FERC issues an order denying rehearing of its July 18, 2013 order granting the South Louisiana Electric Cooperative's (SLECA) appeal of a registry decision by NERC.
FERC issues a final rule approving NERC’s revised Reliability Standard, PRC-005-2 (Protection System Maintenance), which will supersede four existing Reliability Standards, PRC-005-1.1b (Transmission and Generation Protection System Maintenance and Testing), PRC-008-0 (Underfrequency Load Shedding Equipment Maintenance), PRC-011-0 (Undervoltage Load Shedding Equipment Maintenance), and PRC-017-0 (Special Protection System Maintenance and Testing).
FERC issues an errata notice for final rule on Version 5 Critical Infrastructure Protection Reliability Standards, issued on November 22, 2013 to correct P 16. Specifically, the reference to “eighth” in the seventh line of P 16 is changed to “[ninth].”
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 NERC's proposed retirement of 34 requirements within 19
Reliability Standards in response to the Commission’s proposal in paragraph 81
of the March 15, 2012 order in Docket No. RC11-6-000. The final rule approves
the retirement of the 34 requirements that either provide little protection for
Bulk-Power System reliability or are redundant with other aspects of the
Reliability Standards. In addition, the final rule withdraws 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.
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.
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).
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.
FERC issues an order denying rehearing of the Commission’s April 19, 2012 order upholding City of Holland, Michigan Board of Public Works’ registration as a Transmission Owner and Transmission Operator in the NERC Compliance Registry.
FERC issues a final rule approving NERC's proposed Transmission Planning Reliability Standard TPL-001-4.
Statement of Commissioner LaFleur on Transmission Planning Reliability Standards.
FERC issues a letter approving NERC's request to update its address in the NERC Rules of Procedure to reference the Atlanta, GA office.
FERC issues a letter order accepting the amendments to the Delegation Agreement with Southwest Power Pool, Inc. (SPP) – Amendments to Exhibit B - SPP's Bylaws. The proposed SPP bylaw amendments are to Sections 1.0, 3.0, 6.0, and 8.0, and are subject to the outcome of ongoing proceedings in Docket Nos. ER13-1769-000 and ER13-2031-000.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 approve Reliability Standard PRC-005-02 (Protection System Maintenance).
FERC issues a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) proposing to approve regional Reliability Standard BAL-002-WECC-2 (Contingency Reserve).
FERC issues a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) proposing to approve Reliability Standard BAL-003-1 (Frequency Response and Frequency Bias Setting).
FERC issues a final rule approving Modeling, Data, and Analysis (MOD) Reliability Standard MOD-028-2.
FERC issues an order granting the South Louisiana Electric Cooperative's (SLECA) appeal of a registry decision by NERC.
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.
FERC issues a letter order approving NERC Glossary terms "Bulk-Power System," "Reliable Operation," and "Reliability Standard."
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.
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.
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.
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.
FERC issues an order in response to NERC's compliance filing related to supplemental information filed concerning revised Violation Risk Factors and Violation Severity Levels associated with currently-approved Reliability Standards.
FERC issues a letter order granting approval of proposed Reliability Standard VAR-001-3 (Voltage and Reactive Control), its associated implementation plan, Violation Risk Factors, Violation Severity Levels, and retirement of VAR-001-2.
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)).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
FERC issues a notice shortening the date for filing answers to NERC's Motion for Extension of Time to and including May 31, 2013.
FERC issues an order granting rehearing for further consideration on the order remanding the proposed interpretation to CIP-002-4 issued on March 21, 2013.
FERC issues a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) in which it proposes to remand a proposed interpretation to Reliability Standard BAL-002-1, Requirements R4 and R5.
FERC issues Order No. 779, in which it directs NERC to submit to the Commission for approval proposed Reliability Standards that address the impact of GMD on the reliable operation of the Bulk-Power System. The Commission directs NERC to implement the directive in two stages.
FERC issues a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) in which it proposes to approve Reliability Standard TPL-001-4, which supersedes TPL-001-2.
FERC issues a notice of a technical conference focused on issues related to the reliability of the bulk power system (Reliability Technical Conference). This Commissioner-led conference will take place on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST at FERC.
FERC issues an errata correcting minor typographical errors in the Order on the ERO Defintion of Bulk Electric System (BES) and Rules of Procedure.
FERC issues an errata correcting minor typographical errors in the NOPR on Version 5 Critical Infrastructure Protection Reliability Standards.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
FERC issues a response to Order No. 773 which approves modifications to the currently effective definition of “bulk electric system” and revisions to the NERC Rules of Procedure. Order No. 773-A denies rehearing in part, grants rehearing in part, and otherwise reaffirms FERC’s determinations in Order No. 773.
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.
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.
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.
FERC issues an order in which it remands the proposed interpretation to Reliability Standard CIP-002-4, Requirement R3.
FERC issues an order remanding NERC's proposed interpretation to Reliability Standard CIP-006-4, Requirement R1.1.
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.
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.
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
FERC approves regional Reliability Standard PRC-006-NPCC-1, along with the related Violation Risk Factors, Violation Severity Levels, implementation plan, and effective dates proposed by NERC.
FERC issues a supplemental notice of the technical conference issued to gather input on information sharing and communications between the natural gas and electric power industries. The technical conference will be held on February 13, 2012 at the FERC offices. This notice includes the agenda.
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