Statement on FERC November 20 Meeting Actions
The North American Electric Reliability Corporation is pleased with the actions taken by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at its open meeting today. The approval of the physical security standard and the affirmation of NERC’s five-year performance assessment allows NERC and the Regions to continue their mission of assuring reliability of the bulk power system.
“FERC’s approval of the physical security standard is an important step forward in our continued efforts to address security of the grid. Additionally, FERC’s acknowledgement of the electric reliability organization’s progress over the past five years is greatly appreciated,” said Gerry Cauley, president and chief executive officer. “We will continue to strengthen our effectiveness and work with FERC, Regional Entities and reliability stakeholders to address reliability priorities facing the bulk power system.”
CIP-014-1–Physical Security, which was filed with FERC on May 23, 2014, is a standard developed in response to a March 7, 2014 FERC order that directed NERC to file a standard addressing physical security threats and vulnerabilities within 90 days. The standard identifies a security approach that focuses on the most critical facilities, incorporates risk management and further affirms NERC and the industry’s foundational physical security efforts. FERC retained two directives from its proposed rulemaking, directing NERC to address the term “widespread” within six months and to submit an informational filing within two years regarding whether the standard should be applicable to additional control centers.
FERC also issued an order commenting on the Five-Year ERO Performance Assessment, which highlights the achievements of the ERO and the eight Regional Entities from 2009 to 2013 and outlines ongoing efforts to continue enhancing the reliability and security of the bulk power system. FERC affirmed these achievements and directed NERC to take actions to further enhance its effectiveness as the ERO.
Finally, FERC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing approval of BAL-001-2–Real Power Balancing Control Performance. Filed with FERC on April 2, 2014, the standard requires real power demand and supply to be balanced in real-time in order to maintain interconnection steady-state frequency within defined limits. FERC proposed directives that require informational filings related to the standard and requested comments on the NOPR within 60 days of its publication in the Federal Register.
NERC will respond to all directives by their required deadlines. NERC appreciates FERC’s actions and comments and looks forward to the continued work toward assuring the reliability and security of the North American grid.
Posted On: 11/20/2014