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Leadership

Women in Leadership speaker series is a hit

By Chantele Napper-Miro, Senior Manager, Corporate Training & Organizational Development

 

When we began to think about scheduling the first monthly California ISO “Women in Leadership” speaker series” for our employees in June, I honestly did not know what to expect.

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Recent

 September 21, 2021
Operations, Markets

Making it easier to track capacity

In a long-awaited breakthrough for our customers and stakeholders, the California ISO is now publicly posting a set of new graphs ...

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 September 15, 2021
Leadership

Joanne Serina moves into new VP position for Stakeholder Engagement and Customer ...

Joanne Serina, who has served as the California Independent System Operator’s executive director of Customer Service and ...

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 September 14, 2021
Operations, Summer conditions

Storage: An intersection between reliability today and climate goals of tomorrow

Summer months are particularly challenging for electrical grid operators in the West. Climate change ...

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 September 10, 2021
Operations, Summer conditions

The reasons for Flex Alerts

When the California ISO notifies the public that it plans to call a Flex Alert, it is signaling an operational call for assistance because ...

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 September 3, 2021
Inside the California ISO

ISO Interns: Future energy leaders get real-life experience

Whether it was writing legal briefs, seeing renewable energy integration in action, or helping develop emergency procedures, ...

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 August 27, 2021
Leadership

Grid update at Capitol includes sharp focus on transmission

California ISO President and CEO Elliot Mainzer testified on Wednesday Aug. 25, 2021 at the Oversight hearing of the ...

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 August 25, 2021
Western EIM

"An important milestone” – enhanced shared governance approved by ISO and Western EIM

An enhanced governance framework was approved on Friday, August 20 by the California ISO Board of Governors and the ...

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 August 23, 2021
Leadership, Operations

Vision and tradition at new storage site

One of the more exciting recent energy related developments in California has been the addition of so much battery storage capacity being dispatched onto the state’s electrical grid. Last ...

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 August 20, 2021
Western EIM

Improving the resource sufficiency evaluation

Conditions on the electrical grid are dynamic, a situation that creates additional challenges and opportunities for the ISO and its ...

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 August 9, 2021
Markets, Reports, Summer conditions

First summer report on market performance released

The California Independent System Operator (ISO) has released the first of four monthly reports assessing how its markets perform ...

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 August 3, 2021
Leadership, Summer conditions

Changing conditions require extraordinary action

ISO President and CEO Elliot Mainzer participated in a media availability on Friday, July 30 to discuss Governor Newsom’s ...

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 August 2, 2021
Western EIM

EIM quarterly results set new record; 15 balancing areas share over $132 million in benefits

The Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) has released its second quarter benefits report for 2021 on Monday, August 2, ...

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 July 22, 2021
Transmission, Leadership

Stakeholder call on 20-Year Transmission Outlook set for Tuesday, July 27

When the ISO kicked off its new 20-Year Transmission Outlook planning process in May it signaled a growing recognition ...

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 July 13, 2021
Transmission

Collaboration highlighted at stakeholder workshop on accessing the CAISO grid

Elliot Mainzer, president and chief executive officer of the California Independent System Operator, and Marybel Batjer, president of the California Public Utilities ...

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 July 7, 2021
Summer conditions

Event with SDG&E stresses conservation and storage for grid reliability

Conservation and energy storage were the focus in San Diego this week when the ISO’s Elliot Mainzer and Caroline Winn, San Diego Gas and Electric’s chief executive officer ...

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 July 1, 2021
Summer conditions

The CPUC and CEC request the ISO procure additional energy; early extreme heat events ...

Due to the extraordinary early heat events in California and across the West and several other factors, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy ...

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 June 25, 2021
Operations, Regulatory

ISO statement on important FERC decision

Today (Friday, June 25) the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the ISO’s modification to its load, exports, and wheeling-through priorities.

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 June 2021
Leadership

Opinion: California electricity conservation needed this summer

Commentary by ISO President and CEO Elliot Mainzer, published Sunday June 27, 2021 in the East Bay Times.

As California transitions to much greater use of renewable energy resources like solar and wind power, and new battery technology to store that power, the state’s electricity grid remains vulnerable to widespread heatwaves like the one that hit much of the Western United States last summer.

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 June 2021
Leadership

Early heat shows we need to be prepared for anything; big thanks to consumers and other ISO...

By Elliot Mainzer, President and Chief Executive Officer

 

Triple-digit heat across California and much of the West last week underscored the new volatility and uncertainty we are facing when it...

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 June 2021
Western EIM

Montana added to list of states served by EIM

The ISO’s Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) and NorthWestern Energy, which serves customers in ...

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 June 2021
Summer conditions

Flex Alerts called for Thursday and Friday, June 17 and 18

The first Flex Alert of the year on Thursday, June 17 was extended into Friday as ISO grid ...

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 June 2021
Leadership

Welcome to New ISO Blog

With summer almost here, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our new blog, Energy Matters, which debuts in this space today ...

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 June 2021
Summer conditions

Sen. Alex Padilla Visits ISO, Briefed on Summer Readiness

U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla came back to California June 1 to draw attention to infrastructure negotiations in Washington ...

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 ​June 2021
Summer conditions

Californians Do Conserve When Asked – Flex Alerts Are Vital

Flex Alerts work. They have been shown to help California conserve energy when the Independent System Operator anticipates ...

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June 2021
Summer conditions

Improved Grid Conditions for Summer, But Extended Heat Wave Could still Pose Risk

California’s electric grid is in better shape for summer than it was last August, when record-setting heat throughout the West ...

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