The Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body (WIRAB) focuses on electric grid reliability. It was created by Western Governors under Section 215(j) of the Federal Power Act. Section 215 of the FPA provides for the establishment of a federal regulatory system of mandatory and enforceable electric reliability standards for the Nation’s bulk power system.
WIRAB was established in the Western Interconnection to advise the Electric Reliability Organization (North American Electric Reliability Corporation (“NERC”)), the regional entity (Western Electricity Coordinating Council (“WECC”)), and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) on whether proposed reliability standards within the region, as well as the governance and budgets of NERC and WECC, are just, reasonable, not unduly discriminatory or preferential and in the public interest. FERC may request that WIRAB provide advice on other topics as it deems necessary. FERC may give deference to the advice of the WIRAB because it is organized Interconnection-wide. WIRAB’s membership is composed of member representatives from all states and International provinces that have load within the Western Interconnection.