Efforts to develop more RTOs in the West came to a near standstill again after talks last year among key players Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Grid West, and the Transmission Improvements...
had offered to help Mountain West get started "by adopting our rules" and becoming "a piece of us." (Mountain West would still operate its two control areas for Northern and Southern Nevada, which are connected only through the California ISO.)
Fluckiger added that the California ISO had proposed to build and run software for Mountain West. However, as Fluckiger explained, the interim board at Mountain West had taken bids and chosen Automated Power Exchange to help them get going. (But a new round of bidding may be needed later, after the permanent nonstakeholder board is formed, to satisfy FERC rules demanding governance that is independent of stakeholder interests.)
Meanwhile, Nelson said that Mountain West had "no interest" in buying services from California ISO. "We have no inclination," he stressed. So could Mountain West combine with another White Knight?
Nelson acknowledged that Bonneville Power Administration was a participant in ISA meetings, but said that BPA "is contemplating their own RTO." Back in California, Fluckiger kept the door open: "We think the Mountain West ISA can integrate well with us." As for the ISO's own plans, Fluckiger added, "We've had discussions with our neighbors in Arizona [Desert STAR] and our neighbors to the North [BPA] but have not made any concrete proposals."
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