AEI was formed in 1977 at West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas. AEI's is a world famous wind energy development center. Long term cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ARS Laboratory, Bushland, Texas, has resulted in research programs for the direct application of renewables to rural and remote uses.
NREL is an internationally recognized renewable energy technology development laboratory, with an emphasis on science and engineering to underpin cost-shared, industry-based component and manufacturing process development. NREL is a U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory.
As one of the only 100% renewable power grids at one time, WAPA has been at the forefront of planning how the renewables of today can be used in the Wester Electric grid.
On March 4, Western announced in the Federal Register the availability of a Request for Interest seeking interest in potential projects that can be funded using the Recovery Act authority to borrow up to $3.25 billion from the U.S. Treasury. These projects will provide Federal funding in partnerships to develop transmission infrastructure that delivers renewable energy to market across the West. To be assured consideration, all Statements of Interest should be submitted in a non-confidential manner and received by Western on April 3, 2009.
Western also published a Federal Register notice initiating a public process to develop policies and practices to guide the new Transmission Infrastructure Program as it implements the new authority.