May 18, 2024

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)

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Seams Concerns Won’t Drive Day-ahead Market Decision, BPA Says
BPA’s choice of a day-ahead market will not be driven by concerns about the impact of the seams that would divide the two markets proposed for the West, an agency official made clear.
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Western Officials Get Rundown on ‘Irritating, Inefficient’ Market Seams
Utility staff charged with managing real-time operations will be equipped to deal with the seams between two Western day-ahead markets, but the situation will be far from ideal, Western state energy officials heard at the CREPC-WIRAB spring conference.
26 Western Entities Signal Continued Support for Markets+
More than two dozen Western electricity sector entities sent a letter to SPP expressing support for the continued development of the RTO’s Markets+, which is competing for participants with CAISO’s Extended Day-Ahead Market. 
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BPA Staff Recommends Markets+ over EDAM
The Bonneville Power Administration released a much anticipated staff report that tentatively recommends the agency choose SPP’s Markets+ over CAISO’s Extended Day-Ahead Market.
Powerex Report Expands NW Cold Snap Debate

A new report from electricity marketer Powerex adds to the expanding debate around what transpired on the Western grid during a January cold snap that saw the Northwest forced to import large volumes of power.

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NW Freeze Response Shows WEIM Value, CAISO Report Says
The 80-page report represents the latest volley in an ongoing skirmish among Western electricity sector stakeholders over what exactly occurred on the regional grid during the Jan. 12-16 deep freeze.
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NW Cold Snap Dispute Reflects Divisions over Western Markets

A dispute around the January cold snap that forced Northwest utilities to sharply increase electricity imports to meet surging demand has become a proxy for the broader day-ahead market contest between CAISO and SPP.

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WestTEC Transmission Effort Selects Stakeholder Committee

Western Power Pool has announced the 24 members of a stakeholder group that will participate in the West-wide transmission planning effort.

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Northwest Public Power Group Endorses Markets+ over EDAM
The Public Power Council has asked the Bonneville Power Administration to choose SPP’s Markets+ when the agency issues its day-ahead market “leaning” in April.
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BPA Targets August for Draft Day-ahead Market Decision

The Bonneville Power Administration plans to issue a draft decision on its day-ahead market participation in August, followed by a final decision in November.

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