Transmission Services operates and plans for regional and national system needs. Transmission Services coordinates system operation and planning issues with groups such as the Western System Coordinating Council, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. and Electric Power Research Institute. Transmission Services controls the Federal Columbia River Power System and the transmission system, including:
Transmission Services supports real-time dispatch of the system as well as coordinates with internal groups, western utilities and groups needed for reliability, and complex outages. In addition Transmission Services develops systems for the control centers such as automatic generation control, load shedding, reactive switching and remedial action schemes, standards and agreements to support interconnected operations, and manage data generated in real-time. Transmission Services manages BPA's open-access same-time information system (OASIS)
and the Operations Information (OPI) web site
, which provides access to power transmission information.