Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at a joint NERC/FERC Report that looks to identify beneficial practices to reduce the number and duration of Real-time assessment outages that impair System Operator situational awareness.  The joint team reviewed Events Analysis reports, assessed guidance documents, and held data gathering sessions with RCs/TOPs to determine how Registered Entity function, location, operating footprint, and Control Center design impacts Real-time Assessment performance – among other goals.

In their 2021 Reliability Report, NERC has confirmed that ongoing focus on EMS/SCADA is returning Real-time Assessment performance results.  The improvements are attributed to device failures and human error reductions, but one big event could erase all the gains.