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Spotlight on Draft 2 of EOP-005-3 and EOP-006-3 – Emergency Operations Standards

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the second drafts of EOP-005-3 and EOP-006-3 – which are being modified under NERC’s steady state evaluation program. The only substantive updates have been made to EOP-005-3, which the drafting team hopes will improve upon the 52.9% approval percentage returned from Draft 1. Draft 2 of the two Emergency Operations Standards, EOP-005-3 and EOP-006-3, 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...

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Spotlight on CIP-003-7 Draft 2 and the Retirement of the Definition of LERC

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines the second draft of CIP-003-7 – which also includes a proposal to retire the definition of Low-Impact External Routable Connectivity (LERC). This step was taken to defuse concerns that the standard would otherwise apply to non-BES assets. CIP-003-7 Draft 2 and the retirement of the 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 December 5, 2016. Price:...

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Spotlight on NERC Lessons Learned – Communications Failures

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates three new NERC’s Lessons Learned, where testing, upgrades, and maintenance activity led to unexpected communication system failures. The write-ups of actual incidents are intended help the industry understand the nuances of complex communications systems design – and how they may fail for no apparent reason. The loss of communications systems supporting situational awareness is one of NERC’s top reliability concerns. Severe penalties may be applied if Registered Entities experience a failure because...

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Spotlight on FERC Order 830 Approving TPL-007-1

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at FERC Order 830 approving TPL-007-1, the NERC standard governing the simulation of geomagnetic disturbances (GMD) caused by solar flares. The Commission will allow TPL-007-1 to take effect, but gives NERC and the industry 18 months to tighten the criteria for the benchmark GMD event and the mitigation of vulnerabilities. TPL-007-1 will begin to take effect in the U.S. on 7/1/2017. By that time, Planning Coordinators and Transmission Planners must have worked out the responsibilities for modeling and...

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Spotlight on FERC Docket RD16-6-000 Approving IRO-018-1 and TOP-010-1

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines FERC Docket RD16-6-000, which announces FERC’s approval of two standards that establish minimum performance expectations for BES Real-time situational awareness tools – primarily SCADA and EMS. The new standards close out three directives in FERC Order 693 calling for reliability requirements that will “enable operators to deal with real-time situations”. IRO-018-1 and TOP-010-1 will take effect in the U.S. on 4/1/2018. By that date, Balancing Authorities, Transmission Operators, and Reliability...

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Spotlight on the Informal Draft of CIP-003-TCA – Protection of Low-Impact Transient Devices

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines the initial informal draft of CIP-003-TCA. It is the second of two initiatives under Project 2016-02 addressing FERC Order 822’s directives to strengthen the cyber protections required of Low-Impact BES Cyber Systems. The standards adds requirements addressing the cyber threats to Low-Impact BES Cyber Systems posed by transient electronic devices and portable media. The informal draft of CIP-003-TCA has been posted for an 18-day informal review period. Clients have until November 18, 2016 to provide...

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Spotlight on the SAR for Project 2016-03 – Cyber Security Supply Chain Management

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the Standards Authorization Request for Project 2016-03 – which initiates a NERC program to add new Cyber Security (CIP) requirements regarding security controls for the electric system supply chain. The project team expects to meet four security objectives posed by the Commission in Order 829 that will close the known reliability gaps associated with supply chain management. The initial draft of the Standards Authorization Request for Project 2016-03 has been posted for a 30-day review period....

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Spotlight on the ERO Event Analysis Process Document – Revision 3.1

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates the latest version of the Events Analysis Process, which governs the submission of key findings and lessons learned from incident data. The update reflects a decision by the Texas Reliability Entity (TRE) to loosen the reporting criteria for generator outages in their region. The initial draft of the ERO Event Analysis Process Version 3.1 has been posted for review by industry stakeholders. Clients have until November 14, 2016 to submit their comments to the drafting team at eascomments@nerc.net....

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Spotlight on a Draft NERC Reliability Guideline – Integrating Reporting ACE into the Standards

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines the draft posting of a NERC reference document describing the need for Reporting ACE and its incorporation into the Resource and Demand Balancing (BAL) standards. The parameter affects all aspects of normal operational, disturbance, and frequency control. The initial draft of NERC’s Reliability Guideline on Integrating Reporting ACE into the Standards has been posted for a 45-day stakeholder review. Comments must be returned to reliabilityguidelinecomments@nerc.net by November 14, 2016. Price:...

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Spotlight on a Draft NERC Reliability Guideline – Situational Awareness for the System Operator

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the draft posting of a NERC reference document recommending practices for the accounting of Inadvertent Interchange between adjacent Balancing Authorities. The guideline was developed in response to a FERC directive to determine a means to detect BAs who are consistently accumulating large Inadvertent Interchange imbalances. The initial draft of NERC’s Reliability Guideline on Inadvertent Interchange has been posted for a 45-day stakeholder review. Comments must be returned to...

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