What do MISO and Motown have in Common?

Lots…Well two for sure!

Detroit, also known as Motown, is the birth place of a style of soul music with a distinct pop influence. During the 1960s, Motown achieved spectacular success for a small record company: 79 records in the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100 record chart between 1960 and 1969! Motown Artists include: Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Diana Ross, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, and The Four Tops just to name quite a few!

As you’ve likely heard in the media, Motown (Detroit) is in the midst of undergoing major changes to revive its economy and former glory – trying to find new ways to meet the needs of its citizens, businesses and visitors in an effort to recover from significant long term challenges.

MISO recently held its 2016 Annual Stakeholders Meeting in Motown (Detroit) June 21-23, 2016 with approximately 325 attendees! This annual event offers the opportunity for Stakeholders and MISO representatives including MISO’s Board of Directors to come together for discussions, idea generation and updates about our industry.  Motown was a great host for the meeting and offered several fun activities.

Michigan’s Governor, the Honorable Rick Snyder addressed “The Utility of the Future” as this year’s keynote speaker. Specifically, Governor Snyder talked about the impacts of the shift from coal to gas and renewable generation and the Clean Power Plan regulations. He also voiced concerns with providing reliable electricity with ageing infrastructure and equipment as well as the threats and opportunities presented by disruptive technologies and distributed energy resource deployment.

Also for the first time, a MISO Advisory Committee meeting was part of the Annual Stakeholders meeting. This offered additional efficiencies and the chance for increased participation. MISO also released the results of its recent Stakeholder Process Redesign. The objective of which was to streamline and reduce the complexity of MISO’s stakeholder process. Some key features of the redesign offer improvements in efficiencies, governance, issue identification and strategic priorities. The improved design supports MISO’s vision of being the most reliable and value creating RTO.

So what do Motown and MISO have in common? Both begin with the letter M and like Motown, MISO is finding ways to address big changes.

The MISO Annual Meeting is an excellent way to learn more about MISO and our Industry – so if you did not attend this year please consider attending in the future—we are sure that you will enjoy!

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