The Western Energy Imbalance Market is importing relatively low-cost coal- and natural gas-fired generation into California, but attributing that power to clean, non-emitting hydroelectric resources from the Pacific Northwest, according to a study by Powerex, the energy-trading division of BC Hydro.

Based on a detailed analysis of 2021 data from the Western EIM, Powerex says that under the EIM's greenhouse gas emissions framework, clean resources can be "deemed" the source of imports into California, even if those resources do not produce any additional electricity, are not economic to dispatch, or if there is no transmission available to deliver the resource to California.

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Steve began covering energy policy and resource development in the Pacific Northwest in 1999. He has been editor of Clearing Up since 2003, and has been a fellow at the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources and University of Texas.