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​Midwest Reliability Organization finds no possible violations

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Midwest Reliability Organization published its findings from a compliance audit of Western Area Power Administration-Upper Great Plains. The audit, which is performed every three years, found no possible violations or compliance exceptions.

"We are very pleased with the finds of the audit," said WAPA Administrator and CEO Mark A. Gabriel. "WAPA remains committed to using best practices to ensure reliability of the electrical grid."

MRO conducted a compliance audit of W​APA's UGP for the time period April 27, 2013, through February, 28, 2016. The audit was conducted for MRO and on behalf of Western Electricity Coordinating Council. The audit scope included the applicable Reliability Standards from the 2016 Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program.

Entities that own, operate, or use the Bulk Electric System in North America are subject to compliance audits for applicable Reliability Standards based upon their registered functions. The primary audit objectives are to:

  • Provide reasonable assurance of compliance to the identified applicable Reliability Standards.
  • Provide a reasonable basis for all determinations of any findings or conclusions.
  • Evaluate and identify the internal controls utilized by the registered entity for performance measurement(s) within their compliance program.

The Upper Great Plains Region owns and/or operates nearly 9,000 miles of transmission line and over 200 substations in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, western Minnesota, western Iowa, and northern Missouri encompassing approximately 320,000 square miles of service territory.​


About WAPA: Western Area Power Administration annually markets and transmits more than 25,000 gigawatt hours of clean, renewable power from 56 federal hydroelectric power plants owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 15 western and central states. It is part of the Department of Energy. Follow us on Twitter @WesternAreaPowr or visit the website at​

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