Cal-ISO board OKs EIM negotiations with PacifiCorp

The California Independent System Operator (Cal-ISO) Board of Governors on March 20 authorized the ISO to move forward with negotiating a formal agreement with PacifiCorp for a joint real-time energy imbalance market (EIM).

The ISO and PacifiCorp announced the potential EIM partnership last month and explained it will optimize available energy supplies by providing frequent and automatic dispatching that takes into account resources across the entire EIM region. Without an EIM, only generation assets within each balancing authority can be used to cover short- term gaps in generation resources. The EIM could become operational in October 2014.

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