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Sacramento Municipal Utility District Signs WECC Reliability Management System Agreement.

SALT LAKE CITY -- Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is the latest signatory to WECC's landmark reliability program, the Reliability Management System (RMS). The addition of SMUD brings the number of electricity control areas under the system to 26.

The RMS program promotes system reliability by requiring entities to comply with certain regional reliability criteria. The program is contract-based and includes the possibility of monetary and non-monetary sanctions for noncompliance. Participation in RMS is voluntary but the program continues to grow.

In an Oct. 25, 2004 letter accompanying the signed RMS agreement, SMUD System Operation & Reliability Manager, Douglas H. Calvert, wrote, "SMUD is pleased to be a party to the agreements as we recognize that reliability within WECC is of the utmost importance."

"Our Reliability Management System has taken on increased significance since the August 2003 Eastern blackout," said WECC CEO Louise McCarren. "Having SMUD as a full participant in the RMS is another important step in helping WECC fulfill its reliability mission for the people and industries of California and throughout the West."

The RMS program was pioneered in the Western Interconnection to meet the reliability goals of utilities, electricity customers, generators and regulators. RMS' combination of voluntary participation with an enforceable reliability compliance program has become the model for the industry throughout North America. Since its implementation on Sept. 1, 1999, 50 organizations have become signatories of RMS. Load control centers bound by RMS criteria now encompass 93% of the customer load in the WECC region.

WECC -- one of the 10 electric reliability councils in North America, encompassing a geographic area equivalent to over half the United States -- is responsible for promoting electric system reliability and providing a forum for coordinating the operating and planning activities of its 161 member organizations. The members, representing all segments of the electric industry, provide electricity to 71 million people in 14 western states, two Canadian provinces, and portions of one Mexican state.
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