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Update on Technical Panel determinations

September 15, 2016

The Technical Panel met on September 13 to discuss three proposed market rule amendments.  The Panel requested comments from stakeholders on the Day-Ahead Calculation Engine (DACE), and recommended that the IESO Board of Directors consider rule changes to the Demand Response Auction – Capacity Obligation Transfers when it meets on October 26. The Panel also provided advice that the final proposed rule changes for the Real-Time Generation Cost Guarantee (RT-GCG) - Cost Recovery Framework are not ready for the IESO Board's consideration.

Following a review of the DACE, the rule changes propose a number of non-material amendments to clarify and correct several subscripts, variables, formulas and definitions. After discussion, the Panel requested comments from the broader stakeholder community.  Stakeholders are asked to provide comments by September 29 on the related market rule amendment proposal. Comments can be sent to

The Panel unanimously recommended that the IESO Board of Directors approve the proposed rule amendments for the Demand Response Auctions – Capacity Obligation Transfers. This proposal amends the market rules to allow a demand response auction participant (DRAP) to transfer all or a portion of its demand response capacity obligation to another DRAP who had qualified capacity to offer into the demand response auction for the same commitment period.  If approved by the IESO Board, the recommended effective date of this amendment is expected to be as early as the fourth quarter of 2016 and will be specified by the IESO in a notice to all market participants.

A majority of the Panel recommended that more time should be taken to finalize some of the implementation details associated with the proposed RT-GCG rule changes. This rule amendment proposes to change the market rules to enable a new cost recovery framework for the real-time generation cost guarantee program. The changes are expected to increase the transparency of costs eligible to be submitted by market participants for recovery under the program, as well as reduce the scope and frequency of audits. The IESO will provide an update on this initiative at the October 18 Technical Panel meeting.

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