NERC Approves MISO as Balancing Authority for South Region

Carmel, lnd., Nov. 4, 2014 – Following an official certification review process, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has formally approved the certification review of MISO as the NERC-certified Balancing Authority (BA) for the MISO South region.

“We’re pleased to receive NERC’s approval and confirmation that MISO can operate reliably as the Balancing Authority for our South region members,” said MISO Executive Vice President of Operations and Information Services, Richard Doying. “MISO’s proven processes and systems assure maximum reliable and economic benefits for all consumers.”

In early 2013, MISO met with NERC, SERC Reliability Corporation (SERC), ReliabilityFirst Corporation (RFC), Midwest Reliability Organization (MRO), and Southwest Power Pool Regional Entity (SPP RE) representatives to discuss plans for integrating the MISO South region, including the integration of six incoming utilities into the MISO BA area.  

A SERC-led Certification Review Team (CRT) performed a site visit at MISO’s headquarters in Carmel in September 2013 as a part of the certification review process. The site visit included interviews with the six incoming utilities and MISO to verify basic BA operation requirements and a review of MISO-developed procedures to meet applicable standards and requirements. MISO’s Energy Management System, communication facilities and operator tools also underwent thorough CRT review during the site visit.

At the conclusion of the review, the CRT determined that MISO has the processes, procedures, tools, training, and personnel in place to continue to reliably perform the BA function without undergoing a full re-certification from NERC. The CRT also found that MISO’s operators are equipped with the necessary operating tools and are prepared to perform the BA operations.

Beginning Dec. 19, MISO will coordinate all RTO activities in its expanded footprint bringing generation capacity to approx. 196,000 MWs. The utilities joining MISO include Cleco Corporation, Lafayette Utilities System, Louisiana Energy and Power Authority, Louisiana Generating, South Mississippi Electric Power Association, and Entergy.

About MISO

MISO ensures reliable operation of, and equal access to high-voltage power lines in 15 U.S. states and the Canadian province of Manitoba. MISO manages one of the world’s largest energy markets, with more than $18.4 billion in gross market energy transactions annually. MISO was approved as the nation’s first regional transmission organization in 2001. The non-profit 501(C)(4) organization is governed by an independent Board of Directors and is headquartered in Carmel, Ind., with operations centers in Carmel and St. Paul, Minn. Membership is voluntary.