ATLANTA – Industry is well prepared and taking aggressive steps to confront the threat posed by the current pandemic, responses to NERC’s Level 2 alert showed. The alert, sent to industry on March 10, required industry to respond to NERC by March 20.
The vast majority of registered entities indicated that they either have a written pandemic response plan or are in the process of developing one in light of the COVID-19 crisis, an unprecedented event for bulk power system operators in North America. In addition, utilities responded to NERC’s Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center’s (E-ISAC’s) early February all-points bulletin and have reviewed their supply chains to develop plans to deal with potential equipment shortfalls.
Responses reflect industry attention toward potential vulnerabilities that could arise due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, NERC conducts a weekly situational awareness call with the continent’s Reliability Coordinators, who have generally activated their back-up control centers, isolated key workers and are maintaining a deep cleaning routine.
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