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Northwest Energy Market Assessment
​BPA is participating in the Northwest Power Pool’s Market Assessment and Coordination Committee (MC). The MC is a collaboration of 19 public and investor-owned utilities from across the NWPP footprint. It is considering the design for a within-hour energy market, called a security constrained economic dispatch (SCED), for a subset of NWPP balancing areas. 

BPA is launching a public process to consider its participation in the SCED design proposal being developed by the NWPP MC. A subset of the BAs in the NWPP footprint may choose to participate in the SCED, and each BA will make its own decision about whether to participate. 





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What type of market is it?
​The NWPP MC is pursuing a security constrained economic dispatch (SCED) – a within-hour energy dispatch that is economically optimized every 5 minutes to serve load obligations with the least cost, available generation, within reliability constraints. The term SCED has been adopted, as opposed to energy imbalance market, because it conveys the reliability-centered nature of the tool and more appropriately depicts the full scope of the dispatch, rather than implying a narrow economic solution for serving only imbalance energy.


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