El Paso Electric Commits To Joining Western Energy Imbalance Market in 2023
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The California Independent System Operator (ISO) said that it has signed an
implementation agreement with El Paso Electric (EPE) to join the Western Energy
Imbalance Market (EIM) in 2023
EPE provides generation, transmission and distribution service
to 441,200 retail and wholesale customers in a 10,000-square mile area of the Rio
Grande valley in west Texas and southern New Mexico.
As currently constituted, the Western Energy Imbalance Market would not meet the requirements for a qualifying power region under the Texas Public Utility Regulatory Act, which is a requirement for implementation of retail electric choice.
Moreover, El Paso Electric is specifically governed by PURA Sec. 39.553 which goes beyond requiring just a qualifying power region but specifically requires, for El Paso Electric to transition to customer choice, "approval of a regional transmission organization by the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission for the power region that includes the electric utility's service area and commencement of
independent operation of the transmission network under the approved regional transmission