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Industry Foundations

MISO History

In 2001, the forward-thinking owners of a handful of Midwestern transmission companies had the idea for an independent entity to oversee the flow of electricity on the power grid. Their simple vision of allowing equal access to the transmission system while ensuring reliability forever changed the way the energy industry operates.

Energy Market Basics

Energy is bought and sold similarly to any other product. Start here for information on energy markets and how MISO operates them.



Grid Basics

The electrical grid is an interconnected network responsible for delivering electricity from producers to consumers. Start here to understand MISO's role in grid operations.

Energy 101

The process of lighting up a room is not quite as simple as just flipping the light switch. Start here for the ins and outs of the energy industry. 

Regulatory Agencies

MISO interacts with several regulatory agencies and complies with their standards and requirements. 

Transmission Planning Basics

Transmission planning is necessary to meet the reliability needs of the bulk electric system and is one of the roles that MISO plays.