Board Takes Action on Cold Weather Risks, Sets Priorities on Extreme Events, Energy Sufficiency, Cybersecurity

ATLANTA – Cold weather risk featured prominently at NERC’s quarterly Board of Trustees meeting, including Board action prioritizing proposed cold weather standards, a preview of the upcoming Winter Reliability Assessment, discussion of winter preparations, and emphasis of Standards Committee work. In other key actions, the Board adopted work plan priorities focused on resilience for widespread, long-term extreme temperature events, energy sufficiency, enhanced cyber standards and E-ISAC operations.

Board Chair Ken DeFontes said in opening remarks that the “FERC/NERC Cold Weather Inquiry” will be released soon and that the risks identified must be addressed expeditiously, including the recommendations for the development of standards. 

DeFontes noted that the grid is rapidly changing along with weather patterns and we must do whatever is necessary to ready the system for these events – which are no longer rare. He expressed disappointment with recent action by the Standards Committee delaying the cold weather standards authorization request, while stressing that industry takes extreme weather risk seriously and is up to the task.​ 

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Posted On: 11/04/2021