WPTFs Wider West Committee (2WC) covers policy, market, reliability, and technical electricity market issues in the “wider West" outside of California. The 2WC is active in advocating for broader Western energy markets, including the expansion of the Energy Imbalance Market (EIM), extension of the day-ahead market to EIM Entities, and other regional market opportunities. The 2WC also follows important developments as they arise in a multitude of venues including the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), western utility filings at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, utility stakeholder processes, and key industry meetings.
The 2WC has been active and successful in various Western energy market developments. For instance, the 2WC was critical in persuading the first EIM Entity (PacifiCorp) to implement EIM policies that offered fairer access to the new market and more equitable treatment to all potential participants. The 2WC’s advocacy resulted in transmission policies that allow independent power producers to offer into the EIM without the unduly burdensome requirements to purchase transmission service proposed by the EIM Entity. Today, the 2WC continues to actively participate in EIM issues and engages in the potential expansion of the CAISO’s Day-Ahead Market to EIM Entities. The 2WC is particularly focused on how that potential new market will interact with the Open Access Transmission Tariffs, and contract path transmission service, which will likely remain in existence even if the Wider West participates in the extended Day-Ahead Market offered by CAISO.
Other market development activities are also covered by the committee, including Mountain West Transmission Group (and any potential future iterations of this group) and Peak Reliability/PJM’s market proposal. Recently, the committee has focused on the Reliability Coordinator transition and the expanding role of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) in the West. Through the 2WC, WPTF has been influential in supporting the Coordinated Operation of Phase Shifters (COPS) Program, a program now administered by SPP which provides both reliability and economic benefits by reducing curtailments in the Western Interconnection.
The 2WC has also been active in interconnection process modifications for large utilities in the West and will engage on future interconnection changes as more utilities seek to address queue delays and streamline interconnection processes. In the WECC venue, the 2WC focuses on ensuring that the development of WECC Regional Reliability Standards and other WECC policies is done in a manner that supports grid reliability while also providing fair treatment to Generator Owners, Generator Operators and Purchasing Selling Entities.
Caitlin Liotiris coordinates WPTF’s Wider West Committee (2WC), which engages on market, policy, reliability and technical developments in the “wider West,” generally outside of California. Caitlin has over a decade of experience in energy issues in the West and has spent most of those years actively engaged on market development efforts across the Western Interconnection footprint, including a major role in developing the policies for implementing the EIM. She is skilled in understanding and distilling the interaction of energy policy and energy market dynamics. In addition to her work with WPTF, Caitlin has worked on various energy policy and market related issues throughout the county. Caitlin is currently a member of Peak Reliability’s Member Advisory Committee (MAC) and has also co-authored various reports exploring the benefits of proposed transmission facilities in the West.