Manitoba Hydro, Canada’s fourth-largest utility, and the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc. (Midwest ISO) have reached an agreement on participation in the Midwest ISO marking the first time a Canadian Crown provincial utility has entered into an arrangement with a U.S. ISO or RTO, both companies announced today.

This agreement represents the first international extension of a Regional Transmission Organization/ISO.

The co-ordination agreement allows Manitoba Hydro to participate in the Midwest ISO and remain compliant with Canadian law, which precludes Manitoba Hydro from signing the Midwest ISO’s transmission owners’ agreement.

“The Midwest ISO is proud to have worked with Manitoba Hydro to create yet another industry first for regional transmission organizations,” said James P. Torgerson, president and CEO of the Midwest ISO.

“Manitoba Hydro has enjoyed and valued the long standing mutual relationship and membership in MAPP (Mid-Continent Area Power Pool),” said Al Snyder, Vice-President, Transmission and Distribution of Manitoba Hydro. “With this signing Manitoba Hydro expects to similarly develop new and constructive relationships with the MISO staff and the MISO Transmission Owners as we enter the era of Regional Transmission Organizations. Manitoba Hydro appreciates the efforts of the MISO staff and the MISO Transmission Owners in supporting and concluding this agreement.”

Manitoba Hydro is a Crown Corporation, owned by the Province of Manitoba. The utility serves the entire province except for the inner portion of the City of Winnipeg. Manitoba Hydro serves more than 403 000 electricity customers and is the fourth largest electric utility in Canada. It has 11 000 km of transmission lines and 5200 MW of generating capacity, predominantly hydro.