Spring Joint 2020 CREPC-WIRAB Webinar Series #3


Role of Regional States Committees in Wholesale Electricity Market Governance

In 2015, the Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM)– Body of State Regulators (BOSR) was established to provide a forum for state regulatory commissioners to learn about, discuss, and advise the EIM Governing Body on the development of the EIM. At that time, the EIM included only two participating entities and its future was uncertain.  Today, the Western EIM includes 9 participating utilities with 15 additional utilities indicating their intent to join the market between 2020 and 2022. Eleven states will participate in the BOSR. As the geographic footprint and scope to the Western EIM expands, how should the role and resources of the BOSR also evolve?

o What can we learn from the experiences of other regional states committees that are similar to the BOSR and operate in conjunction with other regional electricity markets?
o How do other regional states committees engage with the market operator and other stakeholders?
o Has the role or focus of these regional committees changed over time?
o How do the other regional states committees obtain funding and deploy staff resources?
o What are the benefits of the states working together and what are the pitfalls?

This panel will discuss these questions and other topics related to the maturation of the Western EIM Body of State Regulators.

  • Letha Tawney, Commissioner, Oregon PUC and Chair of the EIM BOSR
  • Talina Matthews, Commissioner, Kentucky PSC
  • Ted Thomas, Chair, Arkansas PSC

Additional information regarding the Spring 2020 CREPC-WIRAB Webinar Series is available HERE.