Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at NERC’s commissioning guidelines status report filed at year’s end with FERC. It describes the progress of several initiatives intended to address the Commission’s concern that Protection Systems may not be properly verified against their design when placed in service.

For now, FERC agrees that Protection System failures resulting from commissioning slip-ups can be addressed through guidelines and Lessons Learned. That may change if a BES outage is triggered by an oversight error during the deployment process.