The Independent Power Producers Coalition of the West supports a fully functional, transparent and robust competitive wholesale electric power marketplace throughout the West.
We believe that utilities should procure long-term power supplies in a systematic and open process that assures utility customers that they will receive the best value. The utility should first identify their future resource requirements through preparation of an integrated resource plan. They should then secure the identified resources by holding competitive, independently monitored, requests for proposals. Ratepayers benefit when utilities pursue multiple resource supply options including negotiating long-term power purchase agreements with least-cost independent power producers.
We believe that western utilities must make optimization of existing transmission infrastructure a priority while simultaneously pursuing investment in new transmission capacity. Independent transmission providers (Transcos) have proven that they can contribute significantly to enhancing the grid and their projects, where they are shown to economically increase total transmission capacity, should be encouraged.
Members of the coalition are committed to constructively participating in regional legislative, planning and regulatory initiatives to enhance transmission capacity, encourage competitive procurement and participate in actionable planning that will improve the economic and environmental performance of the West's electric power system.