Statement on September FERC Open Meeting Actions
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The North American Electric Reliability Corporation appreciates the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of two NERC Reliability Standards addressing bulk electric system disturbances and protection system maintenance. FERC also issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on a third Reliability Standard on relay performance during stable power swings at its open meeting today.
The first order approves PRC-002-2 – Disturbance Monitoring and Reporting Requirements, which establishes mandatory requirements and continent-wide consistency for the monitoring and reporting of disturbances.  The second order addresses PRC-005-4 – Protection System, Automatic Reclosing and Sudden Pressure Relaying Maintenance, which provides a new definition for Sudden Pressure Relaying and revises four definitions. The NOPR addresses Reliability Standard PRC-026-1 – Relay Performance during Stable Power Swings, which is designed to ensure that applicable entities use protective relay systems that can differentiate between faults and stable power swings.
In other action, FERC issued a NOPR for “Availability of Certain North American Electric Reliability Corporation Databases,” which NERC will review and respond to as requested.
Reliability is a priority for NERC and industry and we will continue the work with FERC and stakeholders toward assuring the reliability of the North American bulk power system.
Posted On: 09/17/2015