WIRAB Meetings

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 […]


San Diego, CA | April 6-8 2015  Joint CREPC-SPSC-WIRAB agenda | meeting summary | attendance

SPSC-WIRAB Webinar Series #3: Dynamic Adaptable Transfer Capability (DATC)

March 19, 2015| Dynamic Adaptable Transfer Capability (DATC) | [presentation] | This two-hour webinar will explain a proposed new path transfer methodology that could increase transfer capacities on the existing transmission system while maintaining reliability. Such a methodology could save tens of millions of dollars by lowering system-wide production costs and help integrate the variable […]

SPSC-WIRAB Webinar Series #2: Grid Management Technologies

March 12, 2015 | Grid Management Technologies | [presentation] | During the last several years more than $100 million has been invested in the West in the deployment of synchrophasor technology. Additional investments have been made in smart grid control devices. During this webinar, GridSME will explain how data from synchrophasors and grid control devices […]

SPSC-WIRAB Webinar Series #1: Grid Transfer Capability Planning and Needs

Current Grid Transfer Capability Planning and Needs – March 5, 2015 | [presentation] | This webinar was coordinated with GridSME, a consultant to the SPSC and WIRAB. The purpose involved reviewing the current process for determining transmission transfer capabilities and identifying the drivers to develop a more dynamic methodology that can make better use of […]