Kema Consulting recommends developing operational systems to test feasibility of super-regional RTOs

Speaking at a recent IEEE meeting on RTO development, John Boucher, Vice President of KEMA Consulting’s RTO Business Area and past Project Manager for RTO West, said that, “While super-regional RTOs have obvious advantages on paper, it is not clear that they will actually increase reliability or lower costs until effective operational systems addressing large-scale models in real-time can be developed. We cannot assume that today’s processes, systems, and organizational designs simply can be extrapolated to the next level. We believe the FERC, transmission owners, and RTO management must aggressively pursue investment in these operational systems while maintaining system reliability using those structures already in place.”

By Ann de Rouffignac
OGJ Online

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