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LiveWire Supplement – CIP Version 5 Recirculation Ballot

This special LiveWire supplement describes the key updates to the CIP Version 5 standards presently up for a ten day recirculation ballot. Normally a fully 30 day review period would have been required, but the project is being expedited through the development...

Spotlight on Recent Projects Approved by the NERC Board of Trustees

Today’s LiveWire Spotlight is on NERC’s recent adoption of five Reliability Standards falling under two major project headings. Project 2010-07 “Generator Requirements at the Transmission Interface” and Project 2007-03 “Real-time Transmission Operations”...

Spark Alert on NERC's 2011 Grid Security Exercise Final Report

This LiveWire Spark alert addresses NERC’s final report summarizing the findings from a simulation held last November of a large-scale coordinated cyber attack on the BES. The task force organizers’ recommendations are under review by the Electricity...

Spark Alert on FERC's Conditional Approval of the FFT Process

This Spark alert addresses FERC’s recent approval of the Find, Fix, Track, and Report (FFT) initiative. It is perhaps the most contentious part of the ERO’s Compliance Enforcement Initiative – intended to improve the throughput of Standards violations that pose...

Spark Alert on Standards Review Notification – Project 2007-03

This is a LiveWire Spark alert on the seventh draft of TOP-001-2, TOP-002-3, and TOP-003-2 – representing a large scale overhaul of the Transmission Operations Standards. The project team’s intent is to clarify responsibilities, eliminate redundancy, and...

Spark Alert on Remanded Compliance Application Notices

This LiveWire Spark informational item concerning two remanded Compliance Application Notices (CANs) that has far-reaching implications to NERC Reliability Standards compliance. Effective immediately, both CAN-0008 and CAN-0016 can no longer be used by audit teams to...