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Electric Industry Issues Forum: Reliability, Transmission and COmpetition

Fortnightly Magazine - June 1 1997

new-and-improved NERC needs governmental direction, [authority should be] assigned to existing governmental agencies, either FERC or DOE. To create a separate czar, I think, is inappropriate.

"If weÆre talking about an independent system operator set up to ensure the security function of the transmission grid, then I think that form of ISO in fact works hand-in-glove with NERC. Because its principle function is to do pretty much the equivalent of part of what the regional councils used to do. And in Texas as you know, we sort of pushed our regional council aside, re-established a new independent system operator and it is directed primarily and essentially at grid operation.

"That ISO, I can tell you, is ever so much pleased to rely upon the NERC standards, as they exist and as they will exist. I would presume in those situations, NERC really becomes a consolidated representative of ISOs that perform the security function. They are symbiotic.

"I would suggest that market demand is going to determine how many new l

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