ReliabilityFirst is a nonprofit company incorporated in the State of Delaware, which began operations on January 1, 2006. ReliabilityFirst's mission is to preserve and enhance electric service reliability and security for the interconnected electric systems within the ReliabilityFirst geographic area.
On July 20, 2006, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) was certified as the Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) in the United States, pursuant to Section 215 of the Federal Power Act of 2005. Included in this certification was a provision for the ERO to delegate authority for the purpose of proposing and enforcing reliability standards by entering into delegation agreements with regional entities. ReliabilityFirst is one of the eight approved Regional Entities in North America, under the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).
Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, ReliabilityFirst's primary responsibilities include developing reliability standards and monitoring compliance to those reliability standards for all owners, operators and users of the bulk electric system and providing seasonal and long-term assessments of bulk electric system reliability within the Region. ReliabilityFirst Member companies operate in thirteen states including the District of Columbia.