Join the CAISO Committee

Gridwell runs a California Independent System Operator (CAISO) Committee through the Western Power Trading Forum (WPTF). WPTF is a non-profit company focused on western energy markets. The CAISO committee was the first committee created by WPTF and has been going strong for over 10 years. Providing both information  and advocacy, the CAISO Committee supports its members and the wider stakeholder community.

By attending stakeholder meetings and submitting comments, the CAISO Committee participates in market-related CAISO stakeholder initiatives. The committee also takes advantage of the CAISO Board's comment processes, and actively participates in all Energy Imbalance Market initiatives. Additionally, through the CAISO Committee, WPTF files comments and protests at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and participates in FERC technical conferences and settlement meetings. Committee advocacy also occurs through one-one-one meetings with the CAISO staff and management, and through coalitions built between WPTF and other market sectors and consortia.

The WPTF CAISO Committee has earned its reputation as a credible, thoughtful, and active participant. The CAISO values the committee's input, in particular because the breadth of WPTF membership results in committee proposals that are balanced and robust.

Examples of where the CAISO Committee has been effective are numerous—below are some recent highlights:

  • With the committee's relentless pursuit of market-based pricing, the CAISO agreed to compensate suppliers for serving the CAISO's flexible ramping constraint commitments and redispatches, and to implement a Flexible Ramping Product.

  • The Committee led a "compromise" proposal to allow generators to provide market-based offers for minimum load and start-up costs beginning in 2019.

  • Thanks to the CAISO Committee's advocacy, the CAISO initiated the Market Performance and Planning Forum to support in-depth discussions of issues that cross policy and market performance topics.

The CAISO Committee coordinates closely with WPTF's other committees. For example, it works with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Committee to ensure that GHG market design results in workable CAISO energy markets. In addition, the CAISO Committee works with the Western Electricity Coordinating Council Committee to roll out Energy Imbalance Markets, and with WPTF's activities at the California Public Utilities Commission regarding resource adequacy and utility procurement.


We provide a monthly summary and call on current policy initiatives as well as any important CAISO meetings and reports. 


You'll get emails highlighting anything new or important that pops up- so you'll never be caught by surprise.


Impact policy and advocate through WPTF. Members can provide feedback to comments and positions. 


Members may call or email Gridwell consultants with any CAISO questions - we're here to help!


Contact Gridwell to get more information on the CAISO Committee. (But to answer your question - once you join WPTF - the committee is ~$900/month.)

Learn more information about the Western Power Trading Forum at their website at