System reliability is the foremost objective of MISO transmission planning. MISO planners study reliability from multiple perspectives to confirm the transmission system has sufficient capacity to provide reliable service to customers.
Continued reliability of the transmission system is measured by compliance with applicable NERC and regional reliability standards and local Transmission Owner (TO) criteria. As planning coordinator, MISO is required to find a solution for each identified violation that could otherwise lead to overloads, loss of synchronism, voltage collapse, equipment failures or blackouts.
The results of these reliability analyses, along with the proposed mitigating transmission projects, are presented and peer-reviewed at a series of Subregional Planning Meetings. Additional Technical Study Task Force (TSTF) meetings are convened for each MISO planning subregion on an as-needed basis to discuss confidential system information.
The annual reliability assessment is a holistic study beginning with study cases built by MISO. Using these models, MISO performs an independent reliability analysis of its transmission system. This independent assessment results in identification of system needs, which are mapped to project submittals by the are transmission planning entities. Finally, MISO staff coordinates with area transmission planners to verify needs, identify alternative solutions and resolve gaps where additional system upgrades may be required. Each assessment comprises of three types of analysis: steady state, dynamic stability and voltage stability.
For more information contact the Expansion Planning team.
MISO Reliability Planning incorporates the following NERC standards in its scope of transmission planning. The listed months are a generalization of when our Stakeholders may expect to receive a data request or notification for posting Reliability Material.
The following is an approximate timeline of data requests postings, and email notifications for TPL-001 and planned stakeholder meetings. It roughly follows the 18-month MTEP calendar, beginning in June and ending in December of the following calendar year.
|June||Transmission Owners provide any updates to the posted transmission planning criteria and provide any models used to support the identification of proposed projects|
|September||All project submittals due by the 15th|
First Subregional Planning Meeting
MISO requests steady state contingencies from Transmission Owners
|February||FERC 715 data filing request form sent|
MISO posts steady state results for single initiating events for Transmission Owner review
Deadline to submit project alternatives by May 31st.
Second Subregional Planning Meeting
Second Subregional Planning Meeting
MISO posts steady state results for P3-P6 events for Transmission Owner review
TPL-001, MISO posts transient results for Transmission Owner review
Third Subregional Planning Meeting
|November||TPL-001, MISO posts extreme events steady state results for Transmission Owner review|
MISO posts MTEP confidential appendices
MISO BPM-020 Transmission Planning Section 4.2.3 describes project reporting guidelines for submitting new projects into the MTEP study process. All project submittals and updates should be provided to the MISO Project Database using the Planning Portal web tool. For detailed instructions on how to provision access and use the web tool, see Project Submittal Instructions.
New MTEP projects must be submitted by September 15th each year for the subsequent MTEP study cycle. Alternatives to these MTEP projects must be submitted by May 31st or by the Second Subregional Planning Meeting, whichever date occurs later. For more information on schedule and requirements, see MTEP Information Exchange Schedules and Requirements.
Contact the MTEP team with any questions or issues.
The annual MTEP planning cycle intends to provide an orderly and efficient holistic, open and transparent expansion planning process that establishes the transmission needs for the MISO system. Use the proposal form below to submit a Market Participant Funded Project.
Some circumstances require projects to be approved prior to the next annual MTEP cycle. Transmission owners may justify an Expedited Project Review (EPR) study if it will help drive a timely response to a significant load additions or other new system needs that require budgeting, regulatory milestones, construction and other project development support prior to approval of the next MTEP.
The MTEP process will consider proposed alternative solutions to Transmission Owners submitted projects. Entities interested in proposing alternatives are required to complete and submit the alternative submittal form below.
1. How do I access reliability models? Models are posted on the MISO FTP. To request FTP access, please fill out the access request form and request "FTP Sites."
2. How do I access MTEP transmission maps? There are two ways to access the MTEP transmission maps. The first is to fill out the access request form and request "Maps."
Please note: To fill out the access request form, a MISO website login is required. To receive FTP access, appropriate CEII NDAs and UNDAs must be on file. For more information about NDA forms, please see the Client Relations page.