EL13-52-001, RR13-10-000, RR13-12-000
Order Addressing WECC’s Proposal to Establish an Independent RC for the Western Interconnection
FERC issues an order addressing three filings concerning the Western Electricity Coordinating Council's (WECC's) proposal to establish an independent Reliability Coordinator (RC) for the Western Interconnection, known as Peak Reliability, that would be funded under section 215 of the Federal Power Act. (1) FERC denies EEI's request for rehearing of the Declaratory Order. (2) FERC conditionally accepts NERC's proposed amendments to the NERC-WECC Delegation Agreement and directs a compliance filing. (3) FERC conditionally accepts WECC's petition for approval of Peak Reliability governance documents and directs a compliance filing.
FERC issues a final rule approving the Version 5 Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standards, CIP-002-5 through CIP-011-1. The final rule also approves 19 new or revised definitions associated with the CIP Version 5 Reliability Standards for inclusion in the NERC Glossary of Terms. The final rule further directs NERC to develop modifications to the CIP Version 5 Reliability Standards, and submit informational filings.
RM13-12-000, RM13-14-000, RM13-15-000
FERC issues a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) proposing to remand NERC’s proposed revisions to the Transmission Operations (TOP) and Interconnection Reliability Operations and Coordination (IRO) Reliability Standards. The NOPR indicates that, because NERC’s proposed revisions would no longer require entities to plan to operate within all system operating limits, a remand is appropriate. The NOPR raises other questions regarding NERC’s proposed revisions and indicates that, depending on the explanations provided in NOPR commenters, further modifications on remand may be directed. The NOPR also proposes to approve NERC’s proposed revision to Reliability Standard TOP-006-3.
Order No. 789 Final Rule Approving Regional Reliability Standard BAL-002-WECC-2 (Contingency Reserve)
FERC approves regional Reliability Standard BAL-002-WECC-2 (Contingency Reserve), the associated VRFs, VSLs, implementation plan, effective date proposed by NERC and WECC, the retirement of BAL-STD-002-0 (Operating Reserves), and the removal of "Non-Spinning Reserve" and "Spinning Reserve" from the NERC Glossary of Terms. The WECC regional Reliability Standard applies to balancing authorities and reserve sharing groups in the WECC Region and is meant to specify the quantity and types of contingency reserve required to ensure reliability under normal and abnormal conditions.
Order No. 787 Communication of Operational Information between Natural Gas Pipelines and Electric Transmission Operators
FERC issues a final rule modifying Parts 38 and 284 of its regulations to provide explicit authority to interstate natural gas pipelines and public utilities that own, moperate, or control facilities used for the transmission of electric energy in interstate commerce to share non-public, operational information with each other for the purpose of promoting reliable service or operational planning on either the pipeline’s or public utility’s system. The Commission also is adopting a No-Conduit Rule to provide additional protections against undue discrimination and ensure that the non-public, operational information shared under the rule remains confidential.
RM08-13-000, RM08-13-001, RM11-16-000
Order on Compliance Order No. 733
FERC issues an order accepting NERC's February 19, 2013 compliance filing pursuant to Order Nos. 733 and 759, related to Reliability Standard PRC-023-2 (Transmission Relay Loadability).
Order on 2014 Business Plan and Budget Filing and Ordering Compliance Filing
FERC issues an order accepting in part and rejecting in part the 2014 Business Plan and Budget of NERC; accepting the 2014 Business Plan and Budgets of each Regional Entity; accepting the 2014 Business Plan and Budget of the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Board (WIRAB); and conditionally accepting the 2014 Business Plan and Budget of the Reliability Coordination Company (RC Company). (1) With respect to the RC Company, FERC accepts the Business Plan and Budget subject to the outcome of Docket Nos. EL13-52-001, RR13-10-000, and RR13-12-000. FERC does not authorize the issuance of billing invoices to fund the fiscal 2014 operation of RC Company until the Commission issues an order in the referenced Dockets. (2) FERC directs NERC to submit a compliance filing, within 30 days of the date of this order, indicating how NERC will allocate certain monies.
RM12-1-000 and RM13-9-000
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Approve Regional Reliability Standards MOD-025-2, MOD-026-1, MOD-027-1, PRC-019-1, and PRC-024-1
FERC issues a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) proposing to approve five proposed Generator Verification Reliability Standards. The Commission notes in the NOPR that, collectively, the proposed Reliability Standards improve the accuracy of model verifications needed to support reliability and enhance the coordination of generator protection systems and voltage regulating system controls. The Commission goes on to state that such improvements 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.
FERC issues an order granting, in part and denying in part requests for clarification and denies requests for rehearing of Order No. 764-A, the order on rehearing/clarification of Order No. 764, the Integration of Variable Energy Resources final rule.
Order No. 785 Final Rule on Generator Requirements at the Transmission Interface
FERC issues a final rule approving revisions to four Reliability Standards that extend or clarify that applicability of those standards to Generator Owners and Generator Operators and/or to their generator interconnection Facilities. In the final rule, the Commission also states that, while additional Reliability Standards or individual requirements may need to be applied on a case-by-case basis to generator interconnection Facilities in certain circumstances, for the majority of Generator Owners and Operators, NERC will not pursue registration of Generator Owners and Operators as Transmission Owners or Transmission Operators due solely to their ownership or operation of generator interconnection Facilities.
Notice of Extension of Time
FERC issues a notice granting an extension of time to all entities to file comments to and including September 20, 2013 on the 2014 Business Plans and Budgets of NERC and the Regional Entities filing submitted to FERC on August 23, 2013.
Letter Order accepting NERC Compliance Filing in Response to Order No. 777
FERC issues a letter order accepting NERC’s compliance filing without modification submitted in response to Order No. 777, which approved NERC’s proposed Reliability Standard FAC-003-2 (Transmission Vegetation Management). In that order, the Commission directed NERC to (1) provide a description of NERC’s plan to conduct testing to develop empirical data regarding the flashover distances between conductors and vegetation; (2) modify the Violation Risk Factor for Requirement R2 from Medium to High; and (3) confirm that NERC has posted guidance materials for NERC Reliability Standard FAC-003-2 to its website.
Order Approving Revisions to the NERC ROP Appendix 4D and Appendix 2, and Directing Compliance Filing
FERC issues an order approving NERC's April 8, 2013 revisions to two sections of its Rules of Procedure: Appendix 4D (Procedure for Requesting and Receiving Technical Feasibility Exceptions (TFEs) to NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards) and Appendix 2 (Definitions Used in the Rules of Procedure). In addition NERC is directed to submit a compliance filing, within 90 days, revising Appendix 4D to specify a time frame for reporting material changes to TFEs and include additional information in its TFE annual report.
RM12-6-002 and RM12-7-002
Order Denying Request for Clarification and Rehearing
FERC issues an order denying the requested clarification or in the alternative rehearing, by National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the American Public Power Association, of the Commission's Order No. 773-A.
FERC issues a letter order accepting the July 17, 2013 Petition seeking approval of amendments to NERC’s Delegation Agreement with Texas Reliability Entity, Inc. (Texas RE). These amendments consist of changes to Exhibit D to the Delegation Agreement, Texas RE's Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Program (CMEP).
RM11-11-000 and RM13-5-000
Order Granting Extension of Time CIP Versions 4 and 5
FERC issues an order granting extension of time on Version 4 of the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standards. The Commission approved the Version 4 CIP Reliability Standards in Order No. 761. This order extends the effective date from April 1, 2014 to October 1, 2014.
Letter Order Approving NERC 2012 Budget True-Up Filing
FERC approves NERC's 2012 Budget True-Up Filing showing comparisons between budgeted and actual expenditures, audited financial statements, and administrative cost metrics for itself and the eight Regional Entities for the 2012 fiscal year in compliance with previous Commission orders.
FERC issues a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) proposing to revise Parts 38 and 284 of its regulations to provide explicit authority to interstate natural gas pipelines and public utilities that own, operate, or control facilities used for the transmission of electric energy in interstate commerce to share non-public operational information with each other for the purpose of promoting reliable service or operational planning on either the public utility's or pipeline's system.
Order Approving SPP Stipulation and Consent Agreement
FERC issues an order approving the Stipulation and Consent Agreement between the Office of Enforcement (Enforcement), NERC, and Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP). This order resolves an investigation of SPP, conducted by Enforcement in coordination with the Commission’s Office of Electric Reliability (OER) and NERC, into possible violations of Reliability Standards associated with SPP’s reliability coordination of a portion of the Bulk Power System.
NP13-34-00, NP13-35-00, NP13-36-00, NP13-37-00, NP13-38-00, NP13-39-000
Order on Notices of Penalty - May 30, 2013 Notices of Penalty
The Commission issues an order stating that it would not further review, on its own motion, the following Notices of Penalty in Docket Nos. NP13-34-00 Unidentified Registered Entity; NP13-35-00 American Electric Power Service Corporation; NP13-36-00 Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District; NP13-37-00 American Electric Power Service Corporation; NP13-38-00 Unidentified Registered Entity; and NP13-39-000 Spreadsheet Notice of Penalty.
Order Approving Revisions to Electric Reliability Organization's Standard Processes Manual
FERC issues an order approving the proposed Standard Processes Manual (SPM) modifications as reasonable, allowing for greater flexibility and efficiency in the Reliability Standards development process. The SPM is set forth as Appendix 3A to the NERC Rules of Procedure. FERC notes that the revised provisions recognize the need for highly qualified standards drafting teams that include technical writers, legal compliance, and rigorous and highly trained project management.
Letter Order on Compliance Filing related to NERC Rules of Procedure
FERC issues a letter order in response to a February 19, 2013 compliance filing that addressed Paragraphs 37, 54, 67, 87, and 107 of its December 20, 2012 order. This order conditionally approved NERC's May 7, 2012 Rules of Procedure revisions and directed NERC to reinstate, remove, and clarify certain provisions within 60-days.
Order on Clarification on Proposed Interpretation of CIP-002
FERC issues an order for clarification of the March 21, 2013 Order on Interpretation of Reliability Standards, in which the Commission remanded NERC's proposed interpretation of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Reliability Standard CIP-002.
RD13-5-000, RR08-4-000, RR08-4-001, RR08-4-002, RM08-19-004, RM09-9-000, RM09-19-000, RM09-25-000, RM10-15-000, RM10-16-000, RD11-4-000
Letter Order Granting Petition for Approval of the Interpretation to TPL-003-0a and TPL-004-0
FERC issues a letter order granting approval of the proposed interpretation to certain requirements for two Reliability Standards: TPL-003-0a (System Performance Following Loss of Two or More Bulk Electric System Elements (Category C)) and TPL-004-0 (System Performance Following Extreme Events Resulting in the Loss of Two or More Bulk Electric System Elements (Category D)).
NOPR on Electric Reliability Organization Proposal to Retire Requirements in Reliability Standards
FERC issues a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) proposing to retire 34 requirements within 19 Reliability Standards that are redundant or otherwise unnecessary, and where violations of these requirements pose a lesser risk to the reliability of the Bulk-Power System. In addition, the NOPR proposes to withdraw 41 outstanding Commission directives that NERC make modifications to Reliability Standards that have been addressed in some other manner, are redundant with another directive, or provide general guidance as opposed to a specific directive.
Order Granting Approval for EOP-004-2
FERC issues an order approving Reliability Standard EOP-004-2, which would replace two existing Reliability Standards, EOP-004-1 - Disturbance Reporting and CIP-001-2a - Sabotage Reporting.
Order Granting Petition for Declaratory Order for WECC
FERC issues an order granting the Western Electricity Coordinating Council's (WECC's) petition for declaratory order regarding its plan to establish a separate, independent company, RC Company, to perform the reliability coordinator function in the WECC region.
Order on Compliance Filing and Proposed Enhancements to the FFT Program
FERC accept NERC’s twelve-month report regarding the matters pertaining to the Find, Fix, Track and Report (FFT) implementation experience. Further, the Commission approves proposed enhancements including NERC’s proposal to (1) expand the FFT program by allowing FFT treatment for some moderate risk possible violations; (2) remove the requirement that possible violations must be completely mitigated prior to submitting or posting possible violations as FFTs by the Regional Entities; (3) allow Regional Entities to publicly post FFTs on a common website on the last day of each month instead of NERC submitting a monthly informational filing to the Commission; and (4) review a representative sample of FFTs during the 60-day window following Regional Entities’ monthly posting of FFTs on NERC’s website.
RM12-6-000 and RM12-7-000
FERC issues an order granting an extension of time on the Bulk Electric System definition effective date and the Rules of Procedure exception process. This order extends the effective date from July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014.
Letter Order Accepting Amendments to the MRO Delegation Agreement
FERC issues a letter order accepting the April 26, 2013 petition seeking approval of the amendments to Delegation Agreement with Midwest Reliability Organization, Inc. (MRO). These amendments consist of edits to the MRO Regional Reliability Standards Process Manual.
Letter Order Accepting Amendments to the Texas RE Delegation Agreement
FERC issues a letter order accepting the April 9, 2013 Petition seeking approval of amendments to NERC’s Delegation Agreement with Texas Reliability Entity, Inc. (Texas RE). These amendments consist of minor corrections and non-substantive changes to Articles I, II, III, IV, V, VI, IX, and XI of the Texas RE Bylaws.
NP13-31-000, NP13-32-000, NP13-33-000
The Commission issues an order stating that it would not further review, on its own motion, the following Notices of Penalty in Docket Nos. NP13-31-000 Brownsville Public Utilities Board; NP13-32-000 Unidentified Registered Entity; and NP13-33-000 Spreadsheet Notice of Penalty.
RM12-6-000 and RM12-7-000
RM12-1-000 and RM13-9-000
RM12-6-001 and RM12-7-001
Letter Order Approving Compliance Filing for PRC-006-SERC-01
FERC issues a letter order approving a compliance filing submitted in response to the December 20, 2013 order approving regional Reliability Standard PRC-006-SERC-01. The compliance filing corrected the Rationale statement for Requirement R6 and modified the Violation Risk Factor from "Medium" to "High."
NP13-28-000, NP13-29-000, NP13-30-000
Order on Notices of Penalty - March 27, 2013 Notices of Penalty
The Commission issues an order stating that it would not further review, on its own motion, the following Notices of Penalty in Docket Nos. NP13-28-000 Unidentified Registered Entity; NP13-29-000 Spreadsheet Notice of Penalty; and NP13-30-000 Unidentified Registered Entity.
Order on Compliance Approving NERC's Section 215 Criteria
FERC issues an order approving, with modifications, NERC’s written criteria for determining whether a NERC activity can be funded under Section 215 of the Federal Power Act. NERC developed the proposed criteria in response to Recommendation No. 37 in the Office of Enforcement’s May 4, 2012 Audit Report.
NOPR on Version 5 Critical Infrastructure Protection Reliability Standards
FERC issues a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to approve the Version 5 CIP Standards. The proposed Reliability Standards, which pertain to the cyber security of the bulk electric system, represent an improvement over the current Commission-approved CIP Reliability Standards as they adopt new cyber security controls and extend the scope of the systems that are protected by the CIP Reliability Standards.
NOPR Proposed to Approve Generator Requirements at the Transmission Interface (GOTO)
FERC issues a NOPR in which it proposes to approve Reliability Standards FAC-001-1 (Facility Connection Requirements), FAC-003-3 (Transmission Vegetation Management), PRC-004-2.1 (Analysis and Mitigation of Transmission and Generation Protection System Misoperations), and PRC-005-1.1b (Transmission and Generation Protection System Maintenance and Testing). The proposed modifications improve reliability either by extending their applicability to certain generator interconnection facilities, or by clarifying that the existing Reliability Standard is and remains applicable to generator interconnection facilities.
RM12-6-001 and RM12-7-001
Order Approving Reliability Standard VAR-002-2b
FERC issues an order in which it approves Reliability Standard VAR-002-2b - Generator Operation for Maintaining Network Voltage Schedules, the associated VSLs and VRFs, and an implementation plan for VAR-002-2b. The revised Reliability Standard VAR-002-2b ensures that generators provide reactive and voltage control necessary to ensure voltage levels, reactive flows, and reactive resources are maintained within applicable facility ratings to protect equipment and the reliable operation of the interconnection.
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Proposing to Approve MOD-028-2 - Area Interchange Methodology
FERC issues a NOPR in which it proposes to approve Reliability Standard MOD-028-1 - Area Interchange Methodology pertaining to the information a transmission service provider must include when calculating Total Transfer Capability using the area interchange methodology for the on-peak and off-peak intra-day and next day time periods. The Commission also proposes to approve NERC’s proposed implementation plan and retirement of the currently-effective standard.
Order No. 777 Approving FAC-003-2 (Transmission Vegetation Management)
FERC issues a final rule approving Reliability Standard FAC-003-2 (Transmission Vegetation Management), and three new definitions in the NERC Glossary of Terms – “Right-of-Way,” “Vegetation Inspection,” and “Minimum Vegetation Clearance Distance.” FAC-003-2 also incorporates a new minimum annual inspection requirement, and incorporates new minimum vegetation clearance distances into the text of the standard.
Letter Order Accepting Amendments to RFC Bylaws
FERC issues a letter order accepting the December 28, 2012 petition seeking approval of amendments to NERC’s Delegation Agreement with ReliabilityFirst Corporation (RFC), specifically amendments to the RFC Bylaws.
Notice of Technical Conference - Coordination Between Natural Gas and Electricity Markets
FERC issues a notice of a technical conference focused on natural gas and electric scheduling, and issues related to whether and how natural gas and electric industry schedules could be harmonized in order to achieve the most efficient scheduling systems for both industries. The technical conference will take place on April 25, 2013 beginning at 9:00am and ending at approximately 5:00pm.
NP13-21-000, NP13-22-000, NP13-23-000
The Commission issues an order stating that it would not further review, on its own motion, the following Notices of Penalty in Docket Nos. NP13-21-000 Silicon Valley Power; NP13-22-000 Unidentified Registered Entity; and NP13-23-000 Spreadsheet NOP.
NP13-9-000, NP13-10-000, NP13-11-000, NP13-12-000, NP13-13-000, NP13-14-000, NP13-15-000, NP13-16-000, NP13-17-000, NP13-18-000, NP13-19-000, NP13-20-000
The Commission issues an order stating that it would not further review, on its own motion, the following Notices of Penalty in Docket Nos. NP13-9-000 Arlington Valley, LLC - AVBA; NP13-10-000 Entergy; NP13-11-000 Unidentified Registered Entity; NP13-12-000 Spreadsheet NOP; NP13-13-000 Sunflower Electric Power Cooperative, Mid-Kansas Electric Company, LLC; NP13-14-000 Southwest Power Pool, Inc. – ICTE; NP13-15-000 Arizona Public Service Company; NP13-16-000 Unidentified Registered Entity; NP13-17-000 Unidentified Registered Entities; NP13-18-000 Unidentified Registered Entity; NP13-19-000 Unidentified Registered Entity; and NP13-20-000 Duke Energy Carolinas.
Order Accepting the Compliance Filing in response to the CEI Order
FERC issues a letter order accepting the October 12, 2012 compliance filing which was submitted in response to the September 20, 2012 Order. NERC submitted training materials that were developed to facilitate the implementation of Find, Fix, Track and Report (FFT) determinations. Docket No. RC11-6-003