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LiveWire Spotlight on the Periodic Review of the SOL Standards (Project 2015-03)

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines Project 2015-03, the Periodic Review of the SOL Standards – which has re-initiated the open project activity deferred from the FAC evaluation performed in 2013. The project team believes the underlying basis of the SOL standards is obsolete, as it does not account for new tools which can re-calculate limits in Real Time. The initial recommendations from the SOL standards periodic review team have been posted on the NERC website for a 45 day review period. Comments must be returned to the project...

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Spotlight on CMEP Risk Elements – Uncoordinated Protection Systems

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

This LiveWire Spotlight is the first of several articles to be issued over the course of the year examining each Risk Element of NERC’s 2015 Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Implementation Plan. This one looks at “Uncoordinated Protection Systems” which identifies three requirements in PRC-001-1.1 as its focus. The in-effect version of the 2015 CMEP and its supporting materials are posted on various sections of NERC’s web site. The Regional Entities have developed and are executing their specific implementation plans –...

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Spotlight on FERC Order 808 Approving Two COM Standards

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

This LiveWire Spotlight examines FERC Order 808 approving two COM standards governing the interpersonal communications capabilities and protocols used between operating entities. The Commission has found that the updated standards will enhance BPS reliability by establishing the informational exchange framework utilized by front line personnel during normal operations and emergencies. NERC Standard COM-001-2 will take effect in the U.S. on October 1, 2015. By that date, operations entities must have compliant interpersonal communications in...

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Spotlight on ERO Event Analysis Process Document Revision 3

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

This LiveWire Spotlight looks at Revision 3 of the ERO Event Analysis process document and its appendices. In it, the Event Analysis Subcommittee has proposed minor revisions to the list of event reporting categories based on three years of experience with the program. The initial draft of the ERO Event Analysis Process Version 3 has been posted for review by industry stakeholders. Clients have until May 30, 2015 to submit their comments to the drafting team at eascomments@nerc.net. Price:...

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Spotlight on FERC Order 810 Approving BAL-001-2

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at FERC Order 810 announcing the approval of BAL-001-2 – replacing the NERC standard addressing frequency performance control under normal operating conditions. The Commission leaves the requirements, measures, VRFs, and VSLs for the two performance control metrics (CPS1 and BAAL) unchanged – but one underlying definition must be modified. NERC Standard BAL-001-2 will take effect in the U.S. on July 1, 2016. By that date, Balancing Authorities and Reserve Sharing Groups must calculate, report, and...

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Spotlight on Preliminary Posting of PRC-012-2 – Remedial Action Schemes

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

This LiveWire Spotlight is the second of two articles addressing proposed updates to the Rules of Procedure to align with NERC’s risk-based efficiency programs. Last Thursday’s article focused on the modifications related to Risk-Based Compliance. This article will explore the modifications supporting Risk-Based Registration – the initiative to de-register commercial functions and entities who pose little threat to electric system reliability. NERC’s updated Rules of Procedure related to risk-based registration and the supporting...

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Spotlight on Updated Changes to NERCs Rules of Procedure – Risk-Based Registration

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

This LiveWire Spotlight looks at PRC-012-2, which consolidates existing requirements for Remedial Action Schemes (RAS) into a single NERC standard. Responsibilities for RAS design studies, Misoperations assessments, database upkeep, and function tests have been assigned to RCs, TPs, and equipment owners. The preliminary draft of PRC-012-2 and its supporting documentation have been posted for a 21 day informal review. Clients have until May 20, 2015 to send feedback to the drafting team. Price:...

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Spotlight on NERC’s Fifth Annual Status Report on FERC’s Directives

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines NERC’s fifth filing to FERC regarding the status of rulings issued by the Commission requiring reliability actions. Over 94% of the 793 directives issued by FERC since 2007 have been addressed, with 27 more to be completed by year’s end. NERC’s ability to address all open directives relies on the outcome of 14 projects awaiting FERC’s review – including PRC-005-4 and Operations Communications. If any are remanded, NERC’s resources will be re-focused on those priorities. Price:...

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Spotlight on PRC-027-1 – System Protection Coordination Draft 5

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates the latest posting of PRC-027-1 – which addresses the coordinated derivation/verification of relay settings to ensure that they operate in the proper sequence during a Fault. The project team has expanded the scope from earlier drafts to include Protection Systems located fully within a single owner’s footprint – not just those crossing entity boundaries. The latest drafts of PRC-027-1 and its support documentation have been posted for a 45 day informal review period. Clients have until May 15,...

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Spotlight on NERC Year 2 Informational Filing – Frequency Response

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines NERC’s second annual Frequency Response Filing with FERC. In it, NERC analyzes the calculation of Interconnection Frequency Response Obligation (IFRO) in the East, ERCOT, WECC, and Quebec to determine if sufficient reserves are available to offset large unexpected transients in power balance. Earlier this month, BAL-003-1 R2-R4 took effect in the USA and R1 will follow on 4/1/2016. The annual evaluation of interconnection frequency response will continue until the Commission is convinced that the...

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