Standards Efficiency Review

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The Standards Efficiency Review (SER) Phase 2 Working Team is developing efficiency concepts, and will solicit for industry input in March 2019.

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 1 has transitioned to formal standards development process. Updates on SER Phase 1 project can be found here: Project 2018-03 Standard Efficiency Review Retirements. SER Phase 2 has formed a working team and project scope.

SER Phase 2 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 2 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
  • February 22, 2019: Industry webinar
  • March, 2019: Solicit industry input on efficiency concepts
  • March, 2019: Working Team conference call
  • March-May, 2019: Evaluate and prioritize concepts
  • May, 2019: Recommendation 1
  • July, 2019: Recommendation 2
  • September, 2019: Recommendation 3
DraftActionsDatesResultsConsideration of Comments
​Phase 2
​Phase 1

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