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OMS History

Federal energy policies throughout the 1990s increased regionalization of the electric industry through the advent of wholesale energy markets and development of Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators to facilitate fair and open access to the transmission grid.  To address the increased workload of following these evolving issues, multi-state organizations of retail utility regulators called Regional State Committees (RSC) were formed to pool the work and increase the influence of the state regulators.
The Organization of MISO States is an RSC that was formed in June of 2003 by the regulators from fourteen Midwestern states and the province of Manitoba that had member utilities in what was then named the Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO).  As MISO’s (later changed to Midcontinent Independent System Operator) membership changed, the makeup of OMS did as well.  In December 2013, OMS welcomed its five newest members from the south to achieve its current construct when the Entergy Region joined MISO.

Tricia DeBleeckere
Tricia DeBleeckereExecutive Director

Direct Line: 515-207-3550
tricia@misostates.org
Tricia DeBleeckere began working with the Organization of MISO States in May 2024 following her role with MISO as the Director of State Policy and Strategy. Prior to MISO, Tricia worked for the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for 15-years as a Commission advisor and analyst on integrated resource, transmission and distribution system planning, facility siting and need, cost recovery, and competitive procurements. Prior to government work, Tricia spent 7-years consulting on FERC and state regulatory filings for natural gas, ethanol, and manufacturing clients. Tricia has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota and is pursuing a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas Permian Basin.
Brad Pope
Brad PopeDirector of Legal and Regulatory Affairs

Direct Line: 515-207-3551
brad@misostates.org
Brad Pope joined the Organization of MISO States in June of 2022 following six and a half years with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. At the IURC, Brad served as Sr. Administrative Law Judge where he presided over electric, natural gas, and water proceedings and drafted orders for IURC approval. In an earlier role, he served as Assistant General Counsel where he focused on regional and federal energy issues in collaboration with OMS. Brad earned a law degree from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law with a Certificate in Energy & Environmental Law and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Purdue University.
Amanda Slaton
Amanda SlatonOffice Manager

Direct Line: 515-243-0742
amanda@misostates.org
Amanda Slaton, formerly Wood, began working with the Organization of MISO States in December of 2020. Since being with OMS she has planned numerous events and increased engagement with our members. Prior to her role with OMS she worked for The Pebble Beach Company in hotel operations. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an Option in Management from California State University, Chico.

 

Our mission

The purpose of the OMS is to coordinate regulatory oversight among the states; making recommendations to the Midcontinent Independent System Transmission Operator (MISO), the MISO Board of Directors, the FERC, other relevant government entities, and state commissions as appropriate; and intervening in proceedings before the FERC and in related judicial proceedings to express the positions of the OMS.