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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Recent Blackout Highlights Issues With Nation’s Power Grid

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…

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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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FERC and NERC Release Task Force Report on Southwest Outages

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) today released a staff report making recommendations to help prevent a recurrence of rolling blackouts and natural gas curtailments experienced by customers in the Southwest during extreme cold weather the first week of February 2011. Concluding a…

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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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