Wider West Committee (2WC)
WPTF's Wider West Committee (2WC) follows technical, policy, and market developments in the “wider West," generally outside of California. The 2WC is active in advocating for broader western energy markets, including the expansion of the Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) and other regional market opportunities. The 2WC also follows important developments and Peak Reliability and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), and participates in certain western utility filings at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, among other venues.
The 2WC has been active in various western energy market developments from the EIM, to Mountain West Transmission Group, and Peak Reliability/PJM’s market proposal. The 2WC's role in the EIM began in 2008, when it was conceptualized at WECC and continues with advocacy at each EIM Entity and through close coordination with the CAISO Committee as EIM looks to expand to the day-ahead timeframe. During the initial implementation of the EIM, WPTF was actively involved in the development of the first EIM Entity’s (PacifiCorp's) rules and regulations. The 2WC coordinated with WPTF's CAISO Committee to successfully advocate for policies that promote greater EIM participation and equitable treatment for independent generators within the EIM footprint and continues to engage on these issues today.
In the WECC and Peak Reliability venues, the 2WC focuses on ensuring that the development of WECC Regional Reliability Standards, other WECC policies, and Peak practices is done in a manner that both supports grid reliability, while also providing fair treatment to Generator Owners, Generator Operators and Purchasing Selling Entities. Through the 2WC, WPTF has been influential in supporting the Coordinated Operation of Phase Shifters (COPS) Program, a program administered by WECC which provides both reliability and economic benefits by reducing curtailments in the Western Interconnection.
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.
Caitlin Liotiris | Energy Strategies
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