WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission took action on several items related to reliability at its monthly open meeting on Thursday. The action included decisions related to frequency response in the evolving bulk power system, FERC’s protection of critical energy/electric infrastructure information (CEII) and the availability of certain NERC databases to FERC.
FERC’s notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) on frequency response revisions proposes to require large and small generators to provide primary and sustained frequency response capability and apply certain operating requirements based on NERC guidelines. Frequency response is among the essential reliability services critical to the reliability of the bulk power system. The NOPR recognizes the importance of frequency response as the generation resource mix undergoes rapid change.
The CEII order is a final rule detailing how FERC will add processes for the designation, protection, and sharing of CEII. In issuing this order, FERC is anticipated to address an outstanding request for clarification regarding Order No. 824, which required FERC access to certain NERC databases.
The reliability and security of the bulk power system is a priority for NERC and industry, and we will continue the work with FERC and stakeholders toward assuring the reliability of the North American bulk power system.