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FERC, pursuant to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, finalized on February 2, 2006, landmark new rules on the certification of an Electric Reliability Organization and the procedures for the establishment, approval and enforcement of mandatory electric reliability standards.

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November
    Item E-6: FERC seeks comment on proposed Reliability Standard BAL-001-2 (Real Power Balancing Control Performance) which is designed to ensure that applicable entities maintain system frequency within narrow bounds around a scheduled value. FERC further is requesting that NERC submit an informational filing that would address the impact of the proposed Reliability Standard on inadvertent interchange and unscheduled power flows. November 20, 2014 NOPR PDF

    Item E-10: FERC accepts NERC's Five-Year Performance Assessment, finds that NERC continues to satisfy the statutory and regulatory criteria for certification as the Electric Reliability Organization, and finds that the Regional Entities continue to satisfy applicable statutory and regulatory criteria. In addition, the FERC directs NERC to submit an informational filing addressing specific matters. November 20, 2014 Decision PDF

    Item E-4: FERC approves Reliability Standard CIP-014-1 that enhances the physical security measures for the most critical Bulk-Power System facilities and thereby lessen the overall vulnerability of the Bulk-Power System against physical attacks. In addition, FERC directs NERC to develop one modification to the Standard and submit an informational filing. November 20, 2014 Order No. 802 PDF
October
    Item E-8: FERC accepts the North American Electric Reliability Corporation 2015 business plan and budget, the 2015 business plans and budgets of each Regional Entity, the 2015 business plan and budget of the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body, and the 2015 business plan and budget of Peak Reliability, Inc. October 16, 2014 Decision PDF

    Item E-4: FERC Denies Request for Rehearing of Order No. 797 and Approves Reliability Standard EOP-010-1, Geomagnetic Disturbance Operations. October 16, 2014 Order No. 797-A PDF
September
    Item E-6: The order accepts NERCís compliance filing and approves two modifications to the FFT program. First, the order approves NERCís proposal to continue to process certain moderate risk possible violations as FFTs, and directs NERC to provide additional reporting on the treatment of moderate risk FFTs in the next annual report. Second, the order approves in part and rejects in part NERCís proposal to extend the timeframe for competing mitigation activities associated with an FFT. Specifically, the order approves NERCís proposal to extend the mitigation period after an FFT is posted from 90 days to one year. However, the order rejects NERCís proposal to allow mitigation activities to extend longer than one year after an FFT is posted. September 18, 2014 Decision PDF

    Item E-16: FERC seeks comments on two revised Reliability Standards, COM-001-2 (Communications) and COM-002-4 (Operating Personnel Communications Protocols). The NOPR also raises concerns and seeks additional comment on the responsibility of transmission owners and generator owners that receive operating instructions to use three-part communications, on a proposed directive to modify COM-001-2 to address internal communication capabilities, and on NERCís intended meaning and use of the terms Interpersonal Communication and Alternative Interpersonal Communication. September 18, 2014 NOPR PDF

    Item E-4: FERC seeks comments on collecting Demand and Energy Data Reliability Standard (MOD-031-1). Reliability Standard MOD-031-1 provides authority for applicable entities to collect demand, energy and related data to support reliability studies and assessments and to enumerate the responsibilities and obligations of requestors and respondents of that data. September 18, 2014 NOPR PDF

July
    Item E-10: FERC Approves Final Rule Approves New Reliability Standard, Generator Relay Loadability and Revised Transmission Relay Loadability Reliability Standard. July 17, 2014 Order No. 799 PDF

    Item E-9: FERC seeks comment on proposed physical security Reliability Standard PRC-005-3 Protection System Maintenance. The NOPR adds certain autoreclosing relays to the currently approved standard (PRC-005-2). The NOPR also proposes to direct NERC to submit a report based on actual performance data or simulated system conditions from planning assessments, two years after the effective date of the proposed standard, addressing whether the proposed Reliability Standard applies to an appropriate set of autoreclosing relays. In addition, the NOPR proposes to direct NERC to modify the proposed Reliability Standard to include maintenance and testing of supervisory relays. July 17, 2014 NOPR PDF

    Item E-8: FERC seeks comment on proposed physical security Reliability Standard CIP-014-1. The NOPR also proposes to direct NERC to develop two modifications to the physical security Reliability Standard. July 17, 2014 NOPR PDF

June
    Item E-19: FERC approves Reliability Standard on Systems Personnel Training (PER-005-2), along with its associated implementation plan and violation risk factors and severity levels. The final rule also approves the new NERC Glossary term ďOperations Support PersonnelĒ and the proposed changes to the Glossary term ďSystem Operator.Ē June 19, 2014 Decision E-19 PDF

    Item E-18: FERC approves Reliability Standard EOP-010-1 (Geomagnetic Disturbance Operations). This Reliability Standard is designed to mitigate the effects of geomagnetic disturbances (GMDs) on the Bulk-Power System by requiring responsible entities to implement Operating Plans and Operating Procedures or Processes. FERC further approved the associated violation risk factors and violation severity levels, implementation plan, and effective dates proposed by NERC. June 19, 2014 Order No. 797 PDF

    Item E-17: FERC seeks comment on the proposed Reliability Standard MOD-001-2 (Modeling, Data, and Analysis) developed by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. Reliability Standard MOD-001-2 addresses the reliability issues associated with determinations of available transfer capability and available flowgate capability. June 19, 2014 NOPR PDF
March
    FERC approves revisions to the definition of bulk electric system. The revisions respond to two Commission directives from Order Nos. 773 and 773-A: (1) to implement the exclusions for radial systems (exclusion E1) and local networks (exclusion E3) so that they do not apply to generator interconnection facilities for bulk electric system generators identified in inclusion I2, and (2) to modify the local network exclusion to remove the 100 kV minimum operating voltage to allow systems that include one or more looped configurations connected below 100 kV to be eligible for the local network exclusion. The revisions also respond to industry concerns raised during the initial development of the revisions to the definition. March 20, 2014 Decision PDF

    FERC seeks comments on the proposed new standard on generator relay loadability, Reliability Standard PRC-025-1, which will serve to enhance reliability by imposing mandatory requirements governing generator relay loadability, thereby reducing the likelihood of premature or unnecessary tripping of generators during system disturbances. In addition, the proposed revisions to PRC-023-2 are appropriate in that they clarify the applicability of the two standards governing relay loadability (PRC-025-1 and PRC-023-3), and prevent potential compliance overlap due to inconsistencies. Finally, FERC seeks comment on the proposed violation risk factors and violation severity levels as proposed for PRC-025-1, as well as the proposed implementation plans for the two standards. March 20, 2014 NOPR PDF

    FERC grants in part the requests for clarification and denies the requests for rehearing of Order No. 791, which approved the CIP version 5 Reliability Standards. March 20, 2014 Order No. 791-A PDF

    FERC approves five modeling (MOD) Reliability Standards submitted by the NERC: MOD-025-2, MOD-026-1, MOD-027-1, PRC-019-1, and PRC-024-1. The Reliability Standards help ensure that verified data is available for power system planning and operational studies by requiring the verification of generator equipment and capability needed to support Bulk-Power System reliability and promoting the coordination of protection system settings. The improvements in the accuracy of model verifications should help reduce the risk of generator trips and provide more accurate models for transmission planners and planning coordinators to develop system models and simulations. March 20, 2014 Order No. 796 PDF

    FERC directs the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to develop reliability standards requiring owners and operators of the Bulk-Power System to address risks to the reliable operation of the Bulk-Power System due to physical security threats and vulnerabilities. March 7, 2014 Order PDF
January
    FERC seeks comments on Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which proposes to approve proposed Reliability Standard EOP-010-1 (Geomagnetic Disturbance Operations) submitted by NERC. The proposed Reliability Standard was developed and submitted by NERC in response to a Commission directive in Order No. 779 PDF. January 16, 2014 NOPR PDF
    FERC approves Reliability Standard BAL-003-1 (Frequency Response and Frequency Bias Setting) submitted by the NERC. The Reliability Standard defines the amount of frequency response needed from balancing authorities to maintain Interconnection frequency within defined bounds and includes requirements for the measurement and provision of frequency response. Also, Reliability Standard BAL-003-1 establishes a minimum Frequency Response Obligation for each balancing authority, provides a uniform calculation of frequency response, sets Frequency Bias Settings that set values closer to actual balancing authority frequency response, and encourages coordinated automatic generation control operation. January 16, 2014 Order No. 794 PDF

 
April 16, 2014 - FERC to Convene a Technical Conference on the Reliability of the Bulk-Power System on June 10, 2014 Notice PDF | Event Details

February 27, 2014 - FERC Staff to Convene Technical Conference Addressing Critical Infrastructure Protection Issues Identified in Order No. 791 on April 29, 2014 Notice PDF | Event Details

November 29Ė30, 2011 - FERC convened a technical conference to discuss policy issues related to reliability of the Bulk-Power system Notice PDF | Event Details | Comments Filed

October 12, 2011 - FERC staff to convene a meeting on Single Point of Failure on Protection Systems (RM10-6) on October 24–25, 2011 Notice PDF | Event Details

October 7, 2011 - FERC to convene a technical conference to discuss policy issues related to reliability of the Bulk-Power system on November 29–30, 2011 Notice PDF | Event Details

September 26, 2011 - FERC staff to convene technical conference on issues related to reliability standard CIP-006-2 on Oct. 25, 2011 Notice PDF | Event Details

December 16, 2010: FERC announces technical conference on Priorities for Addressing Risks to the Reliability of the Bulk-Power System for February 8, 2011 Event Details | Notice PDF | Commissioner Norris’s Statement

October 5, 2010 - FERC announces technical conference on Transmission Vegetation Management Programs Event Details | Notice PDF

October 1, 2010 - FERC to hold Technical Conference on November 18, 2010 on Reliability Monitoring, Enforcement and Compliance Issues  Event Details | Notice PDF

June 15, 2010 - FERC to hold technical conference on development and enforcement of mandatory reliability standards Reliability Standards for the Bulk-Power System on July 6, 2010 Event Details | Notice PDF

September 10, 2009- Public Meeting announced on mandatory reliability standards for the Bulk-Power System to present research conducted by the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison sponsored by the Commission, on Topological and Impedance Element Ranking (TIER) of the Bulk-Power System for September 22, 2009 (RM06-16-000) Event Details

June 15, 2007- Technical conference announced on Reliability Standard Compliance and Enforcement in Regions with Independent System Operators and Regional Transmission Organizations for September 18, 2007 (AD07-12-000) Event Details

March 2, 2007 - Technical Conference to discuss a rehearing request addressing the North American Electric Reliability Corporation's (NERC) business plan and budget as the Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) (RR06-3-001) Event Details | Comments received [eLibrary]

July 6, 2006 - Technical Conference on NERC's April 4, 2006 petition and to address issues raised in the Staff Assessment Event Details

April 18, 2006 – FERC and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to meet jointly on grid reliability News Release | Event Details

February 2, 2006 - Special public meeting scheduled to address Energy Policy Act items News Release | Event Details

November 18, 2005 - Technical conference on Electric Reliability Organization certification and procedures (Docket No. RM05-30-000) Event Details

June 22, 2005 - US and Canadian flags US-Canada workshop in Toronto on Draft Principles for an International Electric Reliability Organization Event Details

November 3, 2004 - United States and Canada flags Staff to attend December 8, 2004 workshop on establishing Electricity Reliability Organization Event Details | Registration DOC

September 29, 2004 - Technical conference on Reliability Readiness Reviews Event Details | View Conference (You must have Windows Media Player 9 to view this file, download External Link.)

July 15, 2004 - The Commission is planning a summer 2004 Reliability workshop in Cleveland, Ohio Event Details

May 14, 2004 - US-Canada power system outage Task Force and FERC co-hosted a technical workshop that discussed improvement of NA electric reliability standards and April 2004 report recommendations Event Details | Staff Paper

December 1, 2003 - FERC held a public conference on electric reliability Event Details
 
July 17, 2012 - Joseph McClelland testimony before the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee on Cyber Security and the Grid Testimony PDF | Event Details

May 31, 2011 - Joseph McClelland testifies before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power on Protecting the Electric Grid: the Grid Reliability and Infrastructure Defense Act Testimony PDF | Event Details

May 5, 2011 - Joseph McClelland testifies before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Cyber Security Testimony PDF | Event Details

February 21, 2011 - Joseph McClelland testifies before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Testimony PDF | Event Details

October 27, 2009 - Joseph McClelland to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Environment Testimony PDF | Event Details

July 21, 2009 - Joseph McClelland testified before the House Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology on Securing the Modern Electric Grid from Physical and Cyber Attacks Testimony PDF | Event Details

May 7, 2009 - Joseph McClelland testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on cybersecurity and critical electricity infrastructure Testimony PDF | Event Details

September 11, 2008 - Chairman Kelliher testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality on Protecting the Electric Grid from Cyber-Security Threats Testimony PDF | Event Details

October 17, 2007 - Office of Reliability Director Joseph McClelland's testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, & Science & Technology on cyber security Testimony PDF | Event Details

July 12, 2006 - Chairman Joseph T. Kelliher testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee Government Reform, Subcommittee on Energy and Resources regarding the "Can the U.S. Electric Grid Take Another Hot Summer?" Testimony PDF | Event Details

May 15, 2006 - General Counsel John S. Moot’s testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources regarding the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and electric reliability Testimony PDF | Event Details

June 8, 2005 - FERC Chairman urges Congress to fix transmission grid News Release | Testimony Summary PDF | Full Testimony PDF | Grid 2030 Report PDF

 
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