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Spotlight on Cyber Security Version 7 Requirements – Transient Electronic Devices

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight is the second of two articles examining the updates made to five Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards in response to the last open directives from FERC Order 791. Today’s article looks at the sections of the four “Medium/High-Impact” standards governing the protection of Transient Cyber Assets and Removable Media. The first drafts of the four CIP v7 standards related to transient electronic devices are posted on NERC’s web site for a 45 day industry stakeholder review and concurrent ballot....

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Spotlight on CIP-003-7 Draft 1 – Low-Impact Cyber Security Policies

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at first of two articles examining the updates made to five Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards in response to the last open directives from FERC Order 791. Today’s article evaluates CIP-003-7, which modifies the requirements for the creation of cyber security plans applicable to “Low-Impact” BES Cyber Systems. The first drafts of CIP-003-7 and its supporting documentation have been posted on NERC’s web site for a 45 day industry stakeholder review and concurrent ballot. Comments must be...

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Spotlight on FERC’s NOPR to Approve BAL-001-2

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at FERC Docket RM14-15-000 announcing the Commission’s intention to approve BAL-001-2. The NERC standard addresses frequency performance control under normal operating conditions – and which may also have impacts on Generator Owners and Transmission Owners. FERC’s proposal to accept BAL-001-2 is posted for a 60 day public review. Clients have until 1/26/15 to submit comments on the NOPR and the Commission’s concern of the standard’s impact on inadvertent interchange and unscheduled power...

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Spotlight on US Court Ruling Voiding FERC Order 745

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight addresses a ruling by the DC Court of Appeals which fully voids all sections of FERC Order 745. The Court found that economic incentives allotted to customers who reduce electricity consumption encroaches on the states’ exclusive jurisdiction to regulate the retail market. A slow-down in the adoption of demand response has begun to bring question to the industry’s ability to meet state and federal environmental mandates. This could drive FERC to address the U.S. court’s concerns in a new order on the same...

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Spotlight on NERC’s 2014 Long-Term Reliability Assessment

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at NERC’s 2014 Long-Term Reliability Assessment – their latest study on the long term reliability, adequacy, and security of the Bulk Power System. The report offers findings related to reserve margins, environmental regulations, and resource mix that are expected to substantially change the way the BPS planning and operations are executed. In only five years, the resource mix of gas-fired generation has increased from 28% to 40%. Already there are reliability impacts unique to the technology...

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Spotlight on Standards Adopted by NERC’s Board of Trustees

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates 23 Reliability Standards approved by NERC’s Board of Trustees in its November 13 meeting, The LiveWire Compliance team has authored multiple articles on all eight projects over the last year – but now that FERC’s approval is near at hand, we would like to rekindle our Clients’ awareness to their implications. Price:...

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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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