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Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at FERC Order 799 directing the development of Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD) standards. In Phase I, NERC must specify the minimum criteria for GMD operations preparedness. Additional requirements will be added in Phase II for facility owners to conduct regular GMD vulnerability assessments.

FERC has directed that the Phase I version of the Geomagnetic Disturbance standard be submitted by 11/16/13. NERC will have until 11/16/2014 to develop the GMD benchmark and the Phase II requirements.