In Northeast, One or More RTOs?
Electric market participants in the Northeast last week resolved
to further explore whether the region should become one broad
regional transmission organization (RTO) or whether it should be
broken up into smaller RTOs.
At the forefront is whether the three existing Northeast
independent system operators (ISOs) --- New England, New York and
Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland --- should team up to create one
major RTO or form individual RTOs. This issue will have to be
resolved in time for the ISOs to file at FERC in January 2001.
At the RTO workshop in Philadelphia last week, the Northeast
market participants formed several working subgroups to address
interregional coordination issues, such as transmission operations,
business practices, and planning and expansion.
The ISOs proposed that each working group would meet at four- to
six-week intervals, and that a broad, interregional symposium
would be held next fall to take stock of the status of the
It was made clear that no RTO proposals for the
Northeast-Mid-Atlantic areas were off the table for future
discussion, and that there was no predetermined organizational
form. Information about the northeastern regional collaboration
effort will be posted on the web site at www.isomou.com as it
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