Webinar: Recent Developments in Western Energy Markets, the EIM, and the Integration of Wind Energy

This webinar provides information on the range of services and operations of the West’s only organized regional transmission market - the California Independent System Operator (CAISO).  This background will help participants understand the emerging EIM and its governance, as well as how the EIM supports wind integration.



The last year has seen major announcements from Western utilities to participate in market opportunities that will facilitate the integration of wind power and other renewables. Utilities and electric Balancing Authorities (BA) in the four corners states can now choose to join the Energy Imbalance Market (EIM), an energy market to buy and sell energy on a five-minute basis. Participating BAs will have access to energy to deal with system imbalances, and the EIM is anticipated to improve reliability and lower the cost of renewable energy integration.

Webinar Agenda

Topic and Speaker Introductions
Amanda Ormond, Arizona Representative, Four Corners Wind Resource Center

Functions of an Organized Market
Don Fuller, Director, Strategic Alliances, CAISO
Mr. Fuller provides an overview of services and operations of its organized market and contrasts it to how other balancing authorities operate in the Western Interconnection.  The presentation highlights the Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) service now being offered to the utilities and BAs outside the CAISO footprint. Mr. Fuller's presentation is available here.

The Emerging Western EIM
Rebecca Wagner, Commissioner, Public Utilities Commission of Nevada and Chair of the EIM Transitional Committee 
Ms. Wagner provides her perspective on expansion of the EIM and how governance is being structured to allow parties outside of California to have a formal role in the development of the market. Ms. Wagner's presentation is available here.

Wind Developer Perspective on EIM 
Kevin Lynch, Managing Director, External Affairs, Iberdrola Renewables
Mr. Lynch reviews how joining the market will change operations and aide in the integration of wind energy and other renewables at the lowest possible cost.

Q & A and wrap up

For questions or more information contact Meghan Dutton: meghan@utahcleanenergy.org.




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