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Spotlight on FERC’s Approval of the Reliability Assurance Initiative

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines FERC Docket RR15-2-000, which announces the Commission’s intent to allow the Reliability Assurance Initiative (RAI) to proceed. RAI is NERC’s program to transition the Compliance concept from its present zero-tolerance ideological basis to one that applies risk-based principles. NERC has been given 90 days to submit a change their Rules of Procedure that formally embeds the RAI concepts into the official documentation. Clients should expect to see drafts of the updated Rules sometime this month –...

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Spotlight on NERC Reliability Guideline – Loss of Real-Time Tools

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at NERC’s Real-Time Tools Reliability Guideline – a strategy document looking to prepare RCs, BAs, and TOPs for a situation where critical Real-time tools are lost or degraded. This includes telemetry, state estimators, contingency analysis, Automatic Generation Control, or systems used to communicate reliability information between entities. The initial draft of the NERC Reliability Guideline on the Loss of Real-Time Tools has been posted for a 45 day industry stakeholder review. Comments...

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Spotlight on FERC Order 804 Approving MOD-031-1 – Demand and Energy Data

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at FERC Order 804 – which approves a single new MOD standard (MOD-031-1) governing the collection of demand and energy data used in reliability studies. The standard consists of four major requirements that identify the applicable data types, the authorized requestors, and the time frames to comply with a valid request. NERC Reliability Standard MOD-031-1 will take effect in the U.S. on July 1, 2016. At that time, PCs and BAs must have a compliant demand and energy data request template developed....

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Spotlight on CIP v5 Transitions – Lessons Learned

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates the latest CIP v5 Transition Lessons Learned. They consist of two draft technical summaries that will be incorporated into the Version 5 cyber security transition guidance materials. The drafts of the two CIP v5 Transition Lessons Learned have been posted for a 30 day review period. Clients have until March 30, 2015 to submit their comments to the drafting team at transitionprogram@nerc.net. Price:...

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Spotlight on Undervoltage Load Shedding Phase II – Misoperations

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at Project 2008-02.2, Phase 2 of the Undervoltage Load Shedding initiative. It proposes minor modifications to PRC-004-4 and PRC-010-1 to address Undervoltage Load Shedding (UVLS) Misoperations – an effort that had been postponed because other project teams were working on PRC-004 The initial drafts of PRC-004-5 and PRC-010-2 are posted for a 45-day stakeholder review and concurrent ballot. Clients have until April 7, 2015 to return their comments to the project team and vote on the standards. Price:...

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Spotlight on CIP v5 Virtualization Summit

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the CIP v5 Virtualization Summit held last month in Atlanta. It was conducted by a NERC task force developing a Lessons Learned that will identify the compliance expectations associated with virtualization or “cloud computing”. FERC is quite aware of recent high-profile attacks on email and corporate cloud services in other industries. As virtualization proliferates in the electricity sector, they may demand another major update to the CIP standards. Price:...

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Spotlight on NERC Lessons Learned – Relay Input Transients

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines NERC’s first 2015 posting of Lessons Learned. This latest grouping addresses two unusual, but informative, electric system relay Misoperations that were triggered by transient signals externally coupled onto their inputs. Electric system outages that result from relay Misoperations continue to be one of NERC’s top reliability concerns. These Lessons Learned capture the subtlety and complexity of the threats, which could lead to further regulation if they persist. Price:...

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Spotlight on Physical Security Implementation Update

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at NERC’s Physical Security Implementation program – an initiative intended to help Transmission Owners and Operators comply with standard CIP-014-1, “Physical Security”, before it takes effect in October. NERC has introduced an implementation website that includes resource materials, guidance documents, and links to other web pages related to the project. Guidance for CIP-014-1 R4 and R5 – threat assessments and security plans – will be posted in April. By July, the ERO will initiate a...

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Spotlight on 2015 Q1 Standards Adopted by NERC’s Board of Trustees

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight consists of a series of Sparks evaluating four NERC standards recently adopted by the Board of Trustees. The LiveWire Compliance team has authored a number of articles on the three projects over the last year or so, which address some of the most controversial directives ever issued by FERC. We believe that this will serve to remind Clients of the impact of each initiative at the high level, while further suggesting actions that they may take to prepare for their integration into their compliance programs....

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Spotlight on NERC Informational Filing – Scope of BES Cyber Assets

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines NERC’s Informational Filing issued in response to FERC Order 791 – the order approving the Version 5 cyber security standards. The report examines the effect of the 15 minute exclusion clause in the definition of BES Cyber Asset, referring to those devices which are subject to all ten CIP standards Earlier this month, NERC’s Board of Trustees adopted CIP Version 6 and 7, which FERC is expected to approve. The Commission may call for a follow up survey on the quantity and type of additional BES...

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