WASHINGTON, D.C. – At its monthly open meeting, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) took action on a key reliability item, issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking for regional Reliability Standard BAL-002-WECC-3 – Contingency Reserve. The proposed regional standard, submitted jointly by NERC as the Electric Reliability Organization and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC), applies to balancing authorities and reserve sharing groups in the WECC Region and specifies the quantity and types of contingency reserve required to ensure reliability under normal and abnormal conditions.
While FERC proposes to approve the standard, it directs NERC and WECC to submit an informational filing 27 months following the standard's implementation that addresses the adequacy of contingency reserves in the Western Interconnection.
NERC and WECC appreciate today's action and will continue to work with toward assuring the reliability of the North American bulk power system.
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