Los Angeles muni to join Western EIM in 2019

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It was a big week for California's EIM, adding both its first international participant and LADWP, one of the largest municipal utilities in the nation with 4 million customers. The market continues to grow, allowing participants to schedule power deliveries every 15 minutes with five-minute resource dispatching.

LADWP General Manager David Wright said that joining the market “means we all can more reliably integrate renewables and meet our energy goals."

LADWP began delivering water to customers in the region in 1902 and added power delivery in 1917.

Matching demand with renewable megawatts is an important function of the market. The California ISO curtailed about 80,000 MWh in March—up from 47,000 MWh in the same month in 2016. However, a recent report concluded that the EIM is helping to minimize curtailments. Members have also saved $173 million since the wholesale market was launched in November 2014.

Participating utilities in the market include Oregon-based PacifiCorp, NV Energy of Nevada, Puget Sound Energy of Washington state and Arizona Public Service of Arizona. Phoenix-based Salt River Project recently announced it would join the market, and Mexico's El Centro Nacional de Control de Energía Baja Norte is mulling membership as well. 

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