Grid Reliability: Challenges and Opportunities

A host of market forces has raised concerns about the uncertain future for the nation’s electric grid. Growing renewable energy capacity and energy efficiency improvements, combined with smart grid capabilities, however, can provide new options that can improve resiliency, reliability and financial incentives with distributed generation technologies. This session featured energy and grid experts who shared their expertise from a federal, regional, private sector and academic perspective and explored these complex issues before policymakers. They also discussed states' roles in meeting future challenges and opportunities facing the nation’s transmission and distribution system.

CSG Energy & Environment Public Policy Committee
September 21, 2013
 
A host of market forces has raised concerns about the uncertain future for the nation’s electric grid. Growing renewable energy capacity and energy efficiency improvements, combined with smart grid capabilities, however, can provide new options that can improve resiliency, reliability and financial incentives with distributed generation technologies. This session featured energy and grid experts who shared their expertise from a federal, regional, private sector and academic perspective and explored these complex issues before policymakers. They also discussed states' roles in meeting future challenges and opportunities facing the nation’s transmission and distribution system.
 
Presentation by Brian Rybarik, Regional Director, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO)
 
 

Brian Rybarik
Brian Rybarik is Regional Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs for the Mid-Continent Independent transmission System Operator (MISO). MISO manages one of the world’s largest energy markets and ensures reliable operation of, and equal access to,high-voltage power lines in 15 U.S. states, the Canadian province of ManitobaMISO and the City of New Orleans. Approved as the nation's first regional transmission organization in 2001, MISO is a not-for-profit 501(C)(4) organization governed by an independent Board of Directors and is headquartered in Carmel, Indiana. Prior to joining MISO, Mr. Rybarik served several roles at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, including serving as the Commission’s first Wholesale Energy Markets Advisor as well as policy and legal advisor to former Commissioner Lauren Azar. Prior to his public service, Mr. Rybarik held the position of Legal Counsel and Manager of Regulatory Affairs for a Wisconsin state-wide trade association and was an associate at the law firm Michael Best & Friedrich.Brian received both his Bachelors and Law Degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.