Today’s LiveWire Spotlight examines FERC Docket RD16-6-000, which announces FERC’s approval of two standards that establish minimum performance expectations for BES Real-time situational awareness tools – primarily SCADA and EMS. The new standards close out three directives in FERC Order 693 calling for reliability requirements that will “enable operators to deal with real-time situations”.

IRO-018-1 and TOP-010-1 will take effect in the U.S. on 4/1/2018. By that date, Balancing Authorities, Transmission Operators, and Reliability Coordinators must implement their situational awareness Operating Policies and Plans.