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Spotlight on Project 2015-02 – Emergency Operations Periodic Review

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates the Five Year Review of the EOP Standards – a recurring evaluation required by NERC’s Standards Process Manual to confirm that EOP-001-2.1b thru EOP-008-1 remain clear, concise, and technically sound. Only four of the standards will be affected as EOP-011-1 will replace EOP-001-2.1b, EOP-002-3.1, and EOP-003-2 after regulatory approval. The initial recommendations from the EOP Standards five year review have been posted on the NERC website for a 45 day review period. Comments must be returned...

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Spotlight on NERC Lessons Learned – EMS Troubleshooting and Testing

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates two NERC’s Lessons Learned related to Energy Management System (EMS) failures that other Registered Entities may learn from and avoid. In addition, the guidance documents offer Lessons Learned in training, tool upgrades, maintenance preparation, and troubleshooting that aim to make recurrences less likely. Electric system outages that result from EMS failures continue to be one of NERC’s top reliability concerns. New reliability requirements could result if these Lessons Learned do not reduce the...

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Spotlight on Project 2010-14.2.2 Balancing Authority Reliability-based Controls BAL-004

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at Project 2010-14.2.2, which looks to retire BAL-004-0 – the NERC Standard governing Time Error Correction – a service historically performed by Balancing Authorities that only serves a commercial purpose. The project team maintains that new technologies have made power system-based Time Correction obsolete, and that the process itself actually introduces unacceptable reliability risk. The initial drafts of the SAR for Project 2010-14.2.2 and its support materials are posted for a 30-day review and...

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Spotlight on Implementing the Five-Year Review for IRO

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at Project 2015-06, a new NERC initiative to execute all the residual updates to IRO-001-3 thru IRO-016-1 endorsed by the five-year review team. They have invoked Paragraph 81 principles to clarify requirements related to the Eastern Interconnect TLR process and the handling of an IROL exceedance. The initial drafts of the SAR for Project 2015-06 and its supporting materials are posted for a 30-day review and concurrent ballot. Clients have until April 15, 2015 to return their comments to the project...

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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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