This LiveWire Spark alert concerning NERC’s recent announcement that they would be developing an inventory of spare equipment – starting with hard-to-get high-voltage transformers. These are susceptible to geomagnetic disturbances which may impair or destroy multiple units at one time.

Overview: NERC has released a special report outlining the progress of their effort to locate and collect spare high voltage transformers into a virtual inventory. They hope to assure the emergency availability of expensive components with long lead times – which happen to be susceptible to severe geomagnetic events such as solar storms. This initiative ties into a global endeavor of pressing interest to political leaders and state security – intensified by a series of recent high-magnitude solar eruptions.