FERC Conditionally Approves Risk-based Electric System Reliability Registration

  On March 19, 2015, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an order in Docket No. RR15-4 (the “Order”) addressing a proposal by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (“NERC”) to implement a Risked-Based Registration (“RBR”) proposal. The goal of NERC’s RBR proposal is to achieve an effective application…

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Ready for the New Bulk Electric System Definition?

      The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and its electric utility industry stakeholders are nearing the effective date of a definition that is critical to the role of NERC and everyone involved in the electric utility industry.  That critical definition is the definition of the Bulk Electric…

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FERC Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for NERC Standard on Geomagnetic Disturbances

On January 16, 2014, the FERC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to approve NERC Reliability Standard EOP-010-1. The proposed standard is the first step in implementing Order No. 779, where the Commission directed NERC to develop reliability standards aimed at mitigating the effects of geomagnetic disturbances (“GMDs”) on the…

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Defining the Bulk Electric System

A Difficult Process Approaches a Critical Deadline A low profile, but very significant, process involving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and participants in the electric utility industry is approaching a critical time point. Driven by FERC directive and timeline, NERC and the…

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FERC’s Adoption of Revised Definition of Bulk Electric System Warrants Fresh Look at Company Compliance Programs

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) ended the year 2012 by approving a major new rule affecting electric industry compliance with mandatory reliability standards.  Specifically, on December 20, 2012, FERC issued a final rule revising the definition of the Bulk Electric System (“BES”) — which is a cornerstone for compliance…

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NERC Posts Third Quarter 2011 Vegetation-Related Transmission Outage Report

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation has posted the Vegetation-Related Transmission Outage Report for the second quarter of 2011. The full report is available by following the link below and selecting Vegetation Management Reports. Available at: http://www.nerc.com/files/3Q2011_Vegetation_Report_FINAL.pdf

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WSJ Story: Environmental Regulations Top Risk to Electric Reliability

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal printed a must-read op-ed piece titled “If the Lights Go Out.” Last Tuesday, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) released its annual 1o year energy projections. According to the Wall Street Journal article, “The threat is that the EPA is triggering what NERC calls “an…

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Winter Reliability Outlook Good, Assessment Finds

ATLANTA – The outlook for reliability of the bulk power system this winter appears good, reports the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) annual Winter Reliability Assessment released today. “Based on projected generation and demand and regional self-assessments, the upcoming winter planning reserve margins appear adequate to maintain bulk power…

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NERC Completes First Grid Security Exercise

WASHINGTON, DC – More than 75 industry and government partners participated in the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) first cybersecurity readiness exercise, GridEx 2011, this week. Ending today, the two-day exercise is part of NERC’s ongoing security readiness program to assess NERC and the industry’s crisis response plans and…

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FERC Takes Steps to Support Reliability of Electric Grid

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) took steps to support continued transmission system reliability by proposing revisions to eight critical infrastructure protection reliability standards that include a new method of identifying cyber assets that are critical to the nation’s bulk power grid. The proposed “Version 4” CIP standards are an…

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NERC, FERC Announce Joint Inquiry into Outage

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) today announced a joint inquiry into the September 8 power outage that left more than 1 million customers in Southern California, parts of Arizona and Northern Baja Mexico without electricity. As of 2:15 a.m. PDT today,…

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Agiliance Named a Finalist in Four Categories of the Golden Bridge Awards

Agiliance®, Inc. today announced that the company has been named a finalist for Information Technology Innovation in the categories of FERC / NERC CIP Compliance, Governance, Risk, and Compliance, Information and Security Risk Management, and PCI DSS Compliance for the 2011 Golden Bridge Awards. Agiliance RiskVision™ is a scalable, purpose-built…

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Certrec’s Office of NERC Compliance Solves Several NERC Compliance Challenges for Generation Owner

Ft. Worth, TX (PRWEB) June 29, 2011. Certrec, a leading regulatory licensing and compliance solutions provider, is pleased to announce that a Southeast Generation Owner (GO) overcame several NERC compliance challenges through deployment of Certrec’s Office of NERC Compliance solution. A leading Southeast Generator Owner faced several key NERC compliance…

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NERC Board of Trustees Approves Rules of Procedure Changes

The North American Reliability Corporation (NERC) had its quarterly Board of Trustees meeting on May 11 in Arlington, Va. Gerry Cauley, president and CEO of NERC, welcomed Commissioners John Norris and Cheryl LaFleur of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the NERC Board of Trustees and industry stakeholders.

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FERC, NERC Combining Southwest Outage Inquiry Efforts

FERC and NERC have been sharing information but conducting separate inquiries into the matter. FERC and NERC staffs will issue a joint report on findings and recommendations and present them to the Commission and to the NERC Board of Trustees.

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What’s Happening with NERC Reliability Standards?

Currents Newsletter, Michigan Municipal Electric Association Daniel E. Cooper, P.E. 4.1.11 Reliability has always been an issue for electric utilities. Municipal utilities, with their local connections and close relationships with their customers, have generally prided themselves on their reliable operations. So the new reliability standards shouldn’t be a big deal,…

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