Today’s LiveWire Spotlight article looks at a new NERC’s Lessons Learned named “Substation Fires: Working with First Responders”. The document contrasts two incidents where equipment failures touched off substation fires. The first was handled professionally and skillfully; the second not so much.

Wide-area electric system outages that result from substation failures are among NERC’s top reliability concerns. Severe penalties may be levied if a fire causes BES instability or Cascading, and it is found that an Operator did not act upon these Lessons Learned.