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Spotlight on NERC’s CIP v5 Transition Lessons Learned

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight addresses the initial drafts of 3 technical summaries explaining how the Version 5 CIP standards can be implemented in a manner acceptable to the ERO’s Compliance and Enforcement organizations. They complement the CIP V3-V5 Transition Guidance materials created last year as part of NERC’s initiative to smooth the conversion. The initial drafts of the three CIP v5 Transition Lessons Learned have been posted for a 30 day review period. Clients have until February 6, 2015 to submit their comments to the drafting...

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Spotlight on the Final 2015-2017 Reliability Standards Development Plan

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines the final version of the 2015-2017 Standards Development Plan adopted by NERC’s Standards Committee. They anticipate a far smaller development work load in 2015 as the base of Reliability Standards is reaching a stable “steady state” and new project activity is rare. The 2015-2017 Standards Development Plan has been submitted to FERC as an informational filing. Unless directed otherwise by the Commission, it will be the ERO’s implementation roadmap for the remainder of the year. Price:...

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Spotlight on Latest Updates to Project 2014-01 – Dispersed Generation

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates the progress of NERC’s initiative specifically directed at the owners/operators of dispersed renewable resources (i.e.; solar arrays, wind farms). Most recently, that project team has revised White Paper that provides basis used to identify the standards addressed by Project 2014-01, and introduces PRC-005-5, which limits the scope of the Protection System maintenance requirements The initial drafts of PRC-005-5 and the modified dispersed generation White Paper are available for review. Comments on...

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Spotlight on NERC Reliability Guideline – Generating Unit Operations v1.1

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines the latest version of NERC’s guidance document addressing scenarios where voice and data communications are lost between a generating facility and other BES operators. The drafting team proposes updates that focus on transmission issues of vital interest to the RC and TOP – Version 1.0 assumed only the BA and GOP would be affected Version 1.1 of the NERC Reliability Guideline on Generating Unit Operations has been posted for a 40 day industry stakeholder review. Comments must be returned to...

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Spotlight on NERC Lessons Learned – Single Points of Failure

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at three technical summaries posted during 4Q2014 alerting Registered Entities of issues that may pose a risk to their facilities and/or to the greater Bulk Electric System. The three Lessons Learned address unusual, but informative electric system breakdowns that were triggered by a single point of failure – affecting multiple Facilities in the process: Electric system outages that result from single points of failure continue to be one of NERC’s top reliability concerns. These Lessons Learned capture...

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Spotlight on Updates Regarding CIP-014-1 – Physical Security

Posted by on Dec 30, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight describes the updates that will be made to CIP-014-1 in response to FERC Order 802. Although the physical security standard was accepted as submitted, a Standards Authorization Request (SAR) has been posted which removes the descriptor “widespread” wherever it proceeds the term “instability”. The Standards Authorization Request for CIP-014-2 is posted for a thirty day review period. Clients have until 1/13/15 to review the materials and submit their comments back to the project team. Price:...

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Spotlight on Follow-Up Review of TOP-001-3

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

Today’s special installment of LiveWire Spotlight examines the latest draft of TOP-001-3, the lone IRO/TOP standard still remaining from the original nine addressed under Project 2014-03. Draft 4 defuses a major controversy by removing a requirement for Transmission Operators to monitor “non-BES” Facilities that may affect a System Operating Limit, which may push the stakeholder approval level above the 2/3 required. . TOP-001-3 Draft 4 and its supporting documentation has been posted for a 30 day review and concurrent ballot. Clients...

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Spotlight on FAC and TPL Requirements Taking Effect in the U.S. on January 1

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight serves as a reminder to Clients who may be impacted by the transmission vegetation management and system planning requirements that become mandatory next month. FAC-003-3 R3 is the first vegetation management requirement applicable to Generator Owners. TPL-001-4 R1 and R7 are the initial system planning requirements slated to replace those in TPL-001-0.1 thru TPL-004-0a. The remaining six will engage 12 months later. FAC-003-3 R3 and TPL-001-4 R1/R7 will take effect in the U.S. on January 1, 2015. At that...

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Spotlight on Cyber Security Version 7 Requirements – Transient Electronic Devices

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight is the second of two articles examining the updates made to five Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards in response to the last open directives from FERC Order 791. Today’s article looks at the sections of the four “Medium/High-Impact” standards governing the protection of Transient Cyber Assets and Removable Media. The first drafts of the four CIP v7 standards related to transient electronic devices are posted on NERC’s web site for a 45 day industry stakeholder review and concurrent ballot....

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Spotlight on CIP-003-7 Draft 1 – Low-Impact Cyber Security Policies

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at first of two articles examining the updates made to five Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards in response to the last open directives from FERC Order 791. Today’s article evaluates CIP-003-7, which modifies the requirements for the creation of cyber security plans applicable to “Low-Impact” BES Cyber Systems. The first drafts of CIP-003-7 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...

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