February 12, 2016
The Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (“WIRAB”), Western Resource Advocates (“WRA”), Natural Resources Defense Council (“NRDC”), Western Grid Group (“WGG”) and Vanry & Associates Inc. (“VAI”) submitted comments to Peak Reliability on the direction Peak should take with its Universal Data Sharing Agreement (“UDSA”) since the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (“FAST Act”) was signed into law. The FAST Act is a federal transit spending law that includes provisions relating to energy security and critical energy infrastructure. Because of pending regulations, Peak has questioned whether the recently adopted UDSA, which includes procedures for sharing data with third parties, should be modified. WIRAB, along with the other commenters, are unsupportive of the options on which Peak requested feedback because the commenters believe that a comprehensive review of the third party data sharing review process should be conducted after regulations are finalized in a fair and balanced process.