August 19, 2002 — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday sued the California Independent System Operator after it missed a deadline to restructure its governing board.

The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court, states that California ISO was ordered to create a new committee by Thursday which would help select a governing board for the market operator. In response, California ISO said it did not intend to comply.

FERC has ordered the governing board to be replaced with a two-tier board, with one group independent and the other group to serve as an advisory group made up of stakeholders. FERC proposed the changes because it said the current board isn’t independent enough.

The ISO filed a motion with FERC Tuesday to stay and rehear the July order. Gov. Gray Davis has spoken publicly against the FERC move and asked the ISO board to defy the order.

To read the order, visit The link will open an Acrobat PDF file.

To go instead to the FERC’s web site, visit

To learn more from the California ISO, visit its web site at