Standard Authorization Request (SAR)
 

Section 4.0 of the Standard Processes Manual (SPM) (Appendix 3A of the NERC Rules of Procedure) provides the Process for Developing, Modifying, Withdrawing or Retiring a Reliability Standard. One of the first steps of this process is the development of a Standard Authorization Request (SAR).

A SAR is the form used to document the scope and reliability benefit of a proposed project for one or more new or modified Reliability Standards or definitions. It also is the form used to document the benefit of retiring one or more approved Reliability Standards. Any entity or individual, including NERC committees or subgroups and NERC Staff, may propose the development of a new or modified Reliability Standard, or may propose the retirement of a Reliability Standard (in whole or in part), by submitting a completed SAR to the NERC Reliability Standards Staff.

The NERC Reliability Standards Staff will review each SAR and work with the submitter to verify that all required information has been provided and that the submitter wishes to continue the process. All properly completed SARs will be submitted to the Standards Committee (SC) for action. The SC has the authority to approve the posting of all SARs for projects that propose (i) developing a new or modified Reliability Standard or definition or (ii) propose retirement of an existing Reliability Standard (or elements thereof). The SC will determine if the SAR is sufficiently complete to guide Reliability Standard development and whether the SAR is consistent with the SPM. The Standards Committee shall take one of the following actions:

  • Accept the SAR.
  • Remand the SAR back to the requestor or to NERC Reliability Standards Staff for additional work.
  • Reject the SAR, and if so, the SC must provide a written explanation for rejection to the submitter within ten days of the rejection decision.
  • Delay action on the SAR pending one of the following: (i) development of a technical justification for the proposed project; or (ii) consultation with another NERC Committee to determine if there is another approach to addressing the issue raised in the SAR.

If the SC accepts a SAR, the project shall be added to the list of approved projects and assigned a priority relative to all other projects under development already identified in the Reliability Standards Development Plan.

The SARs that were not accepted by the SC can be found below with the corresponding responses to the Entity that submitted the request.

 
  
  
  
  
  
collapse Year : 2018 ‎(1)
SC Response to CAISO SAR - PRC-024-2.pdfSC Response to CAISO SAR - PRC-024-2PRC-024-2California ISO9/21/2018
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SC Response to Utility Services SAR - CIP-014-2.pdfSC Response to Utility Services SAR - CIP-014-2CIP-014-2Utility Services, Inc.7/21/2017
SC Response to Gridforce SAR - INT-004-3.1.pdfSC Response to Gridforce SAR - INT-004-3.1INT-004-3.1Gridforce Energy Management, L.L.C.7/20/2017
SC Response to NEI-NITF SAR - PRC-024-2.pdfSC Response to NEI-NITF SAR - PRC-024-2PRC-024-2Nuclear Energy Institute NERC Issues Task Force7/20/2017
SC Response to IEEE SAR - PRC-005-4.pdfSC Response to IEEE SAR - PRC-005-4PRC-005-4IEEE Stationary Battery Committee4/21/2017