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Spotlight on NERC Lessons Learned – Operations Systems Data Integrity

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at three incidents where Operations systems data integrity affected electric system performance, and which other Registered Entities may learn from and avoid. The Lessons Learned explore the effect of data quality on the systems that support Real-time operations through the study of actual events that manifested themselves in very different ways. Electric system outages that result from poor operations data quality continue to be one of NERC’s top reliability concerns. New reliability requirements could...

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Spotlight on FERC’s NOPR to Approve the Output of Three Projects (2008-02, 2009-03, and 2010-05.2)

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at FERC’s proposal to approve the output of three major NERC initiatives related to Undervoltage Load Shedding Systems, emergency operations, and Remedial Action Schemes. In the NOPR, the Commission expects to approve without reservation key aspects of the three projects, except for two perceived UVLS reliability gaps in PRC-010-1. FERC’s proposal to accept EOP-011-1, PRC-010-1, and the RAS definition is posted for a 60 day public review. Clients have until 8/24/15 to submit comments on the NOPR or to...

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Spotlight on FERC’s NOPR to Approve Nine IRO and TOP Standards (Project 2014-03)

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines FERC’s announcement that they intend to approve nine IRO and TOP standards that will replace nearly all those presently governing Reliability Coordination and Transmission Operations. However, the Commission requests further information on four topics – that may lead to follow-up directives if the responses do not adequately resolve the stated concern. FERC’s proposal to accept the nine TOP and IRO standards is posted for a 60 day public review. Clients have until 8/24/15 to submit comments on...

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Spotlight on NERC’s Standardized Modeling Parameters Review

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight addresses NERC’s Standardized Modeling Parameters, which describes powerflow and dynamics model structures and parameters used to simulate BES performance. The spreadsheet represents the result of years of effort by the Modeling Working Group (MWG) – tasked by the Planning Committee to drive consistency in planning data and tools. NERC’s Standardized Powerflow Parameter and Dynamics Model Lists have been posted for a 45 day review period. Clients have until July 30 to provide comments back to the...

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Spotlight on CMEP Risk Elements – Infrastructure Maintenance

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight is the third of several alerts to be issued over the course of the year examining each Risk Element of NERC’s 2015 Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Implementation Plan. This one looks at “Infrastructure Maintenance” which identifies eight requirements in the Protection and Control (PRC) standards as its focus. The in-effect version of the 2015 CMEP and its supporting materials are posted on various sections of NERC’s web site. The Regional Entities have developed and are executing their...

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Spotlight on NERC’s Glossary and Rules Alignment (Project 2015-04)

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at NERC Project 2015-04 “Glossary and Rules Alignment”. The initiative is intended to drive a correlation between cross-over definitions used in the NERC Reliability Standards and in the Rules of Procedure that govern the ERO’s legal obligations. NERC’s proposed changes to the definitions in the Rules of Procedure Appendix 2 and the supporting documentation have been posted for a 45 day review. Comments must be emailed to ROPcomments@nerc.net by July 27, 2015. Price:...

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Spotlight on the Initial SAR for Internal Communications Capabilities (Project 2015-07)

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight is the third of three scheduled to be issued this week addressing NERC project postings. It looks at the initial Standards Authorization Request (SAR) issued by the drafting team for Project 2015-07 – who expects to execute FERC’s directive to expand the scope of COM-001-2 to include certain intra-entity communications. The initial draft of the Standards Authorization Request for Project 2015-07 has been posted for a 30 day review period. Clients have until July 15, 2015 to provide comments back to the...

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Spotlight on FERC Order 803 Directive SAR Draft 2 (Project 2007-17.4)

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight is the second of three scheduled to be issued this week addressing NERC project postings. It examines the second version of the Standards Authorization Request (SAR) issued by the drafting team for Project 2007-17.4 – who is looking to execute FERC’s directive to include supervisory elements associated with reclosers in PRC-005. The second draft of the SAR for Project 2007-17.4 and its support materials are posted for a 30-day review and concurrent ballot. Clients have until July 10, 2015 to return their...

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Spotlight on the Dispersed Generation Resources White Paper Version 3 (Project 2014-01)

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight is the first of three scheduled to be issued this week addressing NERC project postings. It examines the third version of the dispersed generation White Paper issued by the drafting team for Project 2014-03 – who is looking to update the in-scope NERC and Regional standards. Version 3 of the dispersed generation resources white paper and its two appendices have been posted for a 30 day review period. Clients have until July 13, 2015 to provide comments back to the drafting team. Price:...

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Spotlight on CMEP Risk Elements – Monitoring and Situational Awareness

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight is the second of several articles to be issued over the course of the year examining each risk element of NERC’s 2015 Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Implementation Plan. This element addresses the monitoring and situational awareness of the Bulk Electric System. The in-effect version of the 2015 CMEP and its supporting materials are posted on various sections of NERC’s web site. The Regional Entities have developed and are executing their specific implementation plans – attached as appendices to the...

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