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Spotlight on CMEP Risk Elements – Protection System Misoperations

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight takes a look at Protection System Misoperations – the fourth of nine articles to be issued over the course of the year examining each risk element of NERC’s 2015 Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Implementation Plan. The reliability focus of this risk element includes six requirements in a subset of the Protection and Control (PRC) standards. 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 CMEP. Price:...

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Spotlight on TOP-009-1 – Protection System Awareness Initial Draft (Project 2007-06.2)

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the initial draft of TOP-009-1, which addresses System Operator awareness of protective schemes applied in their area.. This is the second of two articles evaluating the standards that will replace PRC-001, the NERC standard governing Protection System coordination between operating entities. The initial drafts of TOP-009-1 and its support documents have been posted for a 45 day review period and non-binding ballot. Clients have until September 11, 2015 to comment and vote on the standard. Price:...

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Spotlight on PRC-027-1 – System Protection Coordination Draft 6 (Project 2007-06)

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines PRC-027-1 Draft 6, which adds process detail regarding the coordinated deployment of new relay systems or changes to them. This is the first of two articles evaluating the standards that will replace PRC-001, the NERC standard governing Protection System coordination between operating entities. Next Tuesday’s article assesses the initial draft of TOP-009-1, which addresses System Operator awareness of protective schemes applied in their area. The latest drafts of PRC-027-1 and its support documentation have been posted for a 45 day review period and ballot. Clients have until September 11, 2015 to return comments on the materials posted by the project team and to vote on the standards. Price:...

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Spotlight on the Proposed Changes to NERC’s Rules of Procedure – CIP v5 (Project 2014-02)

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the changes to NERC’s Rules of Procedure that align with the transition to Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Version 5. The updates primarily rearrange language that helps clarify the intent of NERC’s cyber security responsibilities, but there are substantive modifications as well. The modified version of NERC’s Rules of Procedure and supporting documentation are posted for a 45 day stakeholder review. Comments must be emailed to NERC at ROPcomments@nerc.net and are due on August 31, 2015. Price:...

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Spotlight on the Initial SAR for Emergency Operations Standards (Project 2015-08)

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates the initial posting of NERC’s official document explaining the purpose of Project 2015-08 and its expected deliverables. The initiative will impact four of the eight EOP standards presently in-effect. EOP-001-2.1b, EOP-002-3.1, and EOP-003-2 will soon be replaced by EOP-011-1 and were not evaluated. The initial draft of the EOP Standards Authorization Request has been posted on the NERC website for a 30 day review period. Comments must be returned to the project team by August 19, 2015. Price:...

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Spotlight on NERC’s Draft 2016-2018 Reliability Standards Development Plan

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the initial draft of NERC’s 2016-2018 Standards Development Plan – which forecasts the workload to be processed by the Standards Committee throughout 2016 and beyond. It targets YE2015 as the completion date for all 16 remaining NERC projects addressing FERC Order 693 and any time-sensitive directives issued afterwards The 2016-2018 Standards Development Plan and its supporting documents have been posted on the NERC website for a 30 day review period. Clients have until August 17, 2015 to return comments back to the drafting team. Price:...

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Spotlight on FERC’s NOPR to Approve the Version 6 CIP Standards (Project 2014-02)

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight explores FERC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to approve seven Cyber Security (CIP) standards. Although the Commission has found that all directives in Order 791 have been satisfied, they expect to add one that requires the protection of supply chains supporting the delivery of BES systems and services. FERC’s proposal to accept the CIP Version 6 standards is posted for a 60 day public review. Clients have until 9/21/15 to submit comments on the NOPR or to respond to the Commission’s issues raised in Docket RM15-14-000. Price:...

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Spotlight on the Initial SAR for Real-time Reliability Monitoring and Analysis Capabilities (Project 2009-02)

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight evaluates the Standards Authorization Request for Project 2009-09 – which addresses the situational awareness tools and systems used in Operations Contingency planning and monitoring. The project will execute three open directives in FERC Order 693 calling for reliability requirements that will “enable operators to deal with real-time situations”. The initial draft of the Standards Authorization Request has been posted for a 30 day review period. Clients have until August 17, 2015 to provide comments back to the drafting team. Price:...

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Spotlight on NERC Lessons Learned – Operations Systems Data Integrity

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in All Products, Articles, Spotlight Articles | 0 comments

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at three incidents where Operations systems data integrity affected electric system performance, and which other Registered Entities may learn from and avoid. The Lessons Learned explore the effect of data quality on the systems that support Real-time operations through the study of actual events that manifested themselves in very different ways. Electric system outages that result from poor operations data quality continue to be one of NERC’s top reliability concerns. New reliability requirements could result if these Lessons Learned do not reduce the incidence of these types of threats. Price:...

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Spotlight on FERC’s NOPR to Approve the Output of Three Projects (2008-02, 2009-03, and 2010-05.2)

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

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at FERC’s proposal to approve the output of three major NERC initiatives related to Undervoltage Load Shedding Systems, emergency operations, and Remedial Action Schemes. In the NOPR, the Commission expects to approve without reservation key aspects of the three projects, except for two perceived UVLS reliability gaps in PRC-010-1. FERC’s proposal to accept EOP-011-1, PRC-010-1, and the RAS definition is posted for a 60 day public review. Clients have until 8/24/15 to submit comments on the NOPR or to respond to the Commission’s two issues raised in the Docket. Price:...

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