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Here’s a guide to what’s trending at the ISO.


ISO welcomes BANC and WAPA to Western EIM

The Balancing Authority of Northern California (BANC) and the Western Area Power Administration - Sierra Nevada Region (WAPA SN) announce plans to join the real-time energy market in 2021. Read the news release for more details.

Electric industry leader appointed to Western EIM Governing Body

Anita Decker, former executive director of the Northwest Public Power Association, was appointed to serve on the Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) Governing Body. Read the news release.

August edition of ISO’s Energy Matters newsletter is now available

Check out this month’s issue to learn more about the ISO’s RC West launch, Western EIM Q2 2019 benefits, and Flex Alerts.

Western EIM benefits reach nearly $740 million

The ISO has released its Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) second quarter 2019 report showing the market generated $86 million in gross benefits. The real-time energy market has produced $736.26 million in total benefits since its launch in November 2014. View the news release.

ISO gains approval to improve grid integration of renewables

The ISO received approval to require equipment improvements for renewable energy generators on the grid, paving the way for increased integration of wind and solar power. Read the news release.

RC West launches operations

The ISO’s Reliability Coordinator services became the official RC of record for its first customers on July 1, 2019. View the news release.

RC West gains regulatory approval

The ISO’s Reliability Coordinator unit, called RC West, attained federal certification, allowing it to operate beginning July 1. View the news release here.

ISO announces Turlock Irrigation District’s intent to join Western EIM

The ISO is pleased to announce that Turlock Irrigation District (TID) signed an agreement to participate in the Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM). View the news release.

ISO projects adequate power supplies to meet summer need

In its annual forecast of summer electricity conditions, the ISO predicts adequate power for the summer largely because of above-normal hydroelectric supplies that will give the system more cushion than in 2018. See the report for more details.

Groundbreaking battery technology connects to California ISO power grid

California ISO is one of the nation’s first wholesale power markets to connect an innovative flow battery to its grid, creating opportunity for promising energy storage capability on large-scale electric systems. View the news release here.