Standards Efficiency Review

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The SER Phase 2 Team seeks industry input on the six efficiency concepts listed below and their ability to address the perceived areas of inefficiency within the Reliability Standards. Complete the SER Phase 2 Questionnaire (link below) by 8:00 p.m. Eastern, Friday, March 22, 2019. Please coordinate feedback into a single response for each organization or entity.

1. Evidence Retention Overhaul

2. Prototype Standard

3. Move Requirements to Guidance

4. Consolidate and Simplify Training Requirements

5. Consolidate Information/Data Exchange Requirements

6. Relocate Competency-based Requirements to Certification Program/CMEP Controls Review

Project Scope
Evaluate NERC Reliability Standards using a risk-based approach to identify potential efficiencies through retirement or modification of Reliability Standard Requirements. Considering that many Reliability Standards have been mandatory and enforceable for 10+ years in North America, this project seeks to identify potential candidate requirements that are not essential for reliability, could be simplified or consolidated, and could thereby reduce regulatory obligations and/or compliance burden.

SER Phase One has transitioned to formal standards development process. Updates on SER Phase One project can be found here: Project 2018-03 Standard Efficiency Review Retirements. SER Phase Two has formed a working team and project scope.

SER Phase Two Scope
Evaluate NERC Reliability Standards (O&P and CIP), as informed by implementation experiences and compliance practices, to develop and recommend standards-based solutions intended to reduce inefficiencies and unnecessary regulatory burdens for the purpose of supporting continued safe, secure and reliable operations.  

The Phase Two Team will focus on the following activities:

  • Identify areas of inefficiency in the current framework of Reliability Standards
  • Collaborate and communicate with industry to ensure all areas of inefficiency and potential solutions are considered
  • Potential solutions may include, but are not limited to the following:
    • SARs to remove inefficiencies in the Reliability Standards
    • Policy recommendations to appropriate ERO staff or committee
Project Timeline
  • November, 2018-January, 2019: Develop initial efficiency concepts
  • November 5, 2018: Working Team conference call
  • December 4, 2018: Working Team in-person meeting, Atlanta, GA
  • January 14, 2019: Advisory Group conference call
  • February 11, 2018: Working Team conference call
  • March, 2019: Solicit industry input on efficiency concepts
  • March-May, 2019: Evaluate and prioritize concepts
  • May, 2019: Recommendation One
  • July, 2019: Recommendation Two
  • September, 2019: Recommendation Three
DraftActionsDatesResultsConsideration of Comments
​Phase Two


​SER Phase 2 Concepts Form (Word)


Comment Period


Submit Feedback​


2/22/19 - 3/22/19​

​Phase One

SER Recommendations

Standards Authorization Request

Supporting Materials

Unofficial Comment Form (Word)

Comment Period


Submit Comments​

06/07/18 - 07/10/18​

Comments Received​

Submit the completed Spreadsheet to

​12/13/17 - 2/2/18

Completed Matrices


MRO 1/30/18

Hydro-Quebec TransEnergie 1/31/18

Chelan County PUD 1/31/18

MRO NSRF 2/1/18

City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri

SMUD 2/2/18

Entergy 2/2/18

Sunflower Electric Power Corp. 2/2/18

ISO NE 2/2/18

NPCC 2/2/18
Ontario IESO 2/2/18
Aces 2/3/18

Arizona Public Service 2/3/18

American Transmission Company 2/3/18

BC Hydro 2/3/18

Bonneville Power Administration 2/3/18

City Light 2/3/18

ConEd NY 2/3/18

Eversource 2/3/18

ITC Transco 2/3/18

Midwest 2/3/18

Nuclear Energy Institute 2/3/18

Oklahoma GE 2/3/18

PSEG 2/3/18

SERC 2/3/18

SouthernCo 2/3/18

Transmission Access Policy Study Group 2/3/18

WEC Energy Group 2/3/18

Imperial Irrigation 2/5/18

Duke Energy 2/5/18

North American Generator Forum 2/5/18

SPP 2/5/18

NRECA Members 2/6/18

Edison Electric Institute 2/28/18

Xcel Energy 2/28/18

PJM 2/28/18

WAPA 2/28/18

Chelan County PUD 3/8/18

MISO 3/8/18

ERCOT 3/8/18


Supplemental Nomination Period


Supporting Materials


Submit the completed Nomination Form to

12/12/17 - 1/12/18
Review Team Nominations
Supporting Materials

Nomination Period

11/14/17 - 11/30/17