Cal-ISO Chief to speak at CMTA Energy Conference

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, June 9, 2005 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Yakout Mansour, President and CEO of the California Independent System Operator (Cal-ISO), the agency responsible for ensuring the reliability of the state’s electric grid, will deliver the keynote address at the CMTA Energy Conference in late July.

The CMTA Energy Conference will be at Harvey’s in South Lake Tahoe from July 27 to July 29.  The keynote address will be on Friday, July 29 at 8:45 a.m.

Grid reliability is a major concern for this summer.  Both state and federal energy officials are predicting a tight electricity supply situation in Southern California if the weather is unusually hot, and an even tighter supply situation in the summer of 2006.

The Cal-ISO deals with a number of thorny issues, including: resource adequacy (generation capacity); transmission adequacy; and infrastructure planning.  In addition to the reliability concerns mentioned above, these issues have a significant impact on electricity generators and large industrial and transmission-level customers.  Congestion management costs at the Cal-ISO -- passed on to customers in the form of a transmission charge on their utility bill -- reached nearly $1 billion last year at Cal-ISO.

The Cal-ISO is also working to revise California’s wholesale market rules, subject to approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  The Market Redesign and Technology Upgrade (MRTU), which will be formally proposed to FERC in November, is aimed at ensuring open, nondiscriminatory access to the transmission system and creating a capacity trading market in sync with the California Public Utilities Commission’s resource adequacy requirements for load-serving entities.  CMTA’s main concerns are to ensure that these policies and procedures are open, transparent, non-discriminatory and cost-effective.
 
These topics will be covered in both Mansour’s keynote address on July 29th and a roundtable discussion the previous day on wholesale market issues (Thursday, July 28th from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.)  The panel will begin with a short presentation by Carolyn Kehrein, of Energy Management Services.  Gary Ackerman, of the Western Power Trading Forum, will be the moderator.   

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