WASHINGTON, D.C. – The ERO Enterprise released new guidance providing additional regulatory relief related to registered entities’ coronavirus response. The relief temporarily expands the Self-Logging Program to allow all registered entities to self-log instances of potential noncompliance with minimal or moderate risk related to their coronavirus response. While registered entities remain responsible for maintaining compliance with NERC Reliability Standards, this expansion allows them to focus their immediate efforts and resources on maintaining the safety of their workforce and communities to assure the reliability of the bulk power system during this public health emergency. Under this temporary expansion of the Self-Logging Program, potential noncompliance related to coronavirus impacts and logged consistently with this guidance is expected to be resolved without further action.
NERC and FERC previously announced steps to ensure that operators of the Bulk Electric System can focus their resources where they are most needed. NERC is maintaining an FAQ document addressing industry questions on the guidance on the CMEP One-Stop Shop. FERC also approved NERC’s motion to defer the implementation of seven Reliability Standards with effective dates or phased-in implementation dates in the second half of 2020 to help assure grid reliability amid the impacts posed by the coronavirus outbreak. Finally, the ERO Enterprise postponed on-site audits and other on-site activities through September 7, 2020.
During this challenging time, the ERO Enterprise recognizes the importance of prioritizing the health and safety of personnel and the continued reliability and security of the bulk power system and will continue to evaluate the circumstances to determine whether additional guidance is needed.
ERO Enterprise Guidance: Potential Noncompliance Related to Coronavirus Impacts | COVID-19 Logging Spreadsheet - Template
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