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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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Spotlight on NERC’s 2015 Report on the State of Reliability

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines NERC’s latest evaluation of the performance of North America’s Bulk Power System – intended to help set priorities for standards development, compliance, and enforcement. In it, the ERO announces 2014 to be one of the most reliable years on record based upon the absence of high-stress days and wide-area outages. NERC expects continuing improvement in reliability trends as attention shifts to the most prevailing threats. This may lead to further reliance on risk-based compliance as their...

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Spotlight on the Initial Drafts of two Interconnection Reliability Operations Standards

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the initial postings of IRO-006-EAST-2 and IRO-009-2 – incorporating the items proposed in the Standards Authorization Request (SAR) issued last April. Both standards apply only to Reliability Coordinators, but have a direct impact on every Registered Entity that operates BES Facilities The initial drafts of IRO-006-EAST-2, IRO-009-2, and their supporting materials are posted for a 45-day review and concurrent ballot. Clients have until July 8, 2015 to return their comments to the project team...

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Spotlight on NERC’s Rules of Procedure Updates for Board of Trustees Submission

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

Today’s special issue of LiveWire Spotlight looks at two sets of very important updates to the Rules of Procedure that align with NERC’s risk-based efficiency programs. They incorporate FERC’s direction communicated in two Dockets which approved some, but not all, aspects of Risk-Based Compliance and Registration. The updated Rules of Procedure governing the risk-based initiatives are posted in the interest of public transparency. The Board of Trustees is expected to adopt the Rules at their June 22nd meeting and forward them to FERC...

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Spotlight on NERC’s Coordinated Oversight Program

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates NERC’s Coordinated Oversight Program – the latest Compliance/Enforcement option sponsored by the Reliability Assurance Initiative. The program allows Multi-Region Registered Entities (MRREs) to request that all facets of risk assessment, compliance monitoring, and enforcement be consolidated under the control of a single Regional Entity. MRREs have been offered a second chance to sign-up for NERC’s Coordinated Oversight Program. Those who want to ensure participation in 2016 must submit...

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Spotlight on NERC’s Latest Assessment of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines NERC’s latest study of the reliability impact that the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) could have on the BPS. In it, the ERO finds that essential reliability services will not be sufficient to ensure adequate electric system performance within the timelines suggested by the EPA. The EPA expects to finalize the Clean Power Plan during the summer of 2015. Once the CPP is finalized, NERC will refine their reliability assessment accordingly –a completion date of 2Q2016 has...

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LiveWire Spotlight on FERC’s NOPR to Approve TPL-007-1 (Project 2013-03)

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at FERC Docket RM15-11-000, which announces their intention to approve TPL-007-1 – the NERC standard governing the simulation of geomagnetic disturbances. The Commission does not propose any changes to the standard, but they do raise several concerns about the caution applied by the project team to limit TPL-007-1’s scope, FERC’s proposal to accept TPL-007-1 is posted for a 60 day public review. Clients have until 7/27/15 to submit comments on the NOPR or to respond to the Commission’s concern of...

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Spotlight on the Regulatory Status of Six Important Reliability Standards (Various Projects)

Posted by on Jun 2, 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. FERC has taken action on two others around the same time frame. The LiveWire Compliance team has authored a number of articles on the five projects over the last year or so, and it is appropriate to remind our Clients of their implications. However six of the standards have passed muster without comment by the reviewing body. As such, instead of sending out separate Spotlight articles that would be...

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