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Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines a draft Reliability Guideline proposed by NERC which addresses situations where voice and data communications are lost between a generating facility and other BES operators – primarily Balancing Authorities. The guideline assumes the Generator Operator recognizes that the system is in an unusual state, but does not know the geographical extent of the abnormality or its expected duration.

The initial draft of NERC’s Reliability Guideline on Generating Unit Operations has been posted for a 30 day industry stakeholder review. Comments must be returned to reliabilityguidelinecomments@nerc.net by February 28, 2014.