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October 2018  •   Issue 16
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.

Redesigned ISO Today mobile app launched


The ISO released a redesign of its popular ISO Today mobile app, with new and updated features that mirror many of the upgrades on the Today’s Outlook page of the ISO website.

The updated app brings users an improved interface and enhanced visual design. The app’s added features, such as the ability to see grid status; available capacity measured against the current demand and the forecasted peak; and a breakdown of supply and renewables serving the ISO, gives its users valuable insight into energy news and data.

Another new feature of the app allows users to track emissions based on resources serving demand, in addition to CO2 trends by day and resource type. The energy price map has also been improved to allow for filtering Location Marginal Prices using the sliders on the price legend.

ISO Today users will continue to be able to add ISO meetings and events to calendars, and may choose to receive grid system notifications, including warnings, grid emergencies or Flex Alerts.

The ISO Today mobile app is available to download on the App Store and Google Play.

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Western EIM Q3 reports over half billion dollars in benefits


The Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM), California ISO’s regional real-time electricity market, hit a record in the 2018 third quarter with $100.58 million in benefits, pushing its total gross benefits since its launch in November 2014 to $502.31 million.

The previous record for single-quarter savings was set in the second quarter of 2018, with reported benefits totaling more than $71 million.

The ISO realized the highest amount of benefits among the EIM’s eight participating members with $21.02 million, followed by Arizona Public Service with $20.78 million and PacifiCorp with $17.82 million. The high savings reported in Q3 2018 is due to the rise in economical transfers during high load periods, and higher power prices that followed increased fuel prices in the months of July and August. However, benefits dropped to more typical levels during the month of September.

The EIM’s advanced technology finds and delivers low-cost energy to serve consumers in eight western states. In addition to leveraging the diverse resources from a larger pool, the effective use of carbon-free generation provides added environmental benefits.

This quarter’s avoided curtailments helped reduce carbon emissions in the region by 8,146 metric tons. Since 2015, the EIM has found and delivered 734,437 megawatt-hours of renewable energy that otherwise would have been curtailed without the real-time, multi-state market. This effective use of carbon free generation from the market has amounted to reducing a gross of 314,258 metric tons of CO2 from 2015 to date.

Although the gross benefits realized to date have been in line with what was expected at the launch of the market in 2014, it is expected that total benefits will see a greater increase over the next several years as more entities join the EIM. The Balancing Authority of Northern California/Sacramento Municipal Utility District enters the market in April 2019, followed by Seattle City Light, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Phoenix-based Salt River Project in April 2020.

Read the full Q3 2018 report.

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ISO’s 10th annual Stakeholder Symposium


One of the largest gatherings of energy industry professionals in the West, the ISO’s 10th annual Stakeholder Symposium, brought together nearly 1,000 executives and industry leaders from throughout the world to discuss the important trends and technological advances shaping the clean energy grid of the future.

This year’s symposium featured six speaker sessions, a GridTech Expo for transportation exhibitors and technology vendors, networking opportunities, and the symposium’s first-ever sponsorships.

The speakers and moderators explored various scenarios shaping the future of California’s electric grid, the electrification of the transportation sector, energy storage, and the economic impacts of the rapidly evolving energy landscape.

Presentations and videos from the event are available on the ISO website.

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ISO introduces new communication tools


The ISO launched two new tools in an effort to streamline and expand its communications to stakeholders: the Daily Briefing webpage and a dedicated Twitter channel. The added information channels complement the ISO’s existing Daily Briefing, a once-a-day email summarizing the day's Market Notice and document postings, website updates, recent regulatory activity, and upcoming events.

The Daily Briefing webpage replaces the previous “Market Notices” webpage. The page allows users to view the previous 18 months of market notices, search by subject, and filter by categories. Additionally, the ISO developed a market notice archive that houses market notices dating back to 2011 which can be filtered by keywords, category, and date.

The ISO’s new dedicated Twitter account, with the handle "@ISOMarketNotice," is an added platform that allows users to monitor ISO activities and announcements, and track postings of market notices in real time. Similarly, stakeholders can track individual market notices as they are made publicly available via the Daily Briefing webpage and the recently refreshed ISO Today mobile app.

Subscribe online for the ISO’s Daily Briefing.

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This edition written by Isabella Nicosia