Today the Board of Directors of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) supported the creation of a new “affiliate sector” that will provide MISO with input from the perspective of coal-fired electricity, one of the MISO region’s most important sources of electricity. The Lignite Energy Council began working 18 months ago to earn a seat on the MISO Advisory Committee and was later joined by America’s Power and others to create a coalition that justified this entirely new affiliate sector. The Advisory Committee serves as a forum for MISO members to keep apprised of MISO’s activities and to provide information and advice to the Board of Directors on policy matters of concern.
Lignite Energy Council issued the following statement by Jason Bohrer, President and CEO:
“The Lignite Energy Council has been working on earning a seat at the table for the past 18 months and today’s board meeting was a significant step in this long process in which key details will be made official in the coming weeks.
“We applaud the work of the MISO Advisory Council, the Board of Directors and MISO staff, as well as our partners like America’s Power, for their support of opening up the regional market planning stakeholder process to more voices and perspectives which now will include coal producers along with chambers of commerce and other organizations that have strong electricity market interests.
“Our goal is to roll up our sleeves and work together to build relationships with all of the various stakeholders in the marketplace to make sure that groups and companies who value or provide reliable and resilient electricity to the grid can now communicate with the Advisory Committee and the MISO Board. We look forward to providing a strong voice for the coal miners and utilities who provide the electricity that is the ‘always-on’ backbone for the electric grid and the economy in our region.”