For Immediate Release: April 14, 2015
Media Contact: Michael Ward - 916-654-4989


California Energy Commission Chair responds to PacifiCorp's plans
to explore joining the California ISO

SACRAMENTO - California Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller, Ph.D., issued the following response to the announcement of Portland-based PacifiCorp signing a memorandum of understanding to explore their full participation in the California Independent System Operator's (ISO) marketplace.

"The addition of PacifiCorp to the ISO would allow larger amounts of wind and solar power to be more seamlessly integrated into the ISO's transmission network, which will help achieve our clean energy vision, lower costs, and maintain grid reliability. This development could prove to be the key to managing the variability of renewable energy production and over generation by giving grid operators more options to balance power supply and demand throughout the day."

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