The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) introduced a new generation interconnection queue application tool online in order to simplify and streamline the process for members.
“This tool is designed for our members who provided us with specific feedback on how to enhance the process,” said Aubrey Johnson, executive director – systems planning and competitive transmission. “The development of the new tool was done in direct collaboration with our members. We are always excited to work with them to improve the queue process and add value to their overall experience.”
In addition to developing the tool itself, MISO worked with its members to deliver training to ensure a seamless transition to the new application process. Engineers from member companies and at MISO received training to work through the real-world process of applying for an interconnected generator with the MISO footprint. Some member companies volunteered to assist with beta testing prior to the launch to help identify and work through any problems.
“We were pleased to assist MISO with the launch of the new tool,” said Matt Marino, CEO of Galehead Development. “It is important that the user perspective is considered when creating a transformational process. With over 1 GW of generation under development in MISO, efficient management of our interconnections is critical for our business. We appreciated the chance to support MISO's efforts to ensure their stakeholder process facilitated a superior product."
The new tool also enhances the transparency and collaboration between MISO, the Interconnection Customers and Transmission Owners. With its introduction, Interconnection customers will experience a more user-friendly application system with built-in quality assurance processes. Additionally, it will serve as a repository for submitting modeling data and supporting documentation for the Generation Interconnection Process in one consistent format. The deadline for application submission is June 25, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Customers are reminded that the tool is only tariff-approved way to submit new Generator Interconnection Requests. Visit the MISO website to learn more about the new tool.
Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that delivers safe, cost-effective electric power across 15 U.S. states and the Canadian province of Manitoba. MISO is committed to reliable, nondiscriminatory operation of the bulk power transmission system and collaborating with all stakeholders to create cost-effective and innovative solutions for our changing industry. MISO operates one of the world’s largest energy markets with more than $29 billion in annual gross market energy transactions.