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Spotlight on the Draft 1 Interpretation of CIP-002-5.1

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates the initial draft interpretation of CIP-002-5.1 submitted by EnergySec. They have requested a clarification of Attachment 1, Criterion 2.1 – which seems to require BES Cyber Systems at a generation Facility to be collectively, not individually, assessed to determine those which are Medium-Impact. The Draft 1 interpretation of CIP-002-5.1 has been on the NERC website for a 45-day formal stakeholder review and ballot period. Comments are due back to the drafting team by September 12, 2016 – votes must...

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Spotlight on the Initial Draft of EOP-004-4 Event Reporting

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines the initial draft of EOP-004-4 “Event Reporting”. The project team has extensively modified the Reportable Events table in Attachment 1, primarily to assign specific entities the responsibility to report each type of event. The initial drafts of EOP-004-4 Event Reporting and its supporting materials have been posted on the NERC website for a 45-day review and ballot period. Comments must be returned to the project team and votes cast by September 8, 2016. Price:...

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Spotlight on FERC Order 828 Amending the SGIA

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at FERC Order 828, which adds voltage and frequency ride-through criteria to the pro forma Small Generator Interconnection Agreement (SGIA). The new rules will apply to a subset of new or substantially modified generating facilities deployed after 10/5/16 with capacities ≤ 20 MW. FERC Order 828 takes effect on October 5, 2016. By that date, all Small Generator Interconnection Agreements for new deployments or major modifications will include language requiring adherence to voltage and frequency...

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Spotlight on FERC Order 829 Regarding Supply Chain Cyber Vulnerabilities

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines FERC Order 829, which directs the creation of new CIP requirements addressing the cyber protection of supply chains. The Commission cites recent malware attacks on supply chain vendors’ hardware and software as the reliability need – posing a new type of threat to the electric system. Order 829 requires that the new CIP requirements addressing supply chain cyber vulnerabilities must be delivered to FERC within a year. NERC has already fast-tracked the standards activity approval process to ensure that...

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Spotlight on the Initial Draft of the Functional Model Version 6

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at Draft 1 of the Functional Model Version 6. It is an extensive re-write of the guidelines used as a framework by NERC to assess the need for, and to develop, Reliability Standards. The new version results from a review performed by the Functional Model Advisory Group last December Draft 1 of the Functional Model Version 6 and its associated Technical Document have been posted for a 45-day industry stakeholder review. Comments are due back to the Functional Model Advisory Group by September 7, 2016....

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Spotlight on the Initial Drafts of CIP-003-7 and the New Definition of LERC

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines the initial drafts of CIP-003-7 and the new definition of Low-Impact External Routable Connectivity (LERC). The initiative has been launched in response to a FERC directive which found that the term inadequately described the difference between direct and indirect access paths. The initial drafts of CIP-003-7 and the new definition of LERC have been posted on the NERC website for a 45-day review period and concurrent ballot. Comments must be returned to the project team and votes cast by September 6,...

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Spotlight on the Informal Drafts of the SOL Standards

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at two re-organized NERC Standards governing the derivation and communication of System Operating Limits (SOLs). Although FAC-011-4 and FAC-014-3 align with the related IRO and TOP standards that take effect on 4/1/17, the proposed updates extensively change the existing SOL Methodology. The informal drafts of the two System Operating Limit standards have been posted on the NERC website for a 30-day review period. Comments must be returned to the project team by August 12, 2016 Price:...

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Spotlight on Seven Definitions Approvals Related to Project 2010-05.2 and 2010-14.1

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in All Products, Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates seven glossary definitions recently approved by FERC related to two NERC projects. The definition of “Special Protection System” has been updated based upon Project 2010-05.2 – the remaining six are tied to Project 2010-14.1’s effort to address gaps in Balancing Authority reserve planning and performance control processes. The definition of “Reporting ACE” and its five sub-components took effect on 7/1, but only affects BAL-001-2. BAL-002-2, BAL-005-1, and FAC-001-3 will use...

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Spotlight on the Initial Drafts of the Emergency Operations Standards

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines the initial posting of three NERC standards under Project 2015-08. The updates were initiated by the recommendations of an expert team that assessed the clarity and technical relevance of all in-effect Emergency Preparedness and Operations (EOP) standards in 2015. The initial drafts of the Emergency Operations Standards have been posted on the NERC website for a 45-day review and ballot period. Comments must be returned to the project team and votes cast by August 15, 2016. Price:...

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Spotlight on a Draft NERC Reliability Guideline – Reactive Power Planning and Operations

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the initial version of a NERC support document describing the best practices employed by planners and operators to assure sufficient Reactive Power is available to avoid BES voltage instability. It finds that future NERC standards may be needed to address the effect of Reactive Power flows on voltage at the boundaries between generation, transmission, and distribution systems. Draft 1 of the NERC Reliability Guideline on Reactive Power Planning and Operations has been posted for a 45-day industry...

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