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.
Filed tariff amendments with FERC to implement rate design, terms, and conditions of the RC service. View the filing.
Formed a regulatory working group to expand outreach efforts with the larger stakeholder community, including regulatory bodies in western states.
Balancing Authority of Northern California becomes first entity to publicly commit to taking RC services from ISO. View the news release.
ISO Board of Governors approves proposed rates, terms and conditions for the ISO to provide RC services.
ISO posts draft tariff language for RC rate design, terms, and conditions.
Identified and established seven working groups comprised of subject matter experts in their respective fields to address the following topics: operations planning; real-time operations; seams management; settlements; emergency response and power system restoration; data exchange; and training.
Formed a Steering Committee comprised of prospective participants to help design an Oversight Committee that would give guidance and foster consensus on reliability compliance once the ISO begins providing RC services.
01/17/2018 - 01/19/2018
California ISO announces plans to become its Reliability Coordinator (RC) and offer these services to other balancing authorities and transmission operators in the western United States. The ISO gave notice to withdraw from its current RC services provided by Peak Reliability. View the news release.
Tracks for becoming a reliability coordinator
The ISO has launched multiple tracks for becoming a reliability coordinator.
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.
For more information on RC Services, email us at: ISORC@caiso.com.
Audio from public meetings
Audio from the ISO Reliability Coordinator Plan overview meeting on Jan 4, 2018.