For Immediate Release: June 15, 2016
Media Contact: Edward Ortiz - 916-654-4989


Workshops Scheduled to Consider Potential Governance Structure of a
Western Regional Grid Operator

Sacramento, Calif. - The California Energy Commission will host public workshops in Sacramento and Denver this month to consider a proposed governance structure for a western regional grid operator. Leaders from government, industry, and other stakeholders in the Western U.S. are exploring the possibility of PacifiCorp merging with the CAISO and becoming a regional grid operator.

CAISO manages the flow of electricity across the high-voltage, long-distance power lines that make up 80 percent of California’s and a small part of Nevada’s power grid. PacifiCorp serves electricity customers in Oregon, Washington, California, Utah, Wyoming and Idaho.The workshops will present proposals for governance of the proposed regional grid operator and will seek stakeholder feedback and public comment.

Who: The California Energy Commission and representatives from government, industry, and other stakeholders in the Western states.

What: Two public workshops to discuss the possibility of expanding the California Independent System Operator to establish a Western regional grid operator.


Thursday, June 16, 2016
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street
Art Rosenfeld Hearing Room
Sacramento, CA 95814

Monday, June 20, 2016
Westin Hotel, Denver International Airport
8300 Pena Blvd.
Denver, Colorado, 80249

More information and instructions for participating remotely can be found in the workshop notice.

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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.