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Spotlight on a Draft NERC Reliability Guideline – Reactive Power Planning and Operations

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the initial version of a NERC support document describing the best practices employed by planners and operators to assure sufficient Reactive Power is available to avoid BES voltage instability. It finds that future NERC standards may be needed to address the effect of Reactive Power flows on voltage at the boundaries between generation, transmission, and distribution systems. Draft 1 of the NERC Reliability Guideline on Reactive Power Planning and Operations has been posted for a 45-day industry...

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Spotlight on the Initial Drafts of IRO-002-5 and TOP-001-4

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates IRO-002-5 and TOP-001-4 Draft 1, which address three reliability actions directed by FERC in Order 817. Clean and redline versions of the standards have been posted that will require BAs, RCs, and TOPs to collect situational awareness data through diverse communications facilities. The initial drafts of IRO-002-5 and TOP-001-4 have been posted for a 45-day review and informal ballot. Clients have until August 3, 2016 to provide comments back to the drafting team and vote on the standards. Price:...

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Spotlight on FERC Order 827 – Reactive Power Requirements for Renewables

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at FERC Order 827, which eliminates the voltage and reactive support exemption in the Large and Small Generator Interconnection Agreements previously allowed for wind farms. In it, the Commission asserts that technological advances have reduced the costs of providing reactive power to the point that they do not affect the incentives to deploy future wind capacity. Effective 9/21/16, Order 827 applies the new voltage and reactive requirements to wind and solar-powered generation. The pro forma Large and...

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Spotlight on FERC’s NOPR to Implement the FAST Act

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at FERC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to implement Section 61003 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act – a $300+ billion highway and transportation bill signed into law on December 4. The Notice acts on four instructions specifically given to the Commission concerning the designation and sharing of Critical Electric Infrastructure Information (CEII) FERC’s proposal to implement Section 61003 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act is posted for a 45-day...

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Spotlight on the System Operating Limit (SOL) Technical Conference

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines the output of a two-day meeting held last month centering on the derivation and communication of System Operating Limits (SOLs). The organizers’ goals are to establish planning consistency with the related operations limits governed by the IRO and TOP standards. The drafting team for Project 2015-09 “Establish and Communicate System Operating Limits” will consider the feedback from the technical conference before finalizing the SAR. Work on the standards will begin immediately afterwards. Price:...

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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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