Today’s LiveWire Spotlight concerns the fourth 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 builds on the strategy taken in COM-003-1 Draft 3 to focus compliance efforts on the internal process control of communications protocols, not 100% adherence.

The fourth 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 December 13, 2012.