Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at the descriptions, resolutions, and the penalties assessed for Reliability Standards’ violations from April 1 thru June 30, 2020.  Three filings stuck out due to the size of the penalties – one for a transmission/vegetation flashover ($1,000,000), a second for 36 CIP infractions ($450,000), and the third for multiple Protection System maintenance violations ($375,000).

Violations that contribute to system events continue to result in the highest penalties.  However, a trend is emerging where auditors perform Facility Ratings walkdowns – and assess hefty fines if the installed equipment ratings do not conform with the methodology.