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Utah Bill Would Require Legislative OK for PacifiCorp RTO Membership

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By Robert Mullin

Utah lawmakers plan to draft a bill requiring PacifiCorp to gain legislative approval before joining an RTO based on an expanded CAISO.

Members of the Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Interim Committee approved a motion to create the proposed law July 13 after listening to more than 90 minutes of testimony from power industry participants — most of whom were wary about the state’s participation in a regional integration effort driven by California.

Specific terms of the legislation were left unclear.

Utah sits squarely inside the PacifiCorp East (PACE) balancing authority area, which also extends into portions of Idaho and Wyoming. It is served by PacifiCorp’s Salt Lake City-based Rocky Mountain Power subsidiary. (…)

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