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Record No: CB 118798    Version: Council Bill No: CB 118798
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 10/31/2016
Ordinance No: Ord 125176
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to the City Light Department; authorizing the Department to participate in the California Independent System Operator's Energy Imbalance Market, including authorizing the execution of any necessary agreements with the California Independent System Operator, as well as any additional agreements necessary or convenient for implementation and participation in the California Independent System Operator's Energy Imbalance Market.
Sponsors: Kshama Sawant
Supporting documents: 1. Proposed Amendment, 2. Summary and Fiscal Note, 3. SCL Enery Imbalance Market Presentation, 4. Signed Ordinance 125176, 5. Affidavit of Publication
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to the City Light Department; authorizing the Department to participate in the California Independent System Operator's Energy Imbalance Market, including authorizing the execution of any necessary agreements with the California Independent System Operator, as well as any additional agreements necessary or convenient for implementation and participation in the California Independent System Operator's Energy Imbalance Market.
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WHEREAS, The City of Seattle (the "City") recognizes that the City Light Department ("City Light") experiences imbalances between its customers' demand and power supply portfolio and must therefore transact in wholesale energy markets for energy and transmission services and products to effectively manage its resources and achieve balance between supply and demand on both a short-term and a long-term basis; and
WHEREAS, Seattle Municipal Code subsection 21.49.130.B provides specific authority for City Light to enter into contracts for the acquisition, exchange or sale of short-term capacity or energy, or integration, transmission or ancillary services; and
WHEREAS, the California Independent System Operator ("CAISO") manages an Energy Imbalance Market ("EIM") that allows entities like City Light to participate in short-term energy transactions on a fifteen- and five-minute basis; and
WHEREAS, the western United States has seen an increase in the development of variable energy resources such as wind and solar generators that in turn create higher probabilities of energy imbalances in regional balancing authority areas; and
WHEREAS, City Light's generating resources, particularly its owned hydroelectric facilities, are uniquely able to respond to energy imbalance in short time increments similar to CAISO's EIM fifteen- and five-minute market dispatches; and
WHEREAS, City Light's participation in such a market is in line with and would...

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