CAISO has extended its in-person meeting restrictions through June 15, or until further notice. The restrictions include in-person meetings and tours of the facilities and off-site venues. All non-essential travel for CAISO employees is also suspended. CAISO said they will continue to host meetings using teleconference or webinars when possible.
In a statement, CAISO President and CEO, Steve Berberich, said, “Like businesses across the US in this historic time, the ISO has had to adapt to dramatic changes in our homes, workplaces, and communities in the past month. The ISO staff is continually rising to the challenges with dedication, flexibility, and innovation. We are committed to protect staff and stakeholders, to analyze and communicate the shifts in energy use, and above all, keep electricity flowing.”
In addition to limiting in-person business, the CAISO also decided to cancel its Symposium:
“Given legal and practical restrictions resulting from this pandemic, including potential ongoing travel and large event restrictions, the ISO had no choice but to cancel its 2020 Stakeholder Symposium, scheduled for Oct. 29 and 30 in San Diego. We regret having to do so.”
The annual event was scheduled to be held in San Diego, as Sacramento’s Convention Center was being renovated. In addition to the CAISO Symposium, the California Municipal Utilities Association canceled its annual conference, an event that was initially scheduled for April, and then was postponed due to the pandemic.