The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) is a not-for-profit international regulatory authority whose mission is to ensure the reliability of the bulk power system in North America. NERC develops and enforces Reliability Standards; annually assesses seasonal and long‐term reliability; monitors the bulk power system through system awareness; and educates, trains, and certifies industry personnel. NERC’s area of responsibility spans the continental United States, Canada, and the northern portion of Baja California, Mexico. NERC is the electric reliability organization (ERO) for North America, subject to oversight by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and governmental authorities in Canada. NERC's jurisdiction includes users, owners, and operators of the bulk power system, which serves more than 334 million people.
The ERO’s key programs, which impact more than 1,900 bulk power system owners and operators, are based on four pillars of continued success:
- Reliability – to address events and identifiable risks, thereby improving the reliability of the bulk power system.
- Assurance – to provide assurance to the public, industry, and government for the reliable performance of the bulk power system.
- Learning – to promote learning and continuous improvement of operations and adapt to lessons learned for improved bulk power system reliability.
- Risk-based Approach – to focus attention, resources, and actions on issues most important to bulk power system reliability.