Reports and Filings

RM20-10 IRC’s Motion for Extension of Time on RTO Participation Adder Comments

On May 3, 2021, in Docket No. RM20-10-000, PJM filed on behalf of the ISO/RTO Council a motion for a 30-day extension of time for all parties to submit comments relating to the Supplemental Notice that introduces a new Transmission Organization Incentive.  The motion seeks to move the deadline from May 26, 2021 to June 25, 2021.

IRC Comments on DOE RFI Regarding Securing the United States Bulk-Power System

On August 21, the ISO-RTO Council (IRC) submitted comments and responses in reply to the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) Notice of Request for Information (RFI), published in the Federal Register on July 8, 2020, regarding the proceedings on Securing the United States Bulk-Power System. In the RFI, the DOE seeks information to understand the energy industry’s current practices to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities in the supply chain for components of the bulk-power system (BPS).

IRC Comments on FERC Virtualization NOI

On July 2, the ISO-RTO Council (IRC) submitted comments in response to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Notice of Inquiry (Virtualization and Cloud Computing Services – Docket No. RM20-8-000), issued on February 20, 2020. The Notice of Inquiry seeks comment regarding the potential benefits and risks associated with the use of virtualization and cloud computing, and whether barriers impeding the adoption of virtualization and cloud computing exists in the North American Electric Reliability Corporation Inc. (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) reliability standards. The IRC believes virtualization and cloud computing services can be utilized for myriad reliability related services, provided risks are sufficiently mitigated through mandatory cloud security requirements and that FERC should direction action by NERC to develop modifications to the CIP reliability standards to facilitate the voluntary adoption of virtualization and cloud computing services. The existing standards need to be evaluated in light of cloud computing practices, and revised to address some of the nuances of cloud computing.

ISO-RTO Council Submits Comments to FERC Proposed Policy Statement Issued on May 21, 2020

On June 18, the ISO-RTO Council (IRC) submitted comments in response to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Proposed Policy Statement issued on May 21, 2020 (Docket No. PL20-7-000). The IRC seeks two procedural clarifications regarding petitions for certain remedial relief  described by the Proposed Policy Statement. First, the Commission should specify in any final policy statement that an entity may still seek remedial relief for prior actions or omissions through a petition under Rule 207(a)(5) of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure when the remedial action the petitioner seeks does not call for a petition for declaratory order. Second, the Commission should clarify that the proposed “stronger showing” requirement does not apply when the petitioner is an Independent System Operator (“ISO”) or Regional Transmission Organization (“RTO”) seeking remedial relief to address the adverse impacts to its market caused by its own failure to implement its tariff requirements.

Motion for Leave to Respond and Response of the ISO-RTO Council

On January 24, 2020, in Docket No. AD20-6-000, the ISO-RTO Council (IRC) submitted a response to Energy Trading Institute’s Request for Technical Conference and Petition for Rulemaking to Update Credit and Risk Management Rules and Procedures in Organized Markets filed on December 16, 2019.  The IRC supports efforts to ensure effective credit policies are in place in organized electricity markets, but requests that the Commission not schedule the requested technical conference or commence a rulemaking proceeding at this time.  Specifically, the IRC requests that the Commission allow individual RTOs and ISOs to address their respective credit and risk management issues, allow these organized markets sufficient time to gain experience with these rules, and then consider the best path forward to facilitate a dialogue on best practices and potential points of alignment among the RTOs and ISOs.

2018 Demand Response Matrix

The 2018 Demand Response Matrix contains summary information for wholesale electricity demand response programs, products and services administered by the ISOs and RTOs in North America.

Comments of the IRC on Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing NOPR

The ISO/RTO Council respectfully submits these comments in response to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s October 2, 2017 Notice Inviting Comments, the September 28, 2017 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by the United States Department of Energy, and Commission’s Office of Energy Policy and Innovation’s October 4, 2017 request for information.

Supplemental Comments of the IRC on NOPR Regarding Primary Frequency Response

Pursuant to FERC’s Notice of Request for Supplemental Comments issued on August 18, 2017, the IRC respectfully submits these supplemental comments.

2017 ISO/RTO Market Designs and Comparison

The IRC Markets Committee has released an updated overview and comparison of market design features in each Independent System Operator/ Regional Transmission Operator market. Access the executive summary and comparison matrix here.

Comments of the IRC re: Uplift Cost Allocation and Transparency in Markets Operated by RTO/ISOs

The IRC submits these comments in response to FERC’s NOPR issued on Docket #RM17-2-000 on Jan. 19, 2017 which proposes to revise the Commission’s regulations to require that each ISO/RTO that allocates the costs of real-time uplift to deviations should only do so to those market participants whose transactions are reasonably expected to have cause the real-time uplift costs.

News Releases

Report from North America’s electricity system operators examines impact of emerging technologies

ISO/RTO Council (IRC) report examines how the future of the North American power grid depends on effectively adding renewables to the grid, the accuracy and availability of data from “behind-the-meter” resources, and coordinating these distributed energy resources at the grid operator level to preserve reliability.

2010 IRC Metrics Report – Presentation to FERC – Press Release

The CEOs of the six independent system operators (ISOs) and regional transmission organizations (RTOs) regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today appeared before the Commission to discuss the 2010 ISO/RTO Metrics Report filed in December. The metrics report provided FERC with extensive data on grid operations and power markets in their regions.

2010 IRC Performance Metrics Report Press Release

The independent system operators (ISOs) and regional transmission organizations (RTOs) regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today submitted to FERC a metrics report providing extensive data on grid operations and power markets in their regions.