PUC posts video recordings of Mountain West Transmission Group Initiative Regional Meeting


DENVER (April 5, 2017) — The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC), part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), has posted video recordings on its website of the “first of its kind” multi-state regional meeting of the “Mountain West Transmission Group Initiative” (MWTG) Commissioners’ Information Meeting (CIM) that was held March 28, 2017.

The meeting recordings are posted at the following link:
https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/webcasts under 2017 Meeting agendas and presentations.

Colorado PUC Commissioner Frances Koncilja had led the all-day informational meeting to better understand the details of the proposed MWTG’s plans to explore participation in a regional transmission organization.

Over 85 people, including 16 speakers, attended the event, and an additional 87 participated via webcast. Utilities Commissioners from Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico and Missouri attended in person. Commissioners or staff from Utah, Nebraska and Montana attended via webcast.

The MWTG is composed of both of Colorado's investor owned utilities, Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCO) and Black Hills, as well as Tri-State Generation & Transmission and several other entities. MWTG has entered into a letter of intent with the Southwest Power Pool (SPP). The SPP oversees the bulk electric grid and wholesale power market in the central United States on behalf of a diverse group of utilities and transmission companies in 14 states.

If MWTG enters into an agreement with SPP, the utilities would give control of their transmission facilities to SPP, which will then operate the transmission.

“I appreciate the leadership of Commissioner Koncilja and the Colorado PUC in establishing this informational docket, and especially having a workshop in Denver this week in which Mountain West, SPP, and many of the key stakeholders and experts were able both to share views and build better relationships,” said Phil Jones, a former commissioner with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, who attended the meeting.

The Colorado PUC and the Wyoming Public Service Commission (PSC) plan to conduct future informational meetings. “It is important to have open and candid discussions early about this type of relationship,” noted Bill Russell, chair of the Wyoming PSC, who also led their state’s discussions with another transmission organization, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO).

Commissioner Koncilja concluded the meeting by thanking PSCo, Black Hills Colorado and Tri-State Generation & Transmission for their willingness to participate in the discussion. She also thanked the PUC’s Research & Emerging Issues section for organizing the event.


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The Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the marketplace and is committed to promoting a fair and competitive business environment in Colorado. Consumer protection is our mission. Visit www.colorado.gov/dora for more information or call 303-894-7855/toll free 1-800-886-7675.