NYISO passes reliability audit

Rensselaer, N.Y., February 9, 2011 — The New York Independent System Operator announced the successful results of a comprehensive reliability audit conducted by the Northeast Power Coordinating Council, Inc.

The audit found the NYISO to be compliant with all 38 reliability standards and the 156 requirements of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation applicable to the NYISO. The audit was conducted from December 6 to December 9, 2010.

“The NYISO prides itself on commitment to excellence in operations and maintaining the reliability of New York’s bulk electric transmission system,” said NYISO President and CEO Stephen G. Whitley. “This comprehensive audit is not something an organization like the NYISO can just prepare to pass like a test; compliance must be engrained in our culture. Our team works very hard every day to exceed these standards, and the results of this audit underscore that commitment.”

In conducting the audit, the team reviewed data, information and evidence submitted in the form of policies, procedures, e-mails, logs, studies and data sheets, which were validated, substantiated and cross-checked for accuracy as appropriate.

In addition to auditing compliance with standards and requirements, the audit team also reviewed the NYISO’s compliance culture.

“During all contact, the NYISO staff was professional in their approach to compliance and understood the importance of the compliance and its role in maintaining reliability and security,” the audit report concluded. “For those that participated in the audit, it was clear that all were committed to both compliance and the improved reliability and security that a strong compliance program leads to.”

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