Section 7.0 of the Standard Processes Manual (Appendix 3A of the NERC Rules of Procedure) provides the Process for Developing an Interpretation.A valid Request for
Interpretation (RFI) is one that seeks additional clarity for one or more
Requirements in approved NERC Reliability Standards, but does not request
approval as to how to comply with one or more Requirements. A valid RFI
response provides additional clarity about one or more Requirements, but does
not expand on any Requirement and does not explain how to comply with any
Requirement. Any entity that is directly and materially affected by the
reliability of the North American Bulk Power System can request an
Interpretation of any Requirement in any continent-wide Reliability Standard.
Interpretations will only be provided for Board of Trustees-approved
Reliability Standards i.e. (i) the current effective version of a Reliability
Standard; or (ii) a version of a Reliability Standard with a future effective
Completed RFI forms should explain the clarification required,
the specific circumstances surrounding the request, and the impact of not
having the Interpretation provided. Submit completed forms via the NERC Helpdesk by selecting “Standards” from the “Service”
drop-down menu then “Standards Request for Interpretation” under “Category”.
NERC Reliability Standards and Legal staff will review the RFI to determine if
it meets the requirements for a valid Interpretation and will make a
recommendation to the Standards Committee (SC) whether to accept the RFI or
For example, an Interpretation request may be rejected where it:
If the SC rejects the RFI,
it shall provide a written explanation to the entity within 10 business days of
the decision. If the SC accepts the RFI, NERC Standards Staff shall (i) form a
ballot pool and (ii) assemble an Interpretation drafting team with the relevant
expertise. Interpretations are balloted in the same manner as Reliability
Below are the RFIs not
accepted by the SC. They include the corresponding responses to the entity that
submitted the request.
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