Archive | WIRAB Meetings

Fall 2016 Joint WIRAB-CREPC Meeting

The Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (WIRAB) and the Committee on Regional Electric Power Cooperation (CREPC) met on October 31-November 2 at the U.S. Grant Hotel in San Diego, CA.   Joint CREPC-WIRAB Agenda | Minutes

WIRAB Webinar on Critical Energy-Electric Infrastructure Information

The Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (“WIRAB”) hosted a webinar on the designation, protection, and sharing of critical electric infrastructure information. Critical electric infrastructure refers to systems or assets of the bulk-power system the incapacity or destruction of which would negatively affect national security, economic security, or public health or safety. The protection and appropriate […]

WIRAB Staff Comments on Peak Reliability 2016 Strategic Plan

The Staff of the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (“WIRAB Staff”) submitted comments on Peak Reliability’s March 30, 2016 draft 2016-2020 Strategic Plan. WIRAB Staff emphasized that the goal of Peak should be to serve the public interest by continually seeking to enhance grid reliability in the Western Interconnection and WIRAB Staff made comments and […]

Spring 2016 Joint WIRAB-CREPC Meeting

The Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (WIRAB) and the Committee on Regional Electric Power Cooperation (CREPC) met on April 26-27 at the Marriott City Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Agenda topics included: Regional ISO Design and Governance Issues; Distributed Energy Resource Policies; Essential Reliability Services; and Interconnection-wide Planning and Analysis. A detailed agenda is […]

Advice of WIRAB on the FERC NOI on Primary Frequency Response (Docket No. RM16-6-000)

The Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (“WIRAB”) submitted advice to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) on its 2016 Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”) on Essential Reliability Services and the Evolving Bulk-Power System – Primary Frequency Response (Docket No.: RM16-6). Primary frequency response (“PFR”) is crucial in the reliable operation of the electric grid. With the […]

WIRAB Response to 2016 Peak Board Evaluation Questionnaire and Comments

The Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (“WIRAB”) submitted a response to Peak Reliability’s 2016 Board of Directors Evaluation Questionnaire. Peak uses the responses it receives from the questionnaire to evaluate the Board’s performance and effectiveness. WIRAB’s response to the questionnaire indicates a decline in performance and effectiveness from 2015 to 2016.   Link: Questionnaire Response […]

WIRAB webinar on Primary Frequency Response

The Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (WIRAB) hosted a one-hour webinar – led by Debra Lew and Nick Miller of GE Energy – on primary frequency response (PFR) of generators within the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) region. The key concern with PFR is that currently variable energy resources (VERs), specifically wind and photovoltaics (PVs), […]

Joint WIRAB-CREPC Meeting

San Diego, CA | October 28-30 2015 Agenda | meeting minutes | attendance

Control Performance Standard BAL-001-2

July 13, 2015 | Control Performance Standard BAL-001-2 | [presentation] | NERC’s new reliability control standard, BAL-001-2, became effective June 21, 2015. The purpose of this reliability standard is to maintain interconnection frequency within predefined frequency limits. Balancing Authorities in the Western Interconnection have been field testing BAL-001-2 since March 2010. We discussed results of […]

Grid Authority and Performance

July 6, 2015 | Grid Authority and Performance | [presentation] | This webinar covered the history and evolution of NERC’s authority and explained how reliability standards are developed and enforced. It also described the roles and responsibilities of Balancing Authorities, Transmission Operators, Generation Operators and Reliability Coordinators. The discussion included the history of NERC’s Control […]