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Spotlight on Project 2016-04 SAR – Modifications to PRC-025-1

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the just-posted Standards Authorization Request (SAR) for Project 2016-04. The SAR consists of four changes proposed by four stakeholders regarding the applicable Facilities/relay types, and the methods used to determine pickup settings. The initial draft of the Standards Authorization Request for Project 2016-04 has been posted for a 30-day review period. Clients have until October 18, 2016 to provide comments back to the drafting team. Price:...

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Spotlight on UAT Loadability During Depressed Voltages Technical Reference

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines NERC’s new technical document addressing the effect that depressed transmission voltages will have on Unit Auxiliary Transformer (UAT) Loadability settings. The need arose from a potential gap identified during the development of PRC-025-1 that would lead to an inappropriate generator trip during an undervoltage condition. For now, NERC is satisfied that the setting criteria recommended in SPCS’ Technical Reference on UAT Loadability During Depressed Voltages addresses the reliability need. This...

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Spotlight on NERC’s Operating Committee’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates the latest update to NERC’s Operating Committee’s five year guiding principles. It builds on the goals established in the 2015-2019 plan that roll up to guiding principles, providing tangible and measurable indicators of the OC’s performance. The Operating Committee has clearly moved away from a mandatory approach to reliability compliance. This means that cyber security, gas/electric interoperability, and essential services will take center stage over the next several years. Price:...

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Spotlight on NERC Lessons Learned – Digital System Maintenance

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at two “teachable moments” where the maintenance of digital systems used by the electric system led to unexpected failures. The first is the “Unavailability of the Transmission Stability Limits Calculation Application” which describes an event where the function was lost twice during a five-hour period. The second is “Tie Line Relay Coordination” which addresses a Misoperation caused by inadequate interaction between two substation owners regarding the maintenance of a relay...

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Spotlight on Draft 2 of IRO-002-5 and TOP-001-4

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines the second drafts of IRO-002-5 and TOP-001-4 Draft 2 – two NERC standards governing the collection and exchange of situational awareness data. They address three reliability actions directed by FERC concerning the monitoring of non-BES facilities and the diverse routing of data exchange capabilities between operating entities. The second drafts of IRO-002-5 and TOP-001-4 have been posted for a 45-day review and informal ballot. Clients have until October 14, 2016 to provide comments back to the...

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Spotlight on the Final Version of the Phase Angle Monitoring Technical Reference Document

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the Phase Angle Technical Reference, a document addressing a key finding of the joint NERC/FERC task force investigating the 2011 outage across south Arizona, California, and Baja Mexico. It reports on the progress made since the task force issued Recommendation 27 – calling for a means to detect and mitigate conditions that may lead to phase angle differences. FERC has stated their expectation that industry incorporate lessons from the 2011 outage. Substantial fines for inadequate situational...

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Spotlight on FERC Docket RD16-8-000 Approving the Retirement of PRC-002-NPCC-01

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines FERC’s order to retire PRC-002-NPCC-01, the NPCC Regional standard governing the types and capabilities of the Disturbance Monitoring Equipment (DME). It has been rendered obsolete by PRC-002-2, which began taking effect continent wide in July. This also serves as a reminder to Clients outside of WECC that notifications will be going out in October to GOs and TOs that they have Elements requiring DME By this time, Transmission Owners and Planning Coordinators in every Region should be almost...

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Spotlight on the WECC Variances for MOD-026 and MOD-027

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the WECC variances for MOD-026 and MOD-027 – which reestablish the five-year generator exciter and governor validation cycles presently in-force in the Western Interconnection. It also serves as a reminder to Clients outside of WECC that only two years remain before the initial validations are due. This is not a lot of time for complex processes of this type. MOD-026-2 and MOD-027-2 have been posted on the NERC website for a 45-day review and successive ballot. Clients have until September 23,...

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Spotlight on the Latest Proposed Revisions to NERC’s Rules of Procedure

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the proposed change to NERC’s Rules of Procedure – establishing a “Consolidated Hearing Process” which Regional Entities may use in lieu of their own. The ERO believes that more consistent outcomes will result when a Registered Entity contests findings of noncompliance, Mitigation Plans, Remedial Action Directives, Penalties, or sanctions. NERC’s proposed revisions to their Rules of Procedure have been posted for a 45-day review. Comments on the Frequency Response update must be emailed to...

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Spotlight on FERC’s Notice of Inquiry Regarding Cyber Systems in Control Centers

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines FERC’s feedback request regarding regulatory action that could reduce the threat of a successful cyber-attack at BES Control Centers. The Commission is looking for commentary regarding the applications where whitelisting and restricted Internet access are appropriate – and where those protective techniques may actually impair reliable BES operations. FERC has given industry stakeholders 60 days to respond to their Notice of Inquiry regarding the cyber security of Control Centers. Client have...

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