Today’s LiveWire Spotlight looks at NERC’s 2020 Situational Awareness Conference, the latest annual assembly addressing the role of SCADA and Energy Management Systems (EMS) in BES reliability.  The theme: situational awareness during the pandemic.  This year’s event (the eighth since its inception in 2013) was held online in three two-hour sessions.

NERC believes that situational awareness operations are holding up under the pressure of the pandemic but will quickly degrade if the platforms are not kept current. Clients must continue to apply (and test!) patches/upgrades if performance is to remain adequate.