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RNP Press Release
June 2, 2015

Renewable Northwest Applauds Northwest Utilities' Resolution to Modernize Grid and Urges Swift Action Forward to Capture Regional Benefits

The announcement made today by the Northwest Power Pool Market Coordination (NWPP MC) effort marks an important step toward modernizing the regional grid so that it can provide reliable and efficient electricity service—and accommodate the increasing demand for clean energy resources. Renewable Northwest has urged Northwest utilities to form a regional Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) for the past three years and also supports the progress made by other EIM efforts in the West. Read the announcement from Northwest Power Pool MC here.

RNW logoThe resolution adopted by the NWPP MC effort today lays out a detailed work plan for establishing a centrally cleared 15-minute market in the Northwest, and for capturing the wide-area footprint diversity benefits that will offset individual utility’s needs for holding expensive balancing reserves for managing load and variable renewable resource fluctuations.

Renewable energy development in the Northwest has been frustrated by inefficiencies in the regional market design that result in higher costs for integrating variable renewable resources like wind and solar into the grid. Establishing an EIM is important for continuing to attract clean energy businesses to the region.    

“Renewable Northwest welcomes this announcement from the NWPP MC effort. This resolution, with its focus on wide-area footprint diversity, is an important step toward modernizing the ability of the electric grid in the Northwest to deliver the clean, reliable and affordable electricity customers want,” said Rachel Shimshak, Executive Director of Renewable Northwest.

The primary advantage of the NWPP MC effort is that it offers an approach to modernizing the Northwest grid that works for all of the diverse utilities in the region and the primary high-voltage transmission operator, the Bonneville Power Administration. The next steps for the NWPP MC effort will be important in order to maintain critical mass in support of this effort. “Northwest ratepayers deserve the benefits that an EIM offers and we are anxious to see the utilities move into the implementation phase,” concluded Shimshak.

For more information on the benefits of a Northwest EIM and how it works, please see our video and website at http://www.renewablenw.org/eim.

> Download the NWPP MC press release here.

> Download the resolution adopted by the NWPP MC here.

For more information contact:

Renewable Northwest, 503-223-4544

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