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Today’s LiveWire Spotlight concerns the third version COM-003-1, the NERC Standard governing the communications protocols used by System Operators in the exchange of day-to-day operations information. This version significantly adjusts the strategy taken in previous versions of COM-003-1 and no longer looks to confirm that every Operating Instruction is executed properly.

The third draft of COM-003-1 and its supporting documents have been posted on NERC’s web site for industry stakeholder review and a concurrent ballot. Comments must be returned – and all votes cast – by September 20, 2012.