Steps to establish a real-time transmission monitoring system for transmission owners and operators within the Eastern and Western interconnections: a report to congress pursuant to section 1839 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Section 1839 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005) directs the Secretary of Energy (DOE) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) to study and report to Congress on the steps that must be taken to establish a system to make available to all transmission owners and Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs) within the Eastern and Western Interconnections real-time information on the functional status of all transmission lines within such Interconnections. The study is to assess technical means for implementing a transmission information system and identify the steps the Commission or Congress would need to take to require implementation of such system. This Joint Report responds to Congress’ directive and addresses whether technology provides a means to address deficiencies in the transmission monitoring system and to provide better information to all system operators. The report focuses not on whether such a system should be deployed but offers a technical evaluation of how such a system could be established if one is to be pursued. This joint report merely describes the steps necessary to establish and implement an interconnection-wide monitoring system and does not require the Commission to implement such a system. Finally, this report acknowledges that a feasibility determination is necessary prior to any action to implement a real-time monitoring system and that the implementation of such a system is beyond the scope of Congress’ direction in section 1839 of EPAct 2005.