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Spotlight on Dispersed Generation Resources High Priority Standards Draft 2

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at Draft 2 of the Dispersed Generation Standards. This includes three standards – PRC-004, PRC-005, and VAR-002 – where the owners/operators of dispersed renewable resources (i.e.; solar arrays, wind farms) are greatly affected by the new Definition of the BES. Draft 2 of the dispersed generation resources standards are available for a 45 day review and concurrent ballot. Clients have until 10/16/14 comment and vote on the updated VAR-002 standards, 10/22/14 for the PRC-004 ones. Price:...

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Spotlight on TPL-007-1 Draft 3 – Planned Performance During Geomagnetic Disturbances

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight reviews the third draft of TPL-007-1, the NERC standard governing the simulation of geomagnetically induced currents (GIC) that may threaten the integrity of the Bulk Electric System. Primarily, the drafting team has adjusted the implementation timeline in response to feedback that 4 years is not sufficient to develop an approach addressing a phenomena which is presently poorly understood TPL-007-1 Draft 3 and its supporting documentation have been posted on the NERC web site for a 45 day review and concurrent...

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Spotlight on Proposed Changes to NERC’s Rules of Procedure – Risk-Based Registration

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines NERC’s proposed updates to various sections and appendices of the Rules of Procedure. Their intent is to align the rules with NERC’s risk-based efficiency program and the new definition of the Bulk Electric System. NERC’s updated Rules of Procedure related to risk-based registration and the supporting documentation have been posted for a 45 day review. Comments are due on October 10, 2014. Price:...

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Spotlight on PRC-026-1 Draft 2 – Relay Performance During Stable Power Swings

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight addresses PRC-026-1 Draft 2 – the final standard to be developed under Project 2010-13 “Relay Loadability”. When it takes effect, PRC-026-1 will govern the performance of load responsive relays protecting generators, transmission lines, and transformers during stable and unstable power swings. The second draft of PRC-026-1 and its supporting documentation have been posted on the NERC web site for industry stakeholder review and concurrent ballot. Clients have until October 6, 2014 to submit...

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Spotlight on PRC-006-2 – Underfrequency Load Shedding Draft 1

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight is concerned with the initial posting of PRC-006-2, the modified underfrequency load shedding standard. It has been developed in response to FERC Order 763 – addressing a concern that the time allotted by PCs to implement corrections after a UFLS performance assessment would not be binding to the affected Distribution Providers and Transmission Owners. The initial draft of PRC-006-2 is posted for a 45 day industry stakeholder review and concurrent ballot. Clients have until October 8, 2014 to return...

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Spotlight on BAL-002-2 – Disturbance Control Performance Draft 5

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at BAL-002-2 Draft 5 – the updated posting of the Disturbance Control Performance (DCP) standard. It is intended to establish consistency in the calculation of reserves needed to ride through the worst possible Disturbance and the evaluation of performance during a balancing contingency The fifth draft of BAL-002-2 and its supporting materials have been posted for a 45 day review period with a concurrent ballot. Clients have until October 2, 2014 to return their feedback to the project team and...

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Spotlight on FERC Docket IN14-7-000 – Imperial Irrigation District Penalty

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at FERC Docket IN14-7-000, which publicly announces the results of FERC’s settlement with the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) for an outage affecting south Arizona, California, and Baja Mexico in September of 2011. IID was levied a $3,000,000 fine for their failure to properly plan for a single contingency event – enabling a wide-area cascade affecting 2.7 million customers for 12+ hours. The settlement with the Imperial Irrigation District was finalized with the release of FERC Docket IN14-7-000. The...

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Spotlight on NERC Lessons Learned – Future Violations

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines six NERC’s Lessons Learned posted over the the last two months alerting Registered Entities of issues that may pose a risk to their facilities. Each addresses a failure mechanism that may not result in a violation under the existing body of NERC standards – but will in the near future. Once the standards in question take effect, Clients should expect an upsurge in reliability violations while the industry adjusts to them. If outages continue to result from these types of failures, FERC may consider...

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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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