SOURCE: California Independent System Operator Corporation

California Independent System Operator Corporation

December 18, 2015 14:27 ET

California ISO Board Approves Next Steps for Western EIM

New Rules to Streamline Rooftop Solar Aggregation and 2016 Budget Also Adopted

FOLSOM, CA--(Marketwired - December 18, 2015) - The California Independent System Operator (ISO) Board of Governors today approved policies that further implement the western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) governance structure, enabling stakeholders to begin the process of selecting representatives for the EIM Governing Body nominating committee and liaisons to the regional issues forum.

The board also approved updated rules for distributed energy, including rooftop solar units, to participate in wholesale energy markets; modified the policy for publicly disclosing documents by strengthening its appeals process; and adopted the 2016 budget.

During its public meeting held in Folsom, the board unanimously approved two documents from the western Energy Imbalance Market Transitional Committee to establish an EIM charter and create a selection process for the EIM governing body. It also approved amendments to the ISO corporate bylaws establishing the authority of the EIM governing body.

The board agreed to revisions to the distributed energy resource provider framework initially approved in July 2015. The changes will increase the flexibility for distribution-connected resources to participate in the ISO wholesale markets.

The ISO's 2016 budget of $195.3 million was adopted, reflecting a reduction of more than $3 million over the current year. It is also $7 million under the $202 million cap set by federal regulators.

For more information about the EIM, click here. To see related documents related to this month's board meeting, click here.

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