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NERC reliability standards are developed using an industry-driven ANSI-accredited process that ensures the process: is open to all persons who are directly and materially affected by the reliability of the North American bulk power system; is transparent to the public; demonstrates the consensus for each standard; fairly balances the interests of all stakeholders; provides for reasonable notice and opportunity for comment; and enables the development of standards in a timely manner. NERC’s ANSI-accredited standards development process is defined in the Standard Processes Manual and is guided by reliability and market interface principles.
NERC reliability standards define the reliability requirements for planning and operating the North American bulk power system, and are developed using a results-based approach that focuses on performance, risk management, and entity capabilities. The Reliability Functional Model defines the functions that need to be performed to ensure the bulk electric system operates reliably, and is the foundation upon which the reliability standards are based.
The Standards Committee (SC) oversees and prioritizes NERC’s standards development activities. The SC also coordinates the development of reliability standards by NERC with the development of wholesale electric business practices by the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB). Standards Drafting Teams, made up of industry volunteers and supported by NERC staff, work collaboratively to develop requirements using results-based principles that focus on three areas: measurable performance, risk mitigation strategies, and entity capabilities.

The Registered Ballot Body (RBB) comprises all entities that qualify and register for one of the ten industry segments as defined in the Registered Ballot Body Criteria. Members of the RBB may vote on all proposed standards. Anyone who is directly and materially affected may propose a new standard or a revision to an existing one. Anyone may submit comments on a standard under development.

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If you have suggestions for improvement related to NERC’s Reliability Standards, Reliability Standards Development Plan, or standard processes in general, please complete the Suggestions Form located on the Standards Resource Documents Web page and return to Valerie Agnew.

For more information about the standards program please contact Mark Lauby.