Standards Efficiency Review

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Status of SER Phase 2
The Standards Efficiency Review (SER) Phase 2 Team seeks industry input on the Operational Data Exchange Simplification Standard Authorization Request. Surveys are due by 8:00 p.m. Eastern, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Coordinate feedback into a single response for each organization or entity.

Based on industry feedback of six efficiency concepts, the SER Phase 2 Working Team prioritized four concepts to pursue:

-Evidence Retention Overhaul (complete),

-Consolidate Information/Data Exchange Requirements,

-Move Requirements to Guidance (incorporated into NERC policy, Risk Mitigation Framework), and  

-Prototype Standard

Overall 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
On June 7, 2019, NERC staff submitted a petition, FERC Docket Number RM19-17-000, for the approval of Reliability Standards Requirement retirements in the INT, FAC, PRC, and MOD Reliability Standards families, as developed by Project 2018-03 SER Retirements project. The petition proposed the retirement of approximately 84 Requirements.

The CIP Standards Efficiency Review project began in July 2019.

SER Phase 2 Scope and Approach
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:
    • SARs to remove inefficiencies in the Reliability Standards.
    • Policy recommendations to appropriate ERO staff or committee.
  • A sub-team, consisting of a few members from SER Phase 1 and Phase 2, are reviewing information from the SER Matrix input from the early stages of Phase 1, in order to identify efficiency opportunities not covered by Project 2018-03 SER Retirements or SER Phase 2. This sub-team is tasked with developing a SAR to summarize a consolidated list modification recommendations.
SER Phase 2 Project Timeline
  • March, 2019: Industry input on efficiency concepts
  • March-May, 2019: Evaluate and prioritize concepts
  • July 2019: Draft Evidence Retention Recommendations
  • September 2019: Presentation at joint SC & CCC meeting; Kansas City, MO
  • December 2019: Evidence Retention Recommendations to SC
  • Move Requirements to Guidance Recommendations (incorporated into NERC policy, Risk Mitigation Framework)
  • March 2020: Consolidate Data/Information Exchange Recommendations
  • Prototype Standard Recommendations (TBD)




Consideration of Comments
​Phase Two

 Operational Data Exchange Simplification
Standard Authorization Request

Supporting Materials

Unofficial Comment Form (Word)


Comment Period


Submit Feedback



 03/12/20 - 05/27/20​

SER Evidence Retention Recommendations (endorsed by SC December 18, 2019)​

​SER Evidence Retention White Paper

​Evidence Retention Report

Supporting Materials

Unofficial Comment Form (Word)


Comment Period


Submit Feedback

08/23/19 - 09/23/19



Comments Received

 Evidence Retention Comments from Texas RE



​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