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Spotlight on an Analysis of NERC’s Notices of Penalty for Q12017

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines NERC’s Notices of Penalty for Q12017. Our assessment looks at the facts, risk assessments, and corrective actions for 68 separate findings reported in SERC, TRE, and WECC. Violations that lead to outages or compromise BES cyber security continue to result in the highest penalties. In the years ahead, NERC Enforcement is expected to expand its focus to generator validations, geomagnetic disturbances, and Protection System coordination. Price:...

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Spotlight on the NERC and AGA Agreement Regarding Gas/Electric Interdependencies

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the new security arrangement between NERC and the American Gas Association (AGA) to exchange information that affects both the electrical and natural gas infrastructures. The agreement formalizes the sharing of cyber and physical threat information between the Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (ISACs) managed by NERC and the AGA. The NERC and AGA agreement is intended to harden critical infrastructures against cyber and physical attacks. This focus will only intensify as the interdependency...

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

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines NERC’s latest Directives Status Report – an annual filing with FERC providing the disposition of every ruling ever issued by the Commission related to Bulk Electric System reliability. In it, the ERO announces that 798 directives issued by FERC since 2007 have been addressed – 95.9% of the total. The remaining 34 will be completed by Year End 2017 NERC’s ability to address all open directives relies on the outcome of 13 standards awaiting FERC’s review – including GOP training and...

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Spotlight on the 2017 Reliability Leadership Summit

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines two new NERC Cyber Security development efforts launched under Project 2006-02. The first considers the applicability of CIP requirements to Transmission Owner Control Centers that perform the functional obligations of a TOP. The second studies the need for new cyber security requirements regarding permitted architectures and the security risks of virtualization technologies. The comment forms for both new cyber security initiatives are posted for a 30-day review. Feedback on the strategies proposed...

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Spotlight on Transmission Owner Control Centers and Virtualization

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines two new NERC Cyber Security development efforts launched under Project 2006-02. The first considers the applicability of CIP requirements to Transmission Owner Control Centers that perform the functional obligations of a TOP. The second studies the need for new cyber security requirements regarding permitted architectures and the security risks of virtualization technologies. The comment forms for both new cyber security initiatives are posted for a 30-day review. Feedback on the strategies proposed...

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Spotlight on the Project 2016-04 Draft 2 SAR – Modifications to PRC-025-1

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

This special edition of LiveWire Spotlight evaluates the second draft of the Standards Authorization Request (SAR) for Project 2016-04. It will add two major tasks to the standards development effort addressing four other weaknesses found in PRC-025-1 “Generator Relay Loadability” during its implementation. The second draft of the Standards Authorization Request for Project 2016-04 has been posted for a 15-day review period. Clients have until April 3, 2017 to provide comments back to the drafting team. Price:...

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Spotlight on the WECC Reliability Assurance Project

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight focuses on the WECC Reliability Assurance Project, which looks to determine if Lessons Learned from the 2011 Southwest Outage have been assimilated by Operators in the Western Region. The task force concludes that, overall, progress has been made in the five years since the Outage, while noting that most TOPs still approach operations in a reactive manner. Some of the issues identified by the joint NERC/WECC review team will be addressed by the updated IRO and TOP standards taking effect on April 1. If those...

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Spotlight on NERC’s Reliability Guideline – Reactive Power Planning

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at a newly released NERC guideline describing the best practices employed by system planners to assure sufficient Reactive Power is available to avoid BES voltage instability. The document also provides similar guidance to operating entities who must maintain electric system integrity during voltage transients without placing equipment or safety at risk. Reactive control is one of FERC’s key – and growing – reliability concerns as the widespread adoption of renewable resources and other cutting...

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Spotlight on Project 2016-EPR-02 – Periodic Review of the VAR Standards

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines the initial output of Project 2016-EPR-02, which provides the results of an expert team review of VAR-001-4.1 and VAR-002-4 for clarity and technically soundness. They have rated both standards as “Yellow”, i.e.; they are sufficient to protect reliability, but there are opportunities to improve non-substantive quality or content issues. The initial recommendations from the VAR Standards periodic review have been posted on the NERC website for a 45-day review period. Comments must be returned to the...

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Spotlight on Guidelines Not Endorsed by the ERO Enterprise

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at five guidelines that the ERO Enterprise has refused to endorse. Although they were originally intended to help entities understand the rationale underlying various reliability requirements, auditors will not give special deference to entities who choose to comply with a standard using examples provided in the guidance. As of March 1, 2017, The ERO Enterprise Compliance organization has officially endorsed 15 guidelines – eight more are under review. They have given no timeline for updating the...

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