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July 15, 2024

Western RTO

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Busy Summer Ahead for Pathways Initiative
Participants in the West-Wide Governance Pathways Initiative face a busy meeting schedule this summer as the group’s leaders look to advance on parallel fronts to develop a Western “regional organization.”
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SPP Board of Directors/MC Briefs: May 7, 2024
SPP CEO Barbara Sugg warned the RTO’s board and stakeholders that the grid operator faces new and stronger headwinds, even as it met its corporate goals’ first-quarter milestones.
West-Wide Governance Pathways Initiative
Pathways Initiative Rejected for $800K in DOE Funding
The West-Wide Governance Pathways Initiative applied for the money in January in response to a DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement, seeking two tranches of $400,000 each to be disbursed over two years to help support the effort build an independent Western RTO.
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SPP Markets+ Participants Executive Committee Briefs: Jan. 23-24, 2024
Stakeholders have discussed the likelihood that there may be two day-ahead markets in the West, CAISO’s Extended Day-ahead Market and SPP’s Markets+ and/or RTO West.
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SPP’s MPEC Approves Markets+ Governance Plan
SPP met a major milestone in its Western efforts as a Markets+ committee approved the day-ahead market’s proposed governing document.
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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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Idaho PUC Declines to Join Western RTO Governance Effort

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission last week said it will not join with other state regulators in an initiative to lay the groundwork for an independent RTO designed to serve the entire Western Interconnection.

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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.
California State Assembly
CAISO Regionalization Bill Put on Hold
California Assemblymember Chris Holden said he will hold a bill that could eventually turn CAISO into an RTO while he tries to overcome opposition.
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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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