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


Four Colorado utilities to join the West’s real-time energy market

The ISO has signed an implementation agreement with Xcel Energy – Colorado paving the way for its participation in the Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) in 2022. With the addition of Xcel Energy - Colorado and its partners, Black Hills Colorado Electric, Colorado Springs Utilities, and Platte River Power Authority, the EIM will consist of 21 balancing areas and represent 82 percent of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council’s total load. View the news release.

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

Read the latest edition to learn about proactive steps the ISO is taking to reduce coronavirus risk; how ISO staff has continued its customer and stakeholder service while working remotely; new Western EIM benefits; and a summary of the ISO’s 2020 forecast of summer loads and resources.

California ISO extends in-person meeting restrictions

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the ISO extended restrictions for in-person meetings at its offices and at off-site venues until Sept. 14, or until further notice. The grid operator also published an updated analysis of load impacts of the pandemic. Read the full news release.

ISO Summer Assessment predicts adequate energy

The ISO’s annual forecast of summer electricity conditions anticipates having enough energy to meet demand. View the news release.

Monthly stats for April are now available

The ISO has posted its April 2020 Monthly Stats to the News page of its website. The document provides viewers with a snapshot of key statistics, including peaks, renewable energy use, installed renewable resources, curtailment totals, historical data and Western Energy Imbalance Market benefits.

Western EIM gross benefits exceed $900 million

The ISOs first-quarter 2020 report for the Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) shows the nine balancing authorities shared $57.9 million in gross benefits, bringing the cumulative benefits to $919.69 million. Additionally, the Western EIM has produced a total reduction in greenhouse gas emissions that is equal to removing more than 98,000 passenger cars off the roads. View the news release.