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To help our readers stay on top of energy developments, here’s a dynamic, up-to-the-minute guide to what’s trending at the ISO.

 

Regional Collaboration

Learn more about the Western Energy Imbalance Market and the potential benefits of a fully integrated regional grid.

Read about it here


Using Renewables to Operate a Low-Carbon Grid

Test results show renewables can offer reliability, creating a path to a greener grid. The testing, conducted in August 2016, demonstrated that renewable energy plants with smart inverter-based technology can offer electric reliability services similar, or in some cases superior to, conventional resources. This capability allows for improved grid reliability while putting more renewables on the system.

Access the report and supporting documents here 


Greenhouse Gas Emissions Tracking

The ISO developed a new report to track greenhouse gas emissions from resources in the ISO balancing area, imports serving ISO load - including dynamic imports - and transfers from western Energy Imbalance Market entities serving ISO load. 

Access the report and supporting documents here 



Aliso Canyon Action Plan for Local Energy Reliability for Winter 2016-2017

The California Energy Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, California Independent System Operator, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power have jointly published an action plan to manage the power grid during the upcoming winter months to minimize the impacts from the use limitations imposed on the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility. The plan calls for extending most of the mitigation steps developed in the summer action plan.

Access the Aliso Canyon winter risk assessment technical report  

Read the Aliso Canyon gas and electric reliability winter action plan  


2015-2016 Transmission Plan

In an effort to improve grid reliability, the California Independent System Operator (ISO) Board of Governors approved the 2015-2016 Transmission Plan, which calls for the construction of 13 projects at a total estimated cost of $288 million.

View the 2015-2016 transmission plan