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Reliability coordinator

Reliability is an essential element of operating the electric grid. The ISO is taking steps to become its own Reliability Coordinator (RC) and offer these services to other balancing authorities in the western United States.

What is a reliability coordinator?

A reliability coordinator is an entity with the highest level of authority responsible for the reliable operation of the high voltage system, complying with federal and regional grid operation standards. It has a wide area view of the bulk electric system, and has the authority to prevent or mitigate emergency operations in day-ahead and real-time operations that may be beyond the operational awareness of individual transmission operators. The RC also provides leadership in system restoration following a major event.

Projected timeline


Audio from public meetings

Audio from the ISO Reliability Coordinator Plan Overview meeting on Jan 4, 2018.

Click here for the presentation for the public meetings.

Audio from informational meetings: