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Reliability coordinator

Reliability is an essential element of operating the electric grid. The ISO is taking steps to become its own Reliability Coordinator (RC) and offer these services to other balancing authorities in the western United States.

What is a reliability coordinator?

A reliability coordinator is an entity with the highest level of authority responsible for the reliable operation of the high voltage system, complying with federal and regional grid operation standards. It has a wide area view of the bulk electric system, and has the authority to prevent or mitigate emergency operations in day-ahead and real-time operations that may be beyond the operational awareness of individual transmission operators. The RC also provides leadership in system restoration following a major event.

Tracks for becoming a Reliability Coordinator

The ISO has launched two tracks for becoming a Reliability Coordinator: a public stakeholder initiative process for setting the rates, terms, and conditions of the new RC service; and fulfilling federal regulatory requirements for certification as an RC. The ISO is also currently initiating a third track to implement software development and customer on-boarding.

Click here to follow developments in the public stakeholder initiative process.

If your organization has signed a Letter of Intent and a non-disclosure agreement to potentially join the ISO RC, click here to visit a secure site for the oversight committee and working group members.  Click here for instructions for accessing the site.


Projected timeline


Audio from public meetings

Audio from the ISO Reliability Coordinator Plan Overview meeting on Jan 4, 2018.

Click here for the presentation for the public meetings.

Audio from informational meetings:



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