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LiveWire Spotlight on FERC Order 822 Approving the Version 6 CIP Standards

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines FERC Order 822, which publically announces FERC’s approval of the seven Version 6 Cyber Security (CIP) standards. In addition, the Order directs the development of updates and/or new requirements beyond those approved – which are expected to close reliability gaps discovered during the review process. The CIP Version 6 standards applicable to High-Impact and Medium-Impact BES Cyber Systems will take effect on July 1. This does not include the Low-Impact requirements found in CIP-003-6, which are...

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Spotlight on Project 2016-01 SAR – Modifications to TOP and IRO Standards

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the Standards Authorization Request (SAR) for Project 2016-01, which initiates the development effort for IRO-002-4 and TOP-001-3. The project team expects to mitigate three reliability gaps identified in FERC Order 817, which arose while the Commission was approving nine IRO/TOP standards from Project 2014-03. The initial draft of the Standards Authorization Request for Project 2016-01 has been posted for a 30 day review period. Clients have until February 22, 2016 to provide comments back to the...

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Spotlight on NERC’s Latest ES & D Database Release

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at NERC’s Electricity Supply and Demand (ES & D) database, which contains actual and projected energy availability/capacity statistics dating back to 1990. The database underlies the annual Long-Term Reliability Assessment (LTRA) of BPS reliability, adequacy, and security. NERC’s latest Electricity Supply and Demand Database will be a key source of information for policy makers to determine how much generation, distribution, and transmission capacity will be needed in North America over the next...

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Spotlight on NERC Lessons Learned – Operator Tools and Training

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight analyzes three “teachable moments” where inadequate System Operator training and tools unnecessarily impacted Bulk Electric System performance. The article explores the effect of inadequate tools and training on Real-time operations through the evaluation of actual events that manifested themselves in very different ways. Human performance remains one of NERC’s top reliability concerns – and, in fact, is one of only eight risk elements that they will monitor in 2016. New standards could result if these Lessons...

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Spotlight on NERC’s Final 2016-2018 Reliability Standards Development Plan

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates the final version of the three year work plan that NERC’s Standards Committee expects to process during Calendar Year 2016 and beyond. The ERO expects most standards activity in 2016-2018 will be “steady state” – driven by regular expert team evaluations of the effectiveness and clarity of every Reliability Standard. The 2016-2018 Reliability Standards Development Plan has been submitted to FERC in an informational filing. Unless directed otherwise by the Commission, it will serve as the ERO’s...

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Spotlight on NERC’s 2015 Long-Term Reliability Assessment

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines the 2015 Long-Term Reliability Assessment, NERC’s latest study on the reliability, adequacy, and security of the Bulk Power System. It offers four key findings that are expected to substantially change the way the BPS planning and operations are managed in the long-term. In 2015, gas-fired generation surpassed coal-fired resources for the first time. Already there are reliability impacts unique to the technology – and renewables will introduce more challenges as their usage expands. Price:...

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Spotlight on NERC’s Year 3 Informational Filing – Frequency Response

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at NERC’s third annual technical study of the Interconnection Frequency Response Obligation (IFRO) in the East, ERCOT, WECC, and Quebec. The latest evaluation has found subtle variations in the actual waveform data used to derive IFRO that allows most Interconnections to reduce their frequency support resources. By February 10, the ERO Enterprise will assign annual Frequency Response Obligations to every registered Balancing Authority. New Frequency Bias Settings and L10 values must be established...

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Spotlight on IRO-018-1 and TOP-010-1 Draft 2 (Project 2009-02)

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the second version of two standards that establish NERC’s expectations for the reliable performance of BES Real-time situational awareness tools – primarily SCADA and EMS. IRO-018-1 requires the Reliability Coordinator to deploy capabilities that address the quality of Real-time monitoring data and state estimation analyses – TOP-010-1 proposes similar requirements applicable to the Transmission Operator and Balancing Authority functions. IRO-018-1 and TOP-010-1 Draft 2 have been posted for a 45...

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Spotlight on Proposed Revisions to NERC’s Rules of Procedure – Risk-Based Compliance

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates the second update made to NERC’s Rules of Procedure related to Risk-Based Compliance. The changes were made in response to directives issued by the FERC process after their review of the original submission to add further restrictions to the handling of Compliance Exceptions (i.e.; those infractions posing minimal risk to the BES). NERC’s proposed Rules of Procedure governing risk-based compliance and the supporting documentation have been posted for a 45 day review. Comments must be emailed to NERC...

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LiveWire Spotlight on the NERC Standards Taking Effect in the U.S. on January 1

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight serves as a reminder to Clients who may be impacted by the Facility interconnection, Reliability Coordinator operation, and nuclear plant coordination requirements that become mandatory next month. All four standards address the output of three five year review projects that primarily consolidated requirements, eliminated redundancies, and clarified ambiguous language. FAC-001-2, FAC-002-2, IRO-009-2, and NUC-001-3 will take effect in the U.S. on January 1. At that time, the applicable owners, operators, and...

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