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Spotlight on NERC Lessons Learned – Digital Monitoring and Control Failures

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates two Lessons Learned where digital systems used to monitor and control electric system components operated improperly. Both offer recommendations that look for design engineers to question their assumptions made during the deployment of new digitally-based systems and upgrades. Situational awareness and relay Misoperations are two of NERC’s top reliability concerns. Severe penalties may be applied if Registered Entities do not act upon these Lessons Learned – and may even lead to the development of...

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Spotlight on the Draft 2 SAR for Project 2016-02 – Modifications to CIP Standards

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the second draft of the Standards Authorization Request (SAR) for Project 2016-02. It adds two major tasks to the scope of NERC’s latest initiative regarding Bulk Electric System cyber security. Draft 2 of the Standards Authorization Request for Project 2016-02 “Modifications to CIP Standards” has been posted on the NERC website for a 30-day review period. Comments must be returned to the project team by June 30, 2016. Price:...

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Spotlight on FERC’s NOPR to Approve BAL-002-2

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines FERC Docket RM15-8-000 – a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to approve BAL-002-2. The Disturbance Control Performance (DCP) standard has been extensively reconfigured to assure that Contingency Reserves will be available when needed. FERC’s proposal to approve BAL-002-2 “Disturbance Control Standard-Contingency Reserve for Recovery from a Balancing Contingency Event” is posted for a 60-day public review. Clients have until 7/25/16 to submit comments on the NOPR. Price:...

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Spotlight on the Draft 2 SAR for Project 2015-10 – Single Points of Failure

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the updates to the Standards Authorization Request for Project 2010-10. Two additional directives issued by FERC in Order 786 will be added to the original scope – to address single points of failure in the systems planning process governed by TPL-001-4. The Draft 2 Standards Authorization Request for Project 2015-10 – Single Points of Failure has been posted on the NERC website for a 30-day review period. Comments must be returned to the project team by June 24, 2016. Price:...

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Spotlight on Two Proposed Revisions to NERC’s Rules of Procedure

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates two proposed revisions to NERC’s Rules of Procedure. The first is looks to establishes Frequency Response Sharing Groups and Regulation Reserve Sharing Groups as Registered Entity types subject to Reliability Requirements. The second updates the term “System Operator” to align with the new Glossary definition developed concurrently with PER-005-2. NERC’s proposed Rules revisions have been posted for a 45-day review. Comments on the Frequency Response update must be emailed to NERC at...

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Spotlight on NERC’s 2016 Human Performance Conference

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at NERC’s Human Performance Conference, a three-day session held in Atlanta to examine the human performance aspects of BES reliability. During the event, presenters described innovative techniques and tools that have proven to reduce human error by focusing on the cognitive functions that drive learning and retention. Human performance has consistently been a top contributor to Bulk Electric Systems events since NERC standards became mandatory in 2007. It is one of eight risk elements that...

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Spotlight on Projects Review by NERC’s Board of Trustees

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates three Reliability Standards adopted by NERC’s Board of Trustees in its May 5 meeting. IRO-018-1, TOP-010-1, and PRC-012-2 will now be forwarded to FERC and the Provincial Authorities for approval. In addition, the Board was provided status on the Right-of-Way Assurance project, which was initiated in 2010. The majority of remediation work is completed, with more than 40,000 discrepancies completed on more than 6,000 circuits. Price:...

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Spotlight on the Definition of the BES Exception Request Case Notes

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines the case notes from nine separate BES Exception Requests submitted to NERC. They offer interesting insight into the rationale used by NERC to approve or disapprove BES exception requests – including some approved after the scope of the request was modified. There is no time limit for Registered Entities to submit a BES exception request for Facilities that they own or operate. Clients with systems similar to those approved by NERC may apply for one, but each case will be evaluated on its technical...

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Spotlight on the Updates to the Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD) White Papers

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at NERC’s proposed updates to three technical documents providing the criteria for identifying transformers that may be damaged by GMD. The modifications center on a table that provides the temperatures of transformer hot spots induced by GMD as peak amplitude varies The updates to the Geomagnetic Disturbance White Papers are posted on the NERC website for a 30-day review. Clients have until June 13, 2016 to return their comments to the project team. Price:...

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Spotlight on CIP v6 Transition Considerations – Information Protection

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

This LiveWire Spotlight is the last in a series of articles concerning the implementation of the Critical Infrastructure (CIP) Version 6 standards applicable to High-Impact and Medium-Impact BES Cyber Systems. Today’s topic is the identification and handling of information that could be used to gain unauthorized access or pose a security threat to a BES Cyber System. All CIP Version 6 requirements applicable to High-Impact and Medium-Impact BES Cyber Systems take effect on July 1. Clients must have their initial evidence of compliance...

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