WASHINGTON, D.C. -- System restoration and recovery plans maintained by nine utilities with regional bulk power grid responsibilities are thorough and highly detailed, finds a new report by staff at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC). The report adds that broadly adopting the practices in these plans would enhance the industry’s preparation for recovering from major storms and physical or cyber attacks, and allow other entities to recover more quickly and efficiently when such events occur. The joint review by FERC and NERC staff gathered information from a sample of regional bulk power system owners and operators, and found they have extensive incident response and recovery plans. Effective system recovery and restoration plans are essential to a quick and orderly recovery from reliability events such as blackouts caused by weather, bulk power system disturbances or possible cyber/physical attacks. The purpose of the joint staff review was to assess and verify the utility industry’s recovery and restoration plans and to assess the effectiveness of related mandatory Reliability Standards in maintaining reliability. The review was not a compliance or enforcement initiative.
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