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Project 2007-17.2 Protection System Maintenance and Testing - Phase 2 (Reclosing Relays)
Status 
Board Adopted: November 22, 2013

Filed with FERC: February 14, 2014

Order Effective

Enforcement Date
 
Background:
On February 3, 2012, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued Order No. 758 approving an interpretation of NERC Reliability Standard PRC‐005‐1, Transmission and Generation Protection System Maintenance and Testing. In addition to approving the interpretation, the Commission directed that concerns identified in the preceding Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) be addressed within the reinitiated PRC‐005 revisions. The concerns raised in the NOPR pertain to automatic reclosing (autoreclosing) relays that are either "used in coordination with a Protection System to achieve or meet system performance requirements established in other Commission-approved Reliability Standards, or can exacerbate fault conditions when not properly maintained and coordinated," in which case "excluding the maintenance and testing of reclosing relays will result in a gap in the maintenance and testing of relays affecting the reliability of the Bulk-Power System." To address these concerns, the Commission concludes that "specific requirements or selection criteria should be used to identify reclosing relays that affect the reliability of the Bulk-Power System."
 
In response to Order No. 758, the Protection System Maintenance and Testing Standard Drafting Team (SDT) drafted a Standard Authorization Request (SAR) to modify PRC-005 to include the maintenance and testing of reclosing relays that can affect the reliable operation of the Bulk-Power System. On May 10, 2012, the NERC Standards Committee (SC) accepted the SAR and authorized that it be posted for information only along with the 3rd draft of PRC-005-2. The NERC SC noted that PRC-005-2 was in the final stages of the development process, having passed a successive ballot with 79 percent approval on June 27, 2012 and was scheduled to be presented for approval at the November NERC Board of Trustees meeting. Consequently, in recognition of the consensus achieved, the NERC SC determined that the drafting team should complete the development of PRC-005-2 and immediately thereafter begin work on PRC-005-3 which would reflect the necessary revisions to address reclosing relays.
 
The SDT also requested the NERC Planning Committee (PC) provide the technical input necessary to develop the appropriate revisions to PRC-005. The NERC PC instructed the NERC System Analysis and Modeling Subcommittee (SAMS) and System Protection and Control Subcommittee (SPCS) to jointly perform a technical study to determine which reclosing relays should be addressed within PRC-005 and provide advice regarding the appropriate maintenance intervals and activities for those relays. The final report was approved by the NERC PC on November 14, 2012 and provided to the SDT for guidance in developing
PRC-005-3.
 
In Order No. 758, the Commission also directed NERC to file, by July 30, 2012, either a completed project, or an informational filing providing "a schedule for how NERC will address such issues in the Project 2007-17 reinitiated efforts." On July 30, 2012, NERC submitted an informational filing in compliance with Order No. 758 with a proposed schedule for addressing reclosing relays. The project number and name are as follows: Project 2007-17.2 Protection System Maintenance and Testing - Phase 2 (Reclosing Relays).
 
On January 17, 2013 the NERC SC authorized the draft SAR to be posted for industry comment and on April 4, 2013, the SC authorized the standard to be posted for a 30-day comment period.
 
 
Draft Action Dates Results Consideration of Comments
Revised VSLs for PRC-005-3 for Board Review
For Board Review 4/7/2014

PRC-005-3
Clean | Redline to Last Approved

 
Errata Change: On February, 12, 2014, the Standards Committee approved errata changes to correct capitalization of certain defined terms within the definitions of "Unresolved Maintenance Issue" and "Protection System Maintenance Program". The changes will be relected in the definitions section of PRC-005-3 for "Unresolved Maintenance Issue" and in the NERC Glossary of Terms for "Protection System Maintenance Program".

PRC-005-3
Clean | Redline to Last Posted

Redline to Last Approved

Implementation Plan
Clean | Redline to Last Posted

Supporting Materials:
Supplementary Reference and FAQ
Clean | Redline to Last Posted

 

​Final Ballot

 Info>>

 

Vote>>

​10/16/13 - 10/25/13
(Closed)

Summary>>

 

Ballot Results>>​

 
Implementation Plan
 
 
Supporting Materials:
 
 
SAR
 
VRF/VSL Justification
 
Supplementary Reference and FAQ
Clean | Redline to Last Posted

Table of Issues and Directives

 

Ballot and Non-binding Poll

 

 

Vote>>

08/14/13 - 08/23/13
(Closed)

Summary>>

Ballot Results>>

Non-binding Poll>>

  

Comments Received>>

​Consideration of Comments>>

 

Comment Period

 

 

Submit Comments>>

07/10/13 - 08/23/13
(Closed)
Join Ballot Pool>>​ 07/10/13 - 08/08/13​
(Closed)

Draft SAR

PRC-005-3
Clean | Redline to Last Approved

Supporting Materials:

Unofficial Comment Form (Word):
Draft SAR
PRC-005-3

Implementation Plan
Clean | Redline to Last Approved


VRF/VSL Justification
Clean | Redline to Last Approved

Supplementary Reference and FAQ
Clean | Redline to Last Approved

Table of Issues and Directives


FERC Order 758

Informational Filing in Compliance with Order No. 758

SAMS-SPCS Order 758 Autoreclosing Report

 Comment Period

Info>>

 

 

Submit Comments:

04/05/13 - 05/06/13
(Closed)

 

 

Comments Received Draft SAR>>
 
 

 

 

 

Consideration of Comments

 

 

 

 

 
 

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