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Spotlight on Dispersed Generation Resources Medium Priority Standards Draft 1

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates the second grouping of standards updates under Project 2014-01 specifically directed at the owners/operators of dispersed renewable resources (i.e.; solar arrays, wind farms). The intent of the project is to provide relief wherever the new Definition of the BES has created inadvertent inconsistencies in the application of GO/GOP requirements to renewables. The three medium priority dispersed generation standards, PRC-001-1.1(X), PRC-019-2, and PRC-024-2 are available for a 45 day review and...

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Spotlight on NERC’s 2014 Grid Security Conference

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines NERC’s 2014 Grid Security Conference, the fourth annual gathering of cyber and physical security experts dedicated to the evaluation of emerging BES security trends, policies, and lessons learned. The conferees explored technical and regulatory solutions in response to the increasingly sophisticated attack vectors employed by hostiles. The intense focus on the security of the energy infrastructure shows no sign of slowing. If anything, the findings from incidents that take place over the next year or...

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Spotlight on PRC-026-1 Draft 3 – Relay Performance During Stable Power Swings

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines PRC-026-3 Draft 3, the NERC standard that looks to establish minimum trip settings to prevent load relays from reacting too quickly to stable and unstable power swings. The standard must be submitted to FERC by December 31, 2014. The previous draft fell thirteen percentage points short of approval; a significant shortfall. . The third draft of PRC-026-1 and its supporting documentation have been posted for a 21 day industry stakeholder review period and concurrent ballot. Clients have until November...

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Spotlight on TPL-007-1 Draft 4 – Planned Performance During Geomagnetic Disturbances

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks TPL-007-1 Draft 4. This is a fast track posting of the NERC standard governing the simulation of geomagnetically induced currents (GIC) that may threaten the integrity of the Bulk Electric System. . TPL-007-1 Draft 4 and its supporting documentation have been posted on the NERC web site for a 25 day review and concurrent ballot. Clients have until November 21, 2014 to return comments to the project team and vote on the standard. Price:...

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Spotlight on Technical Conferences on Situational Awareness

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at recent conferences held in Philadelphia and Denver to assess the role of monitoring and state estimation capabilities in BES reliability – and how technology is transforming their performance. The conferences extensively focused on the effectiveness of design, change control, and backup strategies that best ensure world class situational awareness. Most presenters acknowledged that EMS and SCADA availability are excellent at the moment, but expects new challenges to monitoring performance will arise...

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Spotlight on NERC’s Fourth Annual TFE Report

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight inspects the latest continent-wide analysis of the use of Technical Feasibility Exceptions (TFEs) and their effect on BES reliability. The report provides hard numbers illustrating where and when the TFE process has been applied over the twelve month period beginning July 1, 2013. Up to this point, FERC has declined to act on requests from some CEAs to direct the replacement of deficient equipment with ERO-certified equivalents. This should not change as long as TFEs continue to decline in number. Price:...

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Spotlight on CIP Version 5 Implementation Study

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight outlines the concepts underlying two of the four key process blocks that make up NERC’s Reliability Assurance Initiative (RAI). First, the Inherent Risk Assessment (IRA) Guide outlines the risk factors a Compliance Enforcement Authority (CEA) should consider in order to determine a Registered Entity’s level of threat to the Bulk Electric System. Second, the Internal Control Evaluation (ICE) Guide describes how a CEA evaluates the mitigation practices Registered Entities use to address their inherent risk. Even...

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Spotlight on Two New RAI Guidance Documents

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight outlines the concepts underlying two of the four key process blocks that make up NERC’s Reliability Assurance Initiative (RAI). First, the Inherent Risk Assessment (IRA) Guide outlines the risk factors a Compliance Enforcement Authority (CEA) should consider in order to determine a Registered Entity’s level of threat to the Bulk Electric System. Second, the Internal Control Evaluation (ICE) Guide describes how a CEA evaluates the mitigation practices Registered Entities use to address their inherent risk. Even...

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Spotlight on NERC Analysis – Grid Shows Resilience during Polar Vortex

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines NERC’s analysis of the record cold snap that took place between January 6-8 – one of several related to the polar vortex. The data shows that electric system response was improved over previous events, although there were still some valuable lessons learned for the future. The promise of further success in addressing BPS performance under extreme winter conditions may prompt FERC to take regulatory action. In particular, the assurance of natural gas fuel availability is a top priority for the...

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Spotlight on the High Priority Review of TOP-001-3

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the third posting of TOP-001-3 – the one remaining IRO/TOP standard from the original nine addressed under Project 2014-03. All others have reached the 2/3 approval level required by NERC’s standards development process. TOP-001-3 Draft 3 and its supporting documentation has been posted for a 30 day review and concurrent ballot. Clients have until November 10, 2014 to provide comments back to the drafting team and vote on the standards. Price:...

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