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Spotlight on NERC’s Cyber Security Transition Guidance

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates NERC’s Cyber Security Transition Guidance which explain how Responsible Entities can implement the Version 5 cyber security (CIP) standards in a manner acceptable to the ERO’s Compliance and Enforcement organization. CIP V5 Transition Guidance describes how CIP V5 requirements can serve as a proxy for their CIP V3 counterparts during the transition period. V3-V5 Compatibility Tables capture those V5 requirements in a spreadsheet that are “new” or “mostly compatible” with V3 – one tab for each CIP...

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Spotlight on Project 2014-03 – Draft 2 Revisions to TOP and IRO Standards

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spark looks at the second posting of the nine IRO and TOP standards managed under NERC Project 2014-03. This initiative addresses FERC’s remand of the original standards – ordering the restoration of requirements for TOPs and RCs to plan and operate within all System Operating Limits. The second draft of the TOP and IRO standards have been posted for a 45 day review and concurrent ballot. Clients have until September 19, 2014 to provide comments back to the drafting team and vote on the standards. Price:...

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Spotlight on FERC’s Approval of the Voltage and Reactive Standards

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines FERC Docket RD14-11-000, which orders the uncontested approval of two updated NERC standards that govern the control of voltage and reactive flows within the Bulk Electric System. VAR-001-4 identifies the Transmission Operator’s obligations to develop and distribute voltage/reactive specifications, forecast support resource needs, and manage Real-time adherence within their operating footprint. VAR-002-3 requires Generator Owners and Operators to provide voltage and reactive support at the point of...

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Spotlight on PRC-005-X Draft 2 – Sudden Pressure Relay Maintenance

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates PRC-005-X Draft 2, the latest posting of NERC’s maintenance standard incorporating the upkeep of sudden pressure relays. In it, the project team makes two material updates to Draft 1 in a bid to improve the rather low 47.89% approval percentage returned from the initial ballot. Draft 2 of PRC-005-X has been posted for an industry stakeholder 45 day review and concurrent ballot. Clients have until September 12, 2014 to provide comments back to the drafting team and vote on the latest updates to the...

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Spotlight on FERC Order 799 to Approve the Relay Loadability Standards

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines FERC Order 799, which approves without modification two NERC standards that establish load-responsive relay settings for generator and transmission systems. PRC-025-1: Provides the settings criteria for relays that protect generators, step-up transformers, and auxiliary transformers. PRC-023-3: Outlines the corresponding transmission system criteria – although modified to eliminate overlap with load relays used in generation systems. PRC-023-3 and PRC-025-1 take effect in the U.S. on October 1, 2014....

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Spotlight on FERC’s NOPR to Approve PRC-005-3 – Protection System Maintenance

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at FERC Docket RM14-8-000, which publicly states their intention to approve PRC-005-3. The Commission has found that PRC-005-3 meets the intent of FERC Order 758, which directed NERC to develop requirements governing recloser maintenance activities and intervals – even though the device function is normally considered a control, not a protective, concern. FERC Docket RM14-8-000 is posted for public review. Clients have until 9/22/14 to submit their comments to the Commission’s NOPR to accept PRC-005-3...

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Spotlight on FERC’s NOPR to approve CIP-014-1 – Physical Security

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at FERC Docket RM14-15-000, which announces the intention of the Commission to approve CIP-014-1. This is the NERC standard addressing physical attacks on key transmission facilities – directing Transmission Owners and Operators to identify and eliminate potential vulnerabilities to military-style assaults. FERC’s proposal to accept CIP-014-1 is posted for public review. Clients have until 9/22/14 to submit comments on the NOPR and the potential for rulings which could drive further modifications...

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Spotlight on Draft 2 SAR for Project 2010-14.2 – BAL Periodic Review Revisions

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates the Draft 2 SAR for Project 2010-14.2 – which looks to update BAL-005-0.2b and BAL-006-2 based upon the periodic review conducted by NERC. The drafting team has openly raised several considerations regarding both standards that may impact the fundamental application of balancing principles and the compliance method. The second draft of the Standards Authorization Request for Project 2010-14.2 has been posted on the NERC website for a 30 day review period. Comments must be returned to the...

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Spotlight on EOP-011-1 – Emergency Operations Draft 2

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight addresses the second draft of EOP-011-1 – the NERC standard which will replace EOP-001-2.1b, EOP-002-3.1, and EOP-003-2 after regulatory approval. In it, the project team clearly separates the roles and responsibilities of Balancing Authorities and Transmission Operators in the development and execution of emergency plans – a major weakness in the existing standards. EOP-011-1 Draft 2 has been posted on the NERC website for a 45 day formal industry stakeholder review and concurrent ballot. Comments must...

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Spotlight on PRC-010-1 – Undervoltage Load Shedding Draft 3

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines PRC-010-1 Draft 3 – which consolidates four existing standards governing Protection Systems that shed load in response to undervoltage conditions. The project team has modified the previous draft in response to industry feedback, primarily to add clarity surrounding the process, responsible entities, and applicable Protection Systems. The third draft of PRC-010-1 is posted for a 45-day industry stakeholder review and concurrent ballot. Clients have until August 7, 2014 to return their comments...

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