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Doug Larson
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Denver, Colorado 80202
Phone: 303.573.8910
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WIEB Highlights Archive ...

CREPC/SPSC Webinar Series
March 27 to April 4

Eastern Interconnection States Planning Council (EISPC)
modeling tool presentation

Wednesday March 27
9:00 a.m. Pacific/10:00 a.m. Mountain

Dynamic Transfers

Tuesday April 2
9:00 a.m. Pacific/10:00 a.m. Mountain

slides | recording

Proposed Scope of Work for the Western Gas-Electric
Regional Assessment RFP

Wednesday April 3
10:30 a.m. Pacific/11:30 a.m. Mountain

Demonstration of the SPSC/CREPC
Historic Flow "Grid Tracker" Tool

Thursday April 4
9:00 a.m. Pacific/10:00 a.m. Mountain


Request for Proposals [pdf]

Bid due: April 10 2013, at 5 p.m. MDT
Summary of Responses to Written Questions
Received by March 20, 2013
Summary of the Pre-Proposal Conference Call
Questions & Answers from March 15, 2013

The Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB) and State-Provincial Steering
Committee (SPSC) are issuing the attached RFP for consulting services to better
understand and quantify the capabilities of demand response (DR) resources in
meeting local reliability needs in the West and specifically what role DR can serve
in integrating variable generation resources. Specifically, the purpose of this research
project is to estimate the contribution that DR could make in meeting local and
regional ancillary service needs, capacity needs and flexible resource needs in the
coming 3 to 5 years. The WIEB and SPSC are issuing this RFP to identify the
barriers standing in the way of full demand side participation in providing DR and to
estimate the contribution that DR resources could play if the barriers are successfully

This work is funded through a contract with the US Department of Energy. 
We hope you will review the RFP and submit a proposal if you are interested.

This RFP is being sent to a number of consultants known to WIEB/SPSC.  Please
feel free to forward it to others who you think might find it of interest.

ALL questions and final bid must be sent to the following email addresses:  sellenbecker@westgov.org  using the subject line   “Demand Response for
VER Integration”. 

SPSC filed its 2013 Study Requests with WECC on Jan 31, 2013

  2013 Study Requests to WECC
  Status on SPSC's 2012 and 2011 Study Requests

Request for Proposals

Response to written RFP inquiries dated
December 24, 2012

Summary of Pre-Proposal Conference Call
Questions & Answers from
December 13, 2012

The Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB) and State-Provincial Steering Committee
(SPSC) are issuing the attached RFP for consulting services to develop a tool to analyze
historical data on flow, schedules and Available Transfer Capacity (ATC) on the
transmission grid in the Western Interconnection.   Specifically, WIEB and SPSC are
seeking to create an internet-based analytical tool that allows users to search and analyze trends in flow, ATC and schedule data for paths in the Western Interconnection and
display the results in a graphical format.  This work is funded through a contract with the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) and USDOE.

We hope you will review the RFP and submit a proposal if you are interested.

 This RFP is being sent to a number of consultants known to WIEB/SPSC and
WGA.   Please feel free to forward it to others who you think might find it of interest.

ALL questions and final bid must be sent to the following email addresses: 
and tcarr@westgov.org using the subject line 
“WIEB Flows/Schedules/ATC Proposal Submission”


OREGON 10-year Energy Action Plan

On December 17, 2012, Governor Kitzhaber released a 10-Year Energy Action Plan that protects Oregon consumers and ensures energy investments made today will strengthen the economy...more


2012 PSA
December 18, 2012

The Committee on Regional Electric Power Cooperation (CREPC) and the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (WIRAB) hosted a joint webinar exploring
WECC’s 2012 Power Supply Assessment (PSA). [slides] [recording]

The PSA has been WECC’s primary tool to evaluate whether the Western Interconnection and the subregions have adequate generation to meet future summer and winter peak loads over the next 10 years. WECC staff presented the assumptions and findings of the 2012 Power Supply Assessment and discussed the connections with NERC’s Long Term Reliability Assessment and WECC’s new probabilistic assessment tools.


SPSC Webinar

State-Provincial Steering Committee (SPSC) 20-Year Low Carbon Study Request to WECC [slides] [recording]

The SPSC is developing technical inputs for its 20-Year Study Request to WECC.

A stakeholder webinar was held on Nov. 27, where E3 presented its Low Carbon Tool which is being used to develop  the technical study inputs. Stakeholder feedback
is invited.


WREZ 3 -
Transmission and Renewable Energy Planning in California


WIEB High-Level Radioactive Waste Committee Meeting
October 10-11, 2012
Denver, Colorado
agenda summary attendance

PUC-EIM follow-up
September 13-14, 2012

beuning spreadsheet beuning presentation
next steps

Resource Planners Forum /
CREPC / SPSC Meeting
October 3-5, 2012
San Diego, California


Audio Recordings:

October 3: http://westgov.adobeconnect.com/p4jg8spnjxc/
October 4: http://westgov.adobeconnect.com/p3qqlxbem22/
October 4: http://westgov.adobeconnect.com/p7p8i6ig6pf/
October 5: http://westgov.adobeconnect.com/p8jpy1q44ny/

WIRAB Advice to WECC and NERC regarding the future of WECC
August 23, 2012


Meeting Renewable Energy Targets in the West at Least Cost: The Integration Challenge

The Western Governors' Association commissioned this report to explore ways to reduce costs to the region's electricity consumers for integrating wind and solar, identify barriers to adopting these measures and recommend possible state actions.

Prepared by Regulatory Assistance Project for Western Governors' Association. The preparation of this report was financed in part by funds provided by The Energy Foundation. The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability supported the participation of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Click here for the Executive Summary

Click here for the Full Report


CREPC-SPSC Webinar Series

California's RPS Program


The CREPC/SPSC 4-part webinar series examines California’s RPS and the related transmission planning process. The first webinar by the CA PUC focuses on key provisions in the RPS and the implementation process for investor owned utilities in California. The second webinar by the CAISO explores the CAISO planning process and presents findings of its recent plans. The third webinar by the CEC addresses how the CEC will implement portions of the 33% RPS and its role to oversee publicly owned utilities (POU) programs. The fourth webinar by the CTPG explains the collaborative transmission planning effort of California’s IOUs and POUs and presents findings of the CTPG’s 2011 Statewide Transmission Plan.

California Transmission Planning Group and the
2011 Statewide Transmission Plan
July 17, 2012

California's RPS and the Role of the CEC
July 12, 2012

Transmission to Meet CA's 33% RPS:
The Plans and Process of the California ISO
June 19, 2012
Key Features and Developments
June 6, 2012


Wind forecasting survey in the West
August 2011 - June 2012

Program practices by Regional Transmission Organizations and Electric Utilities




Western Renewable Energy Zones Phase III Report and Executive Summary



May 2-4, 2012
Portland, Oregon




CREPC - SPSC Meeting
April 3-4, 2012
San Diego, California


CREPC - SPSC Meeting
October 26-27, 2011
Monterey, California

agenda audio day 1 audio day 2 - (a.m. only)
Adopted statement on an EIM [pdf] ACTION ITEM
Adopted letter to Joint Initiatives requesting participation



CREPC-SPSC Pre-Meeting Webinars:

MORE Power tool on optimizing the location of wind and solar generation
October 10, 2011
audio hurlbut kaiserski allis
Pricing in a Western Energy Imbalance Market: "bid" v. "market clearing price"
October 18, 2011
audio pricing options powerpt  
Potential new transmission technologies
October 19, 2011
audio powerpt    
Industry Response to WECC's 10-year plan recommendations on Montana to Northwest (Path 8) and Pacific Intertie (Paths 65/66)
October 20, 2011
audio powerpt    



EIM Crossroads Meeting
March 7-8, 2011

The proposed EIM is a sub-hourly, real-time energy market tool that dispatches balanced energy in an economical way while maintaining reliability.

The EIM Crossroads Meeting grew out of the WECC stakeholder process as it became apparent that a forum was needed to answer a number of questions about an EIM and discuss what it would mean for the West.

agenda attendees questions



Joint Draft Environmental Study Identifies Public Lands Best Suited for Solar Development in the West

BLM Draft Solar Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) assesses the environmental, social, and economic impacts associated with solar energy development on BLM administered areas in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.  The 90-day public comment period will include 14 open meetings, beginning in Washington, D.C. on February 2, 2011. The Draft Solar Energy PEIS document is available online at the Solar Energy Development PEIS website





Resource Planners Forum
June 2010

meeting materials


Western Wind and Solar Integration Study
May 2010



WECC's Regional Transmission Expansion Planning (RTEP)
Topic A

RTEP webpage SPSG newsletter



Lawrence Berkeley Lab Releases Analysis of Potential Renewable Energy Supply and Transmission Needed to Provide Hypothetical 33% of West's Electricity Needs (2/23/10)

Webinar series:

Western Wind and Solar Integration Study

The Western Interstate Energy Board presents a series of high-level briefings on the Western Wind and Solar Integration Study for state and provincial regulatory commissions, energy agencies, policy makers, utility staff and executives, and other interested parties. The briefings will focus on key findings and policy implications on the integration of high levels of variable generation in the Western Interconnection.
April 13, 2010
Summary and Recommendations [presentation]
April 1, 2010
Intra-hour Analysis and Reliability [presentation]
March 4, 2010
Operational Analysis [presentation]
February 18, 2010
Statistical Analysis [presentation]
February 4, 2010
Overview [presentation]


Wind forecasting survey practices in the West-
December 2009

Program practices by Regional Transmission Organizations and Electric Utilities

Holland and Hart White Paper on Transmission Line Siting Practices in the West [pdf] 3.82MB

Outlined in this white paper are the current regulatory systems of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming and recommendations that those states incorporate their respective best practices into a regional transmission siting regime. 
James Holtkamp and Mark Davidson


June 18, 2009
PG&E's Renewable Integration Calculator
Resource planners at PG&E developed an excel spreadsheet model called the "Renewable Integration Calculator. The model derives integration requirements across three operational time frames: regulation, load following, and day-ahead commitment.

June 30, 2009
NERC's Integration of Variable Generation
Task Force (IVGTF) Report on Accommodating
High Levels of Variable Generation
This webinar will review the report that identifies
and explains technological issues, and provides a number of recommendations for planners, operators and policy makers.

Federal Transmission Legislation comparison of Senator Bingaman's draft transmission legislation and Waxman-Markey transmission legislation

Comparison chart of all major federal transmission legislation in house and senate (05-27-09)

Western Interconnection Resource
Planning Forum

February 24-25, 2009 meeting
Load Serving Entities / Public Utility Commission
Resource Planners
downloads: agenda

Agencies Publish Final Environmental Impact Statement on Energy Corridor Designation in the West

From LBNL: Advanced Coal Wind Hybrid Project Study

A new LBNL report: Energy Efficiency as a preferred resource in the West.

Draws upon earlier work for WIEB/CREPC regarding the treatment of EE in IRP plans and includes an update of the assessment of the treatment of EE in 16 IRP plans of
Western utilities plus an attempt to link the proposed EE activities/efforts of utilities to various policy drivers.


Alberta Department of Energy

Arizona Dept of Commerce Energy Programs

British Columbia Ministry of Energy

California Energy Commission

Colorado Governor's Energy Office

Idaho Office of Energy Resources

Montana Department of Commerce

Nebraska Energy Office

Nevada State Office of Energy

New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Division

Oregon Department of Energy

Saskatchewan Energy & Resources

Utah Governor's Energy Advisor

Washington Energy Office

Wyoming Energy Office