The Western Power Trading Forum is a broad-based membership organization with nearly 70 member companies, dedicated to encouraging competition in Western states electric markets.
Our goal is to reduce the long-run cost of electricity to consumers throughout the region, and maintain the current high level of system reliability.
WPTF actions focus on developing competitive electricity markets throughout the Western states. By developing uniform operating rules to facilitate transactions among market participants, a vital energy market can be established.
WPTF provides an information clearinghouse for our members, actively tracking and analyzing relevant regulatory proceedings at the state, regional, or national level. The WPTF also provides a unified voice which can influence the development of market structures throughout the region.
WPTF member companies are putting people to work in California, accounting for over 2,250 high paying jobs.
WPTF member companies are keeping the lights on in California with more than 2,200 MWs of renewable power (solar, wind, geothermal) and over 24,000 MWs of clean efficient natural-gas-fueled- base-load and green energy shaping generation.
WPTF member companies also provide competitive retail electricity supply to California's schools, hospitals, universities, and businesses through the Direct Access market which now accounts for 10% of the retail load in California.
WPTF member companies have invested over $16.4 billion in the State and continue to make significant investments in California.
WPTF member companies currently have 4,300 MWs of natural gas generation under development and an equal amount, 4,300 MWs of renewable energy under development.
WPTF anticipated future investment in California: $12.6 billion
Fuel sources that keep the lights on in California:
Natural Gas 56.7%
Large Hydro 12.2%
California's electrical capacity is generated from:
Pacific Northwest 7%
Desert Southwest 24%
(Source: California Energy Commission 2009 Data)