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Spotlight on CIP-014-1 Initial Draft – Physical Security

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the initial posting of CIP-014-1; the NERC standard addressing physical attacks on transmission facilities that, if damaged or destroyed, could threaten wide-area electricity service. It consists of six major requirements, each with one or more sub-requirements, directing Transmission Owners and Operators to identify and eliminate potential vulnerabilities. The initial draft of CIP-014-1 along with its supporting documentation have been posted for a 15 day review and consecutive ballot. Clients have...

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Spotlight on NERC Lessons Learned – Protection and Control System Failures

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at four NERC Lessons Learned posted during 1Q2014 alerting Registered Entities of issues that may pose a risk to their facilities. They address unusual, but informative, protection and control system malfunctions that may have been avoided if detected early on. Protection and control system failures pose a major service risk, and continues to be a top regulatory concern. These Lessons Learned capture the seriousness of the threats, which will only grow as more smart technology is deployed. Price:...

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Spotlight on PRC-010-1 – Undervoltage Load Shedding Draft 2

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines the second draft of PRC-010-1 – which consolidates four existing standards addressing wide-area systems that shed load in response to undervoltage conditions. It consists of eight requirements that will transition the Automatic UVLS Program ownership to the planning entities from the Regions and the equipment owners. The second draft of PRC-010-1 and its supporting materials are posted for an informal 30-day industry stakeholder review. Clients may return comments back to the project team until...

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Quarterly Report – 2014 Q1

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Quarterly Reports | 0 comments

Attached is the LiveWire NERC Compliance Solutions Quarterly Report for 4/1/2014. It includes a summary of the Projects, Standards, and Requirements impacted during the last three months due to actions by the Standards Drafting Teams, NERC, and FERC. Price:...

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Spotlight on VAR-002-3 Draft 3 – Maintaining Network Voltage Schedules

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the latest posting of VAR-002-3, the NERC standard governing how Generator Owners and Operators must support voltage at the point of interconnection with the transmission system. It consists of six requirements calling for adherence to the Transmission Operator’s specification of the generator voltage control mode, voltage/reactive schedules, status notification process, and transformer tap settings. The third draft of VAR-002-3 and its supporting documentation have been posted for stakeholder review...

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Spotlight on Project 2010-04 Demand Data (MOD C) Draft 3

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at Project 2010-04 – which consolidates five MOD standards into one (MOD-031-1) in an effort to eliminate redundancy and overlap with other mandatory data collection processes. This is the third posting of the NERC standard governing the collection of demand and energy data used in reliability studies. MOD-031-1 Draft 3 and its supporting documentation have been posted for industry stakeholder review and concurrent ballot. Clients have until April 10, 2014 to return comments and vote on the...

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LiveWire Spotlight on Physical Security Order

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

This LiveWire Special Supplement looks at Project 2014-04, a highly accelerated development effort ordered by FERC earlier this month. In it, the Commission has given NERC 90 days to submit an industry-vetted Reliability Standard that addresses security plans designed to protect against attacks to BES critical facilities. The initial SAR for Project 2010-04 has been posted for a seven day industry stakeholder review. Clients have until March 28, 2014 to return comments on the posting. Price:...

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Spotlight on Periodic Review of the BAL Standards

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the NERC’s five-year performance assessment – the second since being certified as the Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) by FERC in July, 2006. In it, NERC self-assesses their progress against the ERO Strategic Plan – addressing standards reform, the Reliability Assurance Initiative (RAI), electric system risks, the revised BES definition, and the deployment of databases/controls necessary to oversee the Regional Entities. The ERO’s five-year performance assessment and supporting...

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Spotlight on The ERO’s Five-Year Performance Assessment

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the NERC’s five-year performance assessment – the second since being certified as the Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) by FERC in July, 2006. In it, NERC self-assesses their progress against the ERO Strategic Plan – addressing standards reform, the Reliability Assurance Initiative (RAI), electric system risks, the revised BES definition, and the deployment of databases/controls necessary to oversee the Regional Entities. The ERO’s five-year performance assessment and supporting...

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

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the SAR for Project 2014-03, the initial development effort addressing FERC’s proposal to remand NERC’s Reliability Coordination and Transmission Operations projects. The project team expects to retain the goals of the two original projects – primarily to reduce redundancy and administrative overhead – while also fulfilling FERC’s directives. In addition, they may take on the objectives of Project 2009-02 “Real-time Monitoring and Analysis Capabilities” which has a natural linkage to RC/TOP...

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