The Western Energy Imbalance Market

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WCEE Lunch and Learn series presents

New Policies to Enable High Penetration Renewables:

The Western Energy Imbalance Market

Join to get an overview of the Western Energy Imbalance Market from FERC staff Elizabeth Olson who worked in the California electricity market during EIM implementation.

Created in 2014, the Western Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) is one solution designed to allow the US grid to manage and benefit from increasing levels of renewable, and variable, generation like wind and solar. The Western EIM is a real-time energy market that reaches from Wyoming to California and from Arizona all the way north to Washington. It leverages the advantage of geographic diversity to integrate renewable energy and can help lower price volatility in the real-time market. The EIM is enabling the western US to more effectively utilize increasing amounts of intermittent renewable generation. Let’s learn how this market works as we see more renewable penetration around the country.

Please plan to arrive by 11:45 AM in order to allow time to clear security at FERC.

Event Details:

Date: Friday, June 16th

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM (please arrive by 11:45 am)

Location: FERC, 888 First Street, NE, WDC 20426

Closest Metro: Union Station
About our speaker:

Elisabeth Olson is an Economist in the Office of Energy Policy and Innovation at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. She joined FERC a year ago from San Diego Gas & Electric where she was a Senior Analyst working on electricity market design and policy with the CAISO and CPUC. In addition to leading company position and representing on a range of CAISO stakeholder initiatives, Elisabeth was active in contracting, compliance and managing the Resource Adequacy portfolio. She also designed and oversaw the implementation of a ‘Profit & Loss’ data analytics tool for the market performance of SDG&E generation resources. Elisabeth received a master’s degree in Economics- Energy, Natural Resources and the Environment from the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen, Norway and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California.

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for use of its conference facilities



888 First Street NE
Washington DC 20426

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