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May 21, 2024

Portland General Electric (PGE)

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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.
PacifiCorp
PacifiCorp Fully Commits to CAISO’s EDAM

PacifiCorp said it will sign an implementation agreement to join CAISO’s EDAM, making it the first entity to formally commit to either of the two day-ahead markets being offered in the West.

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CAISO’s EDAM Scores Key Wins in Contested Northwest
CAISO scored simultaneous victories in heavily contested territory after Portland General Electric and Idaho Power both signaled their intent to join the Extended Day-Ahead Market.
West-Wide Governance Pathways Initiative
Pathways Initiative Discloses Funders, Reiterates Goals
The West-Wide Governance Pathways Initiative has secured commitments of financial support from 24 utilities and other electricity-sector organizations and expects that list to grow.
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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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Oregon RA Rules Could Favor WRAP Participation

Oregon regulators are moving closer to adopting resource adequacy rules that would incentivize load-serving entities to join the Western Power Pool’s WRAP.

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Searching for Paradigm Shifts in Distribution Planning and Financing
As utilities and regulators face unprecedented growth in power demand, figuring out how to plan and finance distribution systems has become a fast-moving target, according to speakers at the GridWise Alliance gridCONNEXT conference.
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Plan Seeks to Boost Prospects for New Transmission in the West

The Western Power Pool floated a plan to revamp transmission planning in the West to spur development of the kind of large-scale transmission projects FERC’s Order 1000 has failed to produce.

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Stakeholders: Pathway Initiative Offers ‘Fresh Look’ at Western Market
Western stakeholders expressed enthusiasm for the West-Wide Governance Pathway Initiative but called for more transparency in developing a regional market.
NREL
DOE Awards $26M to Clean Energy Technology Projects
The Department of Energy says it will fund eight projects to demonstrate how solar, wind, storage and other clean energy resources can support the grid.

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