For Immediate Release: November 23, 2015
Media Contact: Albert Lundeen - 916-654-4989


California Energy Commission Chair Sees Growth for Renewable Energy with Expansion of Regional Energy Market

SACRAMENTO - California Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller issued the following statement today regarding the expansion of the Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) to include Portland General Electric (PGE). PGE has signed an implementation agreement to participate in the EIM with a goal of joining in 2017. The EIM is a real-time energy wholesale market that automatically dispatches the lowest cost electricity resources over a large geographic area of the western United States, including California.

"The addition of Portland General Electric to the Energy Imbalance Market will allow larger amounts of wind and solar power to be integrated into our region's energy network and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As more utilities join the Energy Imbalance Market, there are more customers for renewable energy and more options to balance power supply and demand throughout a broader region."

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The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. The agency was established by the California Legislature through the Warren-Alquist Act in 1974. It has seven core responsibilities: advancing state energy policy, encouraging energy efficiency, certifying thermal power plants, investing in energy innovation, developing renewable energy, transforming transportation and preparing for energy emergencies.