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July 12, 2024

Committee on Regional Electric Power Cooperation (CREPC)

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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.
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Pathways Initiative to Act Fast on ‘Stepwise’ Governance Plan
Backers of the West-Wide Governance Pathways Initiative say they want to move quickly on first part of their proposed plan to shift CAISO’s governance to an independent entity.
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Participants ‘Unwaveringly Committed’ to WRAP, WPP CEO Says
Western Resource Adequacy Program participants still strongly support the program despite recently appealing to delay its “binding” penalty phase by one year due to concerns about capacity shortages, WPP's Sarah Edmonds said.
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Western Transmission Initiatives Differ on Dealing with Cost Allocation

The backers of two separate initiatives to spur development of new transmission in the West are taking different approaches on when to deal with the issue of who should pay for projects.

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In West, Proposals for Tx Planning Proliferate Faster than New Lines

State-led CREPC should spearhead an effort to boost development of new transmission in the West, according to the findings of an initiative that included former FERC Chair Richard Glick.

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CREPC-WIRAB Conference Tackles Western Market Developments
Many at the joint conference focused on the eventual result of the contest between CAISO's Extended Day-Ahead Market and SPP's Markets+ to organize the West's electricity market.
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Transmission Spending Should be ‘Like Going to Costco’
Developing transmission in the West should involve a long-term, comprehensive plan instead of a localized piecemeal approach, speakers agreed at a Western States Transmission Initiative webinar.
WECC
Proposed New Western RTO Discussed at CREPC
Utility regulators from Oregon and California discussed their proposal for a new independent RTO covering the entire West for the first time publicly.
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Calif. Agency Seeks to Transform Wildfire Safety Culture
A relatively new state agency works to transform utility wildfire safety culture by shifting away from penalties and enforcement to a learning-based approach.
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FERC Commissioners Discuss Western Markets ‘Dating Process’
FERC commissioners weighed the pros and cons of Western regionalization, which one commissioner likened to dating, at the CREPC-WIRAB spring meeting in Nevada.

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