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February 2018  •   Issue 12
The ISO is a nonprofit public benefit corporation that manages the bulk electric market, and the flow of electricity over the high-voltage, long-distance power lines for California and a small part of Nevada.

ISO’s new webpage tracks emissions


The California ISO created a new webpage that monitors historical and real-time carbon emissions from resources to generate electricity for the grid’s footprint. The tool is stored as a tab on the recently redesigned Today’s Outlook page on

The page displays emissions with data from 2014 to present, allowing users to map annual trends, and to track progress of policies designed to reduce electric system emissions.

The CO2 page, which went live in January, also has links to reports on the amounts of emissions saved in the western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM); potential impacts of a fully-integrated western states electric market, and greenhouse gas reduction goals set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB.)

Click here to view the CO2 page on the ISO website.

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Western EIM’s benefits continue increasing


Economic and environmental benefits from the ISO’s western Energy Imbalance Market, a real-time wholesale energy trading market, are continuing to rise.

The fourth-quarter 2017 report on the western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) showed benefits of $33.46 million for its participants, bringing the total in benefits to $288.44 million since the real-time market’s start in 2014.

The market also helped reduce carbon emissions in the western region by 7,730 metric tons by using 18,060 megawatt-hours of renewable energy that otherwise would have been curtailed.

The EIM’s technology automatically finds and dispatches low cost energy for consumers in eight western states. The EIM currently has six participating entities, and will add another six by early 2020, including Idaho Power and Canada’s Powerex in April 2018.

Click here to learn more about the EIM, and to read the EIM Benefits Report for Q4 2017.

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ISO offers training on the electric grid and markets


In an effort to help market participants and the general public understand how the electric system works, the California ISO recently unveiled a redesigned and updated "Learning Center" webpage on its website.

The page offers a broad array of courses, including webinars, computer-based training modules, a schedule of in-person education events, and resources for a deeper dive into markets and grid management.

The refreshed page has updated content, and courses are organized into topics to allow users to select training geared to their needs and knowledge level. The page is ideal for stakeholders, market participants, legislative staff, media, and general interest users.

The Learning Center page exemplifies the ISO’s commitment to act as a technical and policy resource, and to raise awareness about the system and our role.

New course offerings and updated material will be added throughout 2018, creating a dynamic learning space for interested users.

Click here to visit the Learning Center.

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ISO launches monthly renewable report


The California ISO in December launched a valuable and groundbreaking resource for tracking renewable energy data. The new Monthly Renewables Performance Report, posted on the ISO’s public website, offers a wide menu of metrics related to renewable energy, including net demand, oversupply, curtailments, reliability and negative pricing, all consolidated into one document.

The document is easy to access, and the format is convenient to download.

The report is meant to enhance transparency, collect vital data from various locations throughout the website, and educate the public about the role of renewable energy in one of the largest renewable energy grids in the nation.

Click here to view the January 2018 Monthly Renewables Performance Report.

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Annual Symposium date set


The ISO will host its 10th annual Stakeholder Symposium on Oct. 17-18, 2018 in Sacramento. This conference brings together more than 1,000 energy professionals across the West to take part in a meaningful discussion on important issues shaping the energy sector. The event is the largest of its kind on the West coast and traditionally sells out. Registration will begin this summer.

For updates and additional information, including videos from past years' events, please visit the ISO’s 2018 Stakeholder Symposium page here.

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