Statement on September FERC Open Meeting
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) took action on several items related to reliability as they reconvened today at the first open meeting since January 2017. FERC issued two final rules on NERC standards as well as a notice of proposed rulemaking.

Order No. 836 approves Reliability Standards BAL-005-1 – Balancing Authority Control and FAC-001-3 – Facility Interconnection Requirements and the retirement of currently effective Reliability Standards BAL-005-0.2b, BAL-006-2 and FAC-001-2.

Order No. 837 approves Reliability Standard PRC-012-2 – Remedial Action Schemes. The purpose of PRC-012-2 is to ensure that remedial action schemes do not introduce unintentional or unacceptable reliability risks to the bulk electric system. The final rule also approves the retirement of Reliability Standards PRC-015-1 and PRC-016-1 as well as NERC’s request to withdraw proposed Reliability Standards PRC-012-1, PRC-013-1 and PRC-014-1, which were previously pending before FERC.
Both final rules become effective 60 days after their publication in the federal register.
FERC also issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) for proposed Emergency Preparedness and Operations (EOP) Reliability Standards EOP-004-4 – Event Reporting, EOP-005-3 – System Restoration from Blackstart Resources, EOP-006-3 – System Restoration Coordination and EOP-008-2 – Loss of Control Center Functionality. NERC will review the NOPR and submit comments as appropriate. 

The reliability and security of the bulk power system remains a priority for NERC and industry. NERC staff appreciates the action taken today as a quorum was restored and is dedicated to working with FERC and stakeholders toward continued reliability of the North American bulk power system.
Posted On: 09/20/2017