CARMEL, Ind. – The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) on Friday filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission comments related to the commission’s Jan. 8, 2018, order on grid resilience. MISO Vice President of System Planning Jennifer Curran issued the following statement related to the filing:
Statement by Jennifer Curran, Vice President, System Planning
MISO is pleased to have the opportunity to share comments related to the broad industry discussion on grid resilience and to identify specific actions MISO already takes to help ensure grid resilience across our footprint.
Grid resilience is core to our foundation and day-to-day activities at MISO. MISO works closely with its members and other stakeholders to ensure grid reliability and resilience 24/7, 365 days a year. We constantly evaluate our operations and look for opportunities to strengthen our systems, reduce risk and contribute to the dialogue and knowledge-sharing that benefits the industry and the power grid.
Some of the ways MISO works to ensure resilience include:
Moving forward, the industry must continue to address new challenges, embrace new opportunities, and work toward solutions related to transmission planning, inter-regional operations and cyber security rules that accommodate integration of superior technologies.
The Commission’s evaluation of resilience issues should not be limited to just RTOs and ISOs, rather, grid resilience is a national issue that broadly impacts the bulk power system. Additionally, to the extent the Commission is interested in addressing concerns at the distribution level, the Commission should work in partnership with state regulators to help ensure a coordinated effort.
MISO is committed to participating in a robust dialogue that further ensures the resilience of nation’s power grid. We look forward to working with FERC commissioners and staff, state commissions, our stakeholder community, and others as this broader industry discussion continues.