In accordance with our role and expertise in reliability standards, WECC may provide advice on mitigation plans, sanctions or other issues related to violations of Alberta`s reliability standards at the request of the MSA. The MSA will be responsible for enforcing Alberta`s reliability standards by ISO as well as market participants. The costs or royalties associated with the monitoring of ISES provided by WECC under the service agreement are considered to be part of the WECC fees already charged to ISES as part of its participation in the WECC. The services contract is due to come into effect on April 30, 2010. The first compliance check is provided by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) for market participants subject to reliability standards. If compliance by ISEA itself, MSA plans to conduct the monitoring with the assistance of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council, Inc. (WECC), a U.S.-based reliability organization. Among the highlights of the MSA WECC services agreement: Please click here to find the MSA WECC Services Agreement. Recordings (information) related to services provided by WECC remain confidential within the WECC, are disclosed only on the basis of expertise and are not shared by WECC with other parties outside Alberta without the agreement of the MSA. Re: MSA WECC Services Agreement – Monitoring – Reliability Standards Compliance – WECC`s monitoring of ESO is generally conducted in a manner consistent with the compliance with Alberta`s reliability standards by market participants. The MSA expects to provide an update on the status of the MSA WECC services agreement in the coming weeks. The WECC will conduct its oversight under the mandate and authority of the MSA and report to the MSA.
Stakeholders will be aware that wecc plays a greater role in the connected electrical system outside Alberta, including electrical systems in western U.S. member countries, parts of Mexico, and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. With respect to Alberta, WECC and aESO have entered into an Affiliate and Enterprise Agreement (MOA) that reflects on how the two parties will work together to ensure cross-border reliability (approved by MOA by the Alberta Utilities Commission). In particular, these parties considered that wecc should play a supervisory role to the extent that AESO compliance (the MOA also explicitly includes the enforcement role of the MSA) should play a supervisory role. This cooperation by WECC ESO reflects the desire for consistency between legal systems, as provided for in alberta policy and legislation in Alberta and across Canada in terms of the reliability of the electrical system. In accordance with its mandate under the Alberta Utilities Commission Act and other orders, the Market Supervisory Administrator (MSA) is empowered to assess compliance with Alberta`s reliability standards and, where appropriate, to take coercive action.