the current issue of the LMC’s Cities Bulletin.
The League of Minnesota Cities is a membership organization dedicated to promoting excellence in local government. The League serves its more than 800 member cities through advocacy, education, training, policy development, risk management and other services.