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Spotlight on CIP-003-7(i) Draft 1 – Protection of Low-Impact Transient Devices

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines CIP-003-7(i) Draft 1, which combines two Project 2016-02 work efforts addressing FERC’s directives to strengthen the cyber protections required of Low-Impact BES Cyber Systems. The latest version makes further updates – including an allowance to bypass the implementation of the Transient Cyber Asset and Removable Media policies under CIP Exceptional Circumstances. Draft 1 of CIP-003-7(i) and its supporting materials have been posted for a 45-day review and concurrent ballot. Clients have until...

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Spotlight on the Standards Authorization Request (SAR) for TPL-007-2

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the SAR for TPL-007-2, which announces the launch of a project to update the Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD) Mitigation standard. The initiative will pursue the development of new requirements that address four problem areas identified by FERC. The initial Standards Authorization Request for TPL-007-2 “Geomagnetic Disturbance Mitigation” has been posted on the NERC website for a 30-day review period. Comments must be returned to the project team by January 20, 2017. Price:...

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Quarterly Report – Q1 2017

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in All Products, Articles, Quarterly Reports | 0 comments

Attached is the LiveWire NERC Compliance Solutions Quarterly Report for 1/1/2017. 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. In addition, the report includes a section on standards that are taking effect in the near term. Let us know your opinion on the material, and if there are other NERC-related items you would like us to address in future reports. Price:...

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Spotlight on NERC Lessons Learned – Patch Management Failures

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

LiveWire Spotlight on NERC Lessons Learned – Patch Management Failures Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at two NERC Lessons Learned – “teachable moments” where failures in the patch management process led to the unexpected loss of EMS and SCADA. They suggest that IT specialists should question their assumptions as they prepare for a patch update or decide which patches are relevant to their application. The failure of patch management processes that support situational awareness is one of NERC’s top reliability concerns....

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Spotlight on FERC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Primary Frequency Response

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines FERC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to modify the pro forma Large and Small Generator Interconnection Agreements (LGIA and SGIA) to require all newly deployed generators to provide frequency response into the electric system. The action would establish governor droop (5%) and deadband (±0.036 Hz) requirements for all sizes of synchronous generators as a pre-condition of interconnection. The Commission has given industry stakeholders 60 days to respond to their Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding...

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Spotlight on NERC’s Conference on Emerging Technologies

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates NERC’s Emerging Technologies Conference – a two-day affair weighing the operational, cost, and reliability benefits of new substation automation and cloud computing technologies against the risks. Its stated objective was to consider technology integration strategies in the context of regulatory requirements – cyber and physical security, in particular. Substation automation and cloud computing may be just the technologies to deliver reliable and clean power to North America. Expect their use...

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Spotlight on Draft 2 of EOP-004-4 Event Reporting

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the second version of the Event Reporting standard – one of four Emergency Operations (EOP) standards being modified under NERC Project 2015-08. It incorporates stakeholder feedback from the initial posting clarifying the language and intent of the standard. Draft 2 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 January 6, 2017. Price:...

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Spotlight on NERC’s 2016-2017 Winter Reliability Assessment

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates NERC’s 2016-2017 Winter Assessment – the latest seasonal study of the overall reliability and adequacy of the BPS. The ERO sees an overall improvement in winter preparedness as Regions implement the lessons learned from extreme weather events and the polar vortex. But, slower than anticipated demand growth and moderate conditions have not fully tested the adequacy of the new winter preparedness tools and procedures. Other steps may need to be taken if a major storm leads to widespread...

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Spotlight on the Proposed Revisions to NERC’s Rules of Procedure – Training

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at NERC’s proposal to update their Rules of Procedure related to training. They expect to modify four parts of Section 600 Personnel Certification to remove language that is redundant with other controlled documents. Seven other parts have been updated with minor clarifications. NERC’s proposed revisions to their Rules of Procedure have been posted for a 45-day review. Comments on the Training, Education, and Certification updates must be emailed to NERC at ROPcomments@nerc.net by December 24, 2016....

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Spotlight on FERC Order 832 Implementing the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines FERC Order 832, which implements legislation signed by Barack Obama last June changing the rules for data sharing under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). It locks in the policy put in place by the U.S. President when he took office – disclosure is to take place unless it would harm a recognized protected interest. Every U.S. Governmental Agency must comply with the FOIA Improvement Act by December 30, 2016. By that date, it is presumed that all information requests to FERC will be granted unless...

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