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FERC Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemakin...

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 Bulk-Power System. GMDs occur when solar storms on...

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 industry are working towards...

Changes in NERC Reliability Standards FA...

By Debra Roby, Alan Robbins & Daniel Cooper Entities that are included on the NERC Compliance Registry as either a Generator Owner (GO) or Transmission Owner (TO) should be preparing for changes in the NERC Reliability standards FAC-008 and FAC-009. The changes will require at least some modifications to the registered entity’s FAC-008 (Facility Ratings Methodology)...

Recent Blackout Highlights Issues With N...

Experts say the cascading blackout [1] that put millions of Westerners in the dark last week was no surprise: Major power outages have more than doubled in the last decade. “This is just evidence that we need a smarter, better, more secure system,” said Massoud Amin, director of the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota, who has analyzed federal...

FERC Takes Steps to Support Reliability ...

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 interim step, FERC said in...

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