Western Electricity Coordinating Council


Our Culture

Together, we are building a CULTURE that enables us to deliver against our critical reliability mission and provides for personal and professional fulfillment.

At WECC we:

  • Focus on results over completing activities
  • Pursue continuous learning
  • Are accountable
  • Treat everyone as a colleague
  • Seek information and ask for help
  • Embrace the challenges and rewards of change

WECC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to employment equity throughout all levels of the organization. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or veteran status. We welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace.​​​​

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The Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) promotes Bulk Power System reliability in the Western Interconnection. WECC is the Regional Entity responsible for compliance monitoring and enforcement. In addition, WECC provides an environment for the development of Reliability Standards and the coordination of the operating and planning activities of its members as set forth in the WECC Bylaws.

WECC is geographically the largest and most diverse of the seven Regional Entities with delegated authority from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The WECC Region extends from Canada to Mexico and includes the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, the northern portion of Baja California, Mexico, and all or portions of the 14 Western states between.

Our Mission

To effectively and efficiently reduce risks to the reliability and security of the Western Interconnection's Bulk Power System.

Our Vision

A highly reliable and secure Bulk Power System

The Reliability Assessment and Performance Analysis (RAPA) Program​ produces and distributes credible data, information, and analyses that are essential to the reliable planning and operation of the Bulk Electric System in the Western Interconnection. This planning data and information is used by WECC members in their own reliability and planning studies. The integration of WECC’s Interconnection-wide view and individual member planning efforts enhances WECC’s overall ability to participate in and respond to the major planning and public policy issues emerging both in the Western Interconnection and nationally. Planning studies are performed for near-term use, and also for the 10- and 20-year horizons. These studies provide observations and recommendations to members and other decision makers throughout the West.

The Situational Awareness Program maintains real-time awareness about the conditions of the Bulk Electric System in the Western Interconnection. As required under WECC’s Delegation Agreement and NERC’s Rules of Procedures, WECC Operations staff reviews events and communicates potential threats to Bulk Electric System reliability.

WECC’s Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP) monitors and enforces compliance with mandatory reliability standards approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and by authorities in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada and Baja California, Mexico. Compliance staff recommends the registration of entities for applicable functions to NERC, assisting in the registration process, ensuring there are no omissions in the registration of entities in the Western Interconnection, and helping resolve registration disputes. Compliance staff monitors Registered Entities for compliance with the standards. When reliability standards have been violated, WECC’s Compliance Enforcement staff reviews, monitors, and verifies mitigation plans filed by Registered Entities to correct violations. Enforcement staff also determines, as appropriate, proposed penalties for alleged violations and conducts settlement negotiations with Registered Entities when requested.

WECC develops and implements Regional Reliability Standards​ for the Western Interconnection. Regional Entities are permitted to draft Regional Reliability Standards that are only applicable to that Region using subject matter experts acquainted with the physical or operational differences of the local high-voltage grid. WECC also develops Regional Criteria and Regional Business Practices and participates in the NERC Reliability Standards Development Procedure.

Our Core Values

​​     Integrity: We are honest, ethical and trustworthy. We honor our commitments. We take personal responsibility for our actions. We treat everyone fairly and with respect.

     Teamwork: We recognize our strength is derived from collaborative efforts. We continually learn, and share ideas and knowledge. We encourage cooperative efforts across all activities in the Western Interconnection.

     Excellence: We strive for continuous quality improvement in all that we do.

     Inclusiveness: We foster an open and participatory environment that encourages innovative ideas and diverse perspectives from all stakeholders.

     ​Professionalism: We conduct ourselves with skill, good judgment and polite behavior across all committees, forums and stakeholder interactions.

Meaningful Work

The average customer in the Western Interconnection pays about 50 cents annually for WECC’s products and services. The value we add can be seen most clearly in the uninterrupted, day-to-day flow of electricity to our homes, places of employment, and communities. That is reliability - and it is at the heart of everything we do.

Employee Benefits

WECC offers a generous benefits package that includes:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Short- and long-term disability
  • Life insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • 401(k) with match
  • Paid time off
  • Paid holidays
  • Tuition reimbursement

WECC has also incorporated unique benefits, including a comprehensive wellness program that includes wellness fairs, free health screenings, flu shots, and on-site fitness room and more.​

WECC’s Engineering Program will hire newly graduated electrical engineers to initially rotate through positions in our Reliability Planning and Performance Analysis and Compliance departments. New engineers will gain experience in all areas of the organization and learn first-hand the type of work we perform at WECC and the impact we have on the Western Interconnection. These positions are full-time and are eligible for our full benefit package.​​​

WECC has a long history of assuring reliability in the West that began when it was originally formed in 1967 by 40 power systems, then known as the Western Systems Coordinating Council (WSCC). Thirty-five years later in 2002, the WSCC became WECC when three regional transmission associations merged. WECC was designated a Regional Entity for the Western Interconnection in 2007 after the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) delegated some of the authority it had received from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to create, monitor and enforce reliability standards.

Today, WECC is an independent organization that works with entities across the West to further the common theme of grid reliability. Through its various reliability-related activities, WECC provides critical support to the Reliability Coordinator and the resource owners/operators throughout the Western Interconnection. WECC’s strength and value lie it its ability to consistently leverage the Interconnection-wide perspective in its day-to-day activities, as well as its forward-thinking products and services.​​​