Liaison Report CREPC Liaison Report Lou Ann Westerfield Idaho Public Utility Commission Market Interface Committee March 6-7, 2008
Joint WIEB, WIRAB, and CREPC Meeting • Next CREPC Meeting • April 3 – 4, 2008 • San Diego, California – Horton Grand Hotel • Agenda can be found at: • http://www.westgov.org/wieb/meetings/crepcsprg2008/04-08agen.htm
Joint WIEB, WIRAB, and CREPC Meeting • Joint Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB), Western Interconnection Reliability Advisory Board (WIRAB), and CREPC Workshop on Assessments, April 3, with the following agenda: • How to Assess the Transmission Expansion, Resource Adequacy, and Operational Impacts of Significant Renewable Generation in the Western Interconnection: A Key Building Block to a Low Carbon Resource Assessment • Assessment Task: Low Carbon Resource Mix in 2018 (CO2 Levels 15% Below 2005 Levels in 2020) • WIRAB has requested that WECC include this scenario, which is the goal of the Western Climate Initiative, in its 2008 transmission expansion studies
Joint WIEB, WIRAB, and CREPC Meeting • CREPC Business Meeting, April 4 • Reports on – • Southwest Wind/Solar Integration Study – National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)/West Connect • Western Renewable Energy Zones Project – Western Governors’ Association/WIEB Staff • Developments at FERC and DOE • Western Climate Initiative Update • Two Generation Options • Wind/Coal Hybrid – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory • Concentrating Solar Power – NREL • Creation of an Ongoing Western Interconnection Resource Planning Forum
Joint WIEB, WIRAB, and CREPC Meeting • Berkeley Lab is pleased to announce the release of a new report, “Reading the Tea Leaves: How Utilities in the West Are Managing Carbon Regulatory Risk in their Resource Plans,” prepared at the request of the Western Interstate Energy Board.
Joint WIEB, WIRAB, and CREPC Meeting • Uncertainty in the nature and timing of future greenhouse gas regulations poses substantial financial risks for electric utility ratepayers and shareholders. Long-term resource planning provides a potential framework within which these risks can be systematically assessed and managed. In this study, we examine the current treatment of carbon regulatory risk through a comparative analysis of the most-recent long-term resource plans filed by fifteen major utilities in the Western U.S.
Joint WIEB, WIRAB, and CREPC Meeting • The report can be downloaded at: • http://eetd.lbl.gov/ea/emp/rplan-pubs.html • A PowerPoint presentation based on the report can be found at: • http://eetd.lbl.gov/ea/emp/emp-ppt.html