IESO Praised for Compliance with Key Reliability Standards



    TORONTO, Sept. 15 /CNW/ - Ontario's Independent Electricity System
Operator (IESO) has been found fully compliant with 38 key electricity
reliability standards and 168 reliability requirements monitored by the North
American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).
    A regularly scheduled audit was conducted earlier this year by a team
comprising observers from NERC and representatives from the Northeast Power
Coordinating Council Inc. (NPCC), which has delegated authority for auditing
compliance with NERC reliability standards in the northeast United States and
Canada.
    The audit team evaluated the IESO's compliance with reliability standards
pertaining to a broad range of areas, including emergency preparedness;
resource and demand balancing; interconnection reliability operations and
coordination; and communications, among others. Auditors performed a
comprehensive review of the IESO's operations and found the company to be
fully compliant with all applicable standards.
    "There is a strong correlation between standards and reliable system
performance, and our employees work tirelessly to ensure our operations are
consistent with industry rules and regulations," said Paul Murphy, President
and CEO of the IESO.
    The NERC and the NPCC praised the IESO's cooperation and support during
the audit, highlighting the IESO team's positive attitude and willingness to
provide information.
    The report is available at
http://www.npcc.org/compliance2/AuditSpot.aspx. The IESO is responsible for
managing Ontario's bulk electricity system and operating the wholesale
electricity market. For more information, visit www.ieso.ca.

    NERC's mission is to improve the reliability and security of the bulk
power system in North America. To achieve that, NERC develops and enforces
reliability standards; monitors the bulk power system; assesses future
adequacy; audits owners, operators, and users for preparedness; and educates
and trains industry personnel. NERC is a self-regulatory organization that
relies on the diverse and collective expertise of industry participants. As
the Electric Reliability Organization, NERC is subject to audit by the U.S.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and governmental authorities in Canada.





For further information:

For further information: Alexandra Campbell, (416) 506-2806,
Alexandra.Campbell@ieso.ca


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