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Spotlight on PRC-010-1 – Undervoltage Load Shedding Draft 3

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines PRC-010-1 Draft 3 – which consolidates four existing standards governing Protection Systems that shed load in response to undervoltage conditions. The project team has modified the previous draft in response to industry feedback, primarily to add clarity surrounding the process, responsible entities, and applicable Protection Systems. The third draft of PRC-010-1 is posted for a 45-day industry stakeholder review and concurrent ballot. Clients have until August 7, 2014 to return their comments...

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Spotlight on NERC System Protection Coordination Guideline Revision 2

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the first proposed update to the NERC technical document addressing generator and transmission Protection System coordination since its original release in 2010. The guidelines examine typical applications of generator relays to assess how they should interact with their transmission system counterparts in a manner that best maintains BES integrity – while assuring valuable components are protected. Revision 2 of NERC’s Reliability Guideline on Power Plant and Transmission System Protection...

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Spotlight on TPL-007-1 Draft 2 – Planned Performance During Geomagnetic Disturbances

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines the second posting of the NERC Reliability Standard addressing transmission system planning preparedness for geomagnetic disturbances (GMD). TPL-007-1 looks to minimize the effect of geomagnetically induced currents (GIC) that can damage high-voltage transformers or create destabilizing reactive power spikes. TPL-007-1 Version 2 and its support documentation have been posted on the NERC web site for a 45 day review and concurrent ballot. Clients have until July 30, 2014 to return comments to the...

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Spotlight on Draft 2015-2017 Reliability Standards Development Plan

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at NERC’s initial draft of the 2015-2017 Standards Development Plan. It establishes YE2015 as the target data for completing the initial grouping of NERC projects that were launched in response to FERC Order 693 and all directives issued subsequent to it. The plan signals a transition to “steady state”, where the base of Reliability Standards is stable and new project activity is rare. The 2015-2017 Standards Development Plan and its supporting documents have been posted on the NERC website for a...

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Spotlight on Dispersed Generation Resources High Priority Standards Draft 1

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the two of three high-priority standards identified as crucial for the owners and operators of dispersed renewable resources such as solar arrays and wind farms. The initial posting aligns with the White Paper issued last April which evaluated every standard to determine if the new Definition of the BES has created an unintended inconsistency for the owners and operators of dispersed generation resources Draft 1 of the high-priority dispersed generation resources standards are available for a 45 day...

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Spotlight on Special Protection Systems Definition Draft 2

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the second posting of the NERC term describing Remedial Action Schemes (RAS) that detect electric system abnormalities and take automatic corrective actions to limit the wide-area impact. It consists of six inclusions and thirteen exclusions that distinguish between a RAS and a complex Protection System. The second draft of the definition of a Remedial Action Scheme has been posted for a 45 day review and concurrent ballot. Clients have until July 25, 2014 to provide comments back to the drafting team...

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Spotlight on Implementing the New Definition of the BES

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Free Downloads, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

This Special LiveWire Article is available for free. This special LiveWire Spotlight supplement serves as a reminder that the initial notifications to NERC of newly identified inclusions are due on July 1, 2014. NERC has provided tools and guidance documents intended to assist industry stakeholders in the determination of facilities are part of the Bulk Electric System – and therefore subject to the Reliability Standards. By this time, Clients should have confirmed if or how the new Definition of the BES affects their compliance program....

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Spotlight on NERC Survey on BES Cyber Assets

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spark analyzes NERC’s proposed data survey which will determine how many “BES Cyber Assets” are affected by the 15 minute exclusion. It is the last of three articles examining the major corrections made to the ten Version 5 Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards in response to FERC Order 791. NERC’s survey on BES Cyber Assets has been posted on their web site for a 45 day industry stakeholder review. Comments must be returned by July 14, 2014 to BESCyberAssetSurvey@nerc.net. Price:...

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Spotlight on the Initial Posting of the Medium and High Impact CIP Version 6 Standards

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates those requirements applicable to “Medium and High Impact” BES Cyber Systems – specifically developed to govern the protection of transient electronic devices, communication networks, cabling and cabinets. It is the second of three articles examining the major corrections made to the ten Version 5 Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards in response to FERC Order 791. The first draft of the CIP Version 6 standards have been posted on NERC’s web site for a 45 day industry stakeholder review...

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Spotlight on Initial Posting of the Low-Impact CIP Version 6 Requirements

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the CIP Version 6 Low-Impact requirements addressing security controls for Cyber Systems with little reliability significance to the grid. It is the first of three articles examining the major corrections made to the ten Version 5 Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards in response to FERC Order 791. The first drafts of CIP-003-6 and its supporting documentation have been posted on NERC’s web site for a 45 day industry stakeholder review and concurrent ballot. Comments must be returned and...

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